David Borawski | "BLAST"

On view March 1 – March 30, 2016

Art reception on March 5th  SATURDAY 6 – 8:30 pm

EBK Gallery [small works].
218 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT


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EBK Gallery is pleased to show selected drawings by the artist David Borawski. David is mostly known for his engaging and provocative conceptual video and installation pieces.

Those who follow his work will quickly see that his frequent source of reference happens to be ideas dealing with explosive or charged subjects, as in social issues, political issues, economic issues, media obsessions, etc. For me this series of drawings make perfect sense. They’re detonations found in the public domain, the symbol of the release of energy, the blast.  -E.B.K.


“I create conceptually driven work that seeks to exploit our collective memory of politics, pop culture, art history, scandal and war, invoking visual and cognitive signs, or “clues”, that elicit a (sub)conscious nostalgia, building multiple layers of information to be considered and processed.

For the exhibition BLAST, digital “clip art” of explosions that were found on the internet are transformed into analog drawings of ink on tyvek. With the media bombardment of images on the web depicting war zones, riots and protests, environmental and space disasters, the iconic image of the smoke plume is forever etched upon our minds.”  -D.Borawski.


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CV / Resume

David Borawski

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2016       Blast, EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT. (March)

2016       Wicked Garden, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT.  (March)

2015      Sell Me Down the River, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.

2014      God Save Your Mad Parade, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.

2013      At the Start of the End of History, ArtWalk, Hartford, CT
              In the Next Worlds Fair, The Orison Project, Essex, CT.

2012      Somewhere Between Support and Collapse, Elon University, Elon, NC.

2011      The Other Side, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

2009      Goes Around Comes Around, Artspace, New Haven, CT.
              Born to Win, Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.

2007      Learn to Forget, Olin Gallery, W & J College, Washington, PA.

2002      Strange Days, Samuel T. Chen Gallery, C.C.S.U, New Britain, CT.

1998      Redivider, NewSpace Gallery, M.C.C., Manchester, CT.

1997      Twist and Crawl, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA.

1992      Recent Allegations, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.



Group Exhibitions (selected):

2015      Violent Nature, Dehn Gallery, Manchester, CT.

              Borawski, Fusigna, Roleke, Space B, Brooklyn, NY.

2014     CT(un)bound, Artspace, New Haven, CT.

             TEMPEST, The Institute Library, New Haven, CT.

2013    Road Trip, work-detroit, Detroit, MI.

            7th Water Tower Arts Festival, SAMCA, Sofia, Bulgaria.

2012    Illuminated Universe, Artspace, New Haven, CT.

            Seen/Unseen, Wiseman Gallery, Rogue College, Grants Pass, OR.

2011    I Think It’s Conceptual!, John Slade Ely Art Center, New Haven, CT.

            Lightworks 2011, Grimsby Minster, Grimsby, United Kingdom.

2010    PixelPops! V6, outdoor locations in Brooklyn, NY and Newark, NJ.

            What If? 60 X 60, Axiom Gallery, Boston, MA.

            Magmart, PAN Screening Program, Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Italy.

2009    Liquid, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, MCC, Manchester, CT.

2007    Lineal Investigations, Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT.

            50,000 Beds, Aldrich Museum/Real Art Ways/Artspace, CT. (catalogue).

            Furious: The Angry Show, Eyebeam, Atlanta, GA.

            Visual Noise, UMC Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

2006     The Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York, NY.

2005     Innocent Beauty-Lolita, AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

            Other America, Exit Art, New York, NY.

            Capturing Utopia, Fournos Centre for Digital Culture, Athens, Greece.

2000     Chance Future, Artpool Art Research Center. Budapest, Hungary.

             Künstlerbanknoten, Museum für Moderne Kunst Weddel, Weddel, Germany,

1999     All Mimsy Were the Borogoves, ABC No Rio, New York, NY.

1998    Disappearing Act, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY.

            Material World, Spaces, Cleveland, OH.

1996    Copiacabana Project, MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain.

            New Work ’96, ARTSPACE, New Haven, CT. (Bill Arning, juror).


Benefit and Open Exhibitions (selected):

2011    Exchange with Sol LeWitt, MassMoca, North Adams, MA.

2010    Instructions for Initial Conditions, Drift Station, Lincoln, NE.

2006    Post It, Atkinson Gallery, Southport, United Kingdom.

2004/14 Postcards From the Edge, Visual Aids Benefit, New York, NY.

2002    Free Manifesta, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

1994    The First Fundraising Event, American Fine Arts Co., New York, NY.

            Benefit Exhibition and Auction, The New Museum, New York, NY.



2014       Hartford Business Development Grant for Artists, Hartford, CT.

2012       Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant, Hartford, CT.                                                     

2008       New Boston Fund Individual Artist Fellowship, GHAC, Hartford, CT.

2001       Connemara Conservancy Foundation, Dallas, TX. (with Gil Scullion).


Curatorial Projects (selected):

2015       Tempest, The Institute Library, New Haven, CT.

2013       Shifting Territories, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT.

               MAINIFOLD, The Dirt Salon, Hartford, CT.

2012       OVERHEAD UNDER FOOT, John Slade Ely Art Center, New Haven, CT.

               RIDE, The Dirt Salon, Hartford, CT.

               X5, ATOM Space @ EViSIONFEST, Hartford, CT.

               NOW ON, ATOM Space, Hartford, CT.

               AS IT EVER WAS, ATOM Space, Hartford, CT.

2010       Guest Juror, Step-Up, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.

2001       ANYMORE, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.

1999       DD-MM-YY, alternative space, Hartford, CT.

1998       Tick Tick Tick, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.

1997       Twister, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.


Bibliography (selected):

Appel, Alan. TEMPEST Strikes Library, New Haven Independant (1/9/15)                                                   http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/tempest_strikes_library/id_73065

Markonish, Denise.  45 Check-Ins, essay in 50,000 Beds exhibition catalogue,
Artspace, New Haven; Real Art Ways, Hartford; The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT.

Löbach-Hinweiser, Bernd.  Künstlerbanknoten, essay in Künstlerbanknoten
exhibition catalogue, Museum für moderne Kunst, Weddel, Germany.

Damsker, Matt.  Edgy Art Inhabits Hartford Foundry, The Hartford Courant (2/7/99) pp.G5.

Utter, Douglas Max.  Material World, New Art Examiner (June) pp.59.
Putre, Laura. Plants, Parties and Polyester, The Cleveland Free Times (3/18/98) pp.22.

Keedle, Jayne.  A D.I.Y. Gallery, The Hartford Advocate (11/21/97) pp.19, photograph

Latter, Ruth. From Construction Sites, The Daily Progress (Va.) (5/22/97) pp. D1.

Rush, Michael. Six Artists, Art New England (Feb/March 1997) pp.36.

McNally, Owen.  RAW Talent, The Hartford Courant (5/24/96) pp.E5, photograph.

Karmel, Terese.  Boarding up the Academy, The Chronicle (7/29/94) pp.7, photograph.

Raynor, Vivian. A Storefront Exhibition Meant to Nurture the Nontraditional,
The New York Times  (4/10/94)  pp. 22 CN.



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