Scot Borofsky at Jules Goldman Books

The newest art venue

‘Autumn Shadows’ (2010): That hypnotic feeling.
‘Autumn Shadows’ (2010): That hypnotic feeling.

One of my favorite stores has morphed into an art gallery.

I've always enjoyed my trips to Jules Goldman's store, because I never knew what I would find there. One time it might be a box filled with 18th Century religious tracts published by the Society of Friends; another it might be a barrel containing brightly colored, hand-carved decoy ducks; and yet another, a portfolio of sketches by the Philadelphia artist and poet Emlen Pope Etting.

Although the Goldman shop is largely given over to used books, visitors could always look through stacks of lithographs, watercolors and pencil sketches. Now Jules has apparently decided to organize things in a more conventional way. Currently he has a display of more than 50 paintings by the New York artist Scot Borofsky.

I'm told that Borofsky sprang from the same graffiti/art culture that produced Basquiat and Keith Haring. His work has that same sort of nervous energy. It varies from totally abstract imagery to abstract-with-traces-of-figurative motifs.

Some of the pieces are masses of lines, tangling and intertwining, and consequently producing a somewhat hypnotic effect. Summer Hay is especially effective is this regard.

Other pieces are more solid— shapes on canvas, like Haystack and Shaman's Fire. I especially liked Raft of the Medusa— Borofsky's salute to Guernica?— and Autumn Shadows, for its peaceful colors.♦

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