Serenade for Sabra
Serenade for Sabra

2013 carved mahogany, pencil, paper and fishing wire on wooden base 14 ½" x 12 ½" x 9"

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Broom Service
Broom Service

2013 carved and painted walnut, pine and pencils 9"w x 13"h x 7"d

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Offering of the Magician
Offering of the Magician

2013 carved walnut, pencil and aluminum on wooden base, 7 w x 32"h x 7"d

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Offering of the Magician (detail)
Offering of the Magician (detail)
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Open Sundays
Open Sundays

2013 carved and painted mahogany, cedar, pencil, aluminum and found objects on wooden base 16" x 11" x 8" inches

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Desdamona
Desdamona

2013 pencil, plastic pencil sharpener and plunger 14" x 6 ½" x 6 ½"

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"The" Accountant
"The" Accountant

2013 carved and painted oak, pencil and found objects on wooden base 19 ½" x 9 ¾" x 9 ¾"

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Pencil Envy
Pencil Envy

2013 carved mahogany, walnut, pencil and aluminum 16" x 8 ¾" x 8 ¾"

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Double Agent
Double Agent

2013 carved oak, mahogany, pencil and found objects on wooden base 14 ½" x 7 ¾" x 7 ¾"

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Palm Reader
Palm Reader

2013 carved mahogany, cedar and pencil on wooden base 13 ¾" x 12 ½" x 8 ½"

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Ballet Mécanique
Ballet Mécanique

2012, carved oak and mahogany and mixed media 22 ¾" x 14 ½" x 10"

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Farrier Waltz
Farrier Waltz

2012 carved oak and walnut and found objects 22" x 12" x 8"

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Hiccup and Other Reflexes
Hiccup and Other Reflexes

2012 carved and painted pine, oak, mahogany and poplar and found objects 22 ¾" x 12 ¾" x 9 ½"

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Shoes For Dreamwalker
Shoes For Dreamwalker

2012 carved oak, cedar, poplar and mahogany, found objects and ostrich egg 17 ¾" x 8" x 6 ½"

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Belting Out
Belting Out

2013 carved mahogany, oak, fake leather belt and matches 12" x 9 ¼" x 9"

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Self Portrait
Self Portrait

2013 mixed-media assemblage 12" x 18" x 10" inches

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Master Architect
Master Architect

2013 mixed-media assemblage 13" x 9" x 9"

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PLAYTIME

András Böröcz works with his own personal iconography based on objects (the pencil, ostrich egg, glove, cactus, chimney, barrel, etc.), which appears repeatedly as he traverses a variety of themes, whether in drawing, sculpture or performance, where human conditions are coded. His personal expression is transformed to a collective experience through humor and in his choices of materials. 

By playing with function and cultural symbols and by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to contemporary society, he makes works that can be seen as portraits of himself and also of everyman. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky; at other times they seem typical by-products of the search for collective cultural truths and global symbols. 

Böröcz finds that movement, whether actual or implied reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes human vulnerabilities. His works appear dreamlike in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. Often his sculptures are a summary of a performance, but just as often, the sculptures inspire one.

Böröcz's work with pencils – begun more than 23 years ago – applies a poetic and often absurd and metaphorical language with references and ideas completely integrated into the process and composition of the work. The pencil has become, in a sense, his signature material.

András Böröcz was born in Budapest, Hungary. His work has been exhibited extensively in Europe and the U.S.