On the bone-chilling evening of March 26th, New York-based artist Borbay unveiled his latest exhibition, The Futurism, at WIX Lounge in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea. The collection of works on view were inspired by the artist’s recreation of The Figure Five In Gold, by Precisionism master, Charles Demuth. Precisionism is a modern American art movement which reached its height in the 1920s and 1930s, which was influenced by both Cubism, and Futurism, hence the name of the exhibition.
The Futurism had a strong emphasis on architectural elements of both New York City and Las Vegas, respectively. Borbay is known for his usage of bold color, which was omnipresent throughout the collection of pieces, using complementary colors to shadow focal points, as opposed to just muting, and fading out.
As a Brooklyn girl, my favorite was “Domino Sugar Factory”, a stunning painting of the iconic structure on the Williamsburg waterfront in its untouched glory.
Although the exhibition was truly focused on architectural pieces, the piece de resistance was definitely a portrait of “Michael Jackson”. The painting features Borbay’s mixed media technique, as seen in his #KingsofHipHop show, featuring New York Post headlines layered in the face of the subject.
The painting will serve as the cover of forthcoming biography, Michael Jackson, Inc. , by author and Forbes Senior Editor, Zack O’Malley Greenburg. Check out more photos of the exhibition below, and head over to The Grio for my feature on Greenburg’s book, and more on his friendship with Borbay!
*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo