August 24 – October 27, 2019
Knot Theory: Sculptural Works by Gilbert Boro is the latest exhibit in Lyman Allyn’s Near :: New contemporary series. Boro is a sculptor, architect, educator, and international design consultant, whose sculptures focus on the interplay of space, place, and scale. As the name suggests, Knot Theory will highlight Boro’s knot sculptures, exploring their intricate shapes and figures. The exhibition will be on view in Glassenberg Gallery.
Knots have dual associations for Boro: their indispensable applications in sailing, which he learned as a teenager living on Long Island Sound; their symbolism of unity, which is seen in the synergy created from weaving different strands to form a strong bond. Boro’s knots simultaneously expose the inherent power and strength of their construction with the smoothness and elegance of their grace. A sailboat cannot navigate challenging weather without a crew working in unison to ensure the knots and lines are correctly placed. It is this dual bond between strength and grace that creates a universal harmony — as in art and in life. Unlike the tautness of a sailor’s knot, the voids floating between Boro’s strands recognize that we still need space to expand and thrive while exploring our common bonds through sculpture.