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 metal knot sculptures, where theory and concept are explored through intricate shapes and figures.
Knots have dual associations for Gilbert Boro: their indispensable application in sailing, which he learned as teenager living on Long Island Sound; and unity - 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 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 grace and strength 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.
Visitors are even encouraged to touch and rotate the sculptures! This is a very special treat reserved for ONLY this show at the Lyman Allyn!