Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

James Boorstein

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2002

While at the Sorosis Studio Boorstein worked on his post 9/11 text called Delayering. He created small interventions with colored thread in the forest (see Primary Lines), practiced Japanese Archery, and worked at photographing the flight of falling leaves.

James Boorstein's visual work questions patterns of looking, slowing viewers, and directing their attention to the lush qualities of everyday life. The subtle, sometimes mysterious nature of Boorstein's work offers a rich experience of being present in a specific place. Boorstein has produced a wide-ranging body of sculptural work using thread, steel, wood, light, heat, grass, smoke, burlap, and water.

Observation is also a focal point in his writing, which often pairs humor with history to consider the relationship of the noticed and un-noticed worlds. His photographs and video work follow related themes of perception and an awareness of place.



James Boorstein worked in the Sorosis studio.

Sorosis Studio was funded by the New York Carol Club of Sorosis. The small, masonry studio was designed by F. Winsor, Jr., the architect who also designed Savidge Library (1926) and Mixter Studio (1927). At the time of construction, the large porch on the southeast façade offered a spectacular mountain view that has since been obscured…

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