DJAWID C. BOROWER (1958-)
He was glad that the truth was finally out in the open, and he welcomed the upheavals and changes that followed as a consequence of that truth. Painting of a US Dollar, 2000
Oil on canvas
78 ½ x 71 inches
A dramatic writer whose works have been performed on radio and stage in both Germany and Austria and a Viennese art correspondent for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, German artist Djawid C. Borower is an artist who lifts images from government currencies to produce his paintings. His copies of the images are rendered on large scaled canvases which adopt the look of portraits, yet he uses a method of dragging a squeegee across the finished painting while the paint is still wet to present the viewer with an image of a more conceptual nature. The titles he attaches to his works, taken from Thomas Pynchon’s novel, Gravity’s Rainbow, refer to a relationship and suggests power and control. The viewer is forced to think past the familiar image shown on the canvas when confronted with the title attached to the painting. Although the images used by Borrower propose the style of pop, the inclusion of the titles to each painting, suggests that his work is more in the style of conceptualism.