Sunday, January 18, 2009

Alexis Rockman

His paintings look like they come from the coolest, scariest Natural History Museum in the world, and indeed Alexis Rockman works with scientific experts in researching them. But they're quite a bit more clever and surreal than the usual Smithsonian fare. Like nature itself, the paintings can be ugly and lewd in places, while still teeming with beauty.
Rockman's work seems a bit more pointed as of late- concerned a bit more with environmental devastation than his older works, with their visionary waves of organic life. His recent piece Manifest Destiny is a frankly terrifying cityscape tableau noyant; like Bruegel meets global warming. But his draftsmanship and skill are everpresent.

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