Alexis Rockman: Picturing the Unimaginable
Painter Alexis Rockman’s canvases present a darkly surreal vision of the collision between human civilization and the natural world. Drawing from diverse sources that include old master painting, science fiction and natural history, Rockman has also undertaken expeditions into the Amazon Basin, Tasmania, Madagascar, South Africa and Antarctica to research his paintings. He has worked with other artists, and with leading scientists, including paleontologist Peter Ward, naturalist Stephen Jay Gould, and NASA climatologist James Hanson. Rockman’s work is in the collections of LACMA, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was recently the subject of a major retrospective at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow.
With support from the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Grand Rapids and Chelsea River Gallery.