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Alexis Rockman

Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature
Glyndor Gallery | June 7– September 7, 2015


Pictured above: Property Line, 2008, oil on paper , 71" x 51 1/2". Courtesy of the artist and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO


In a group of works on paper referred to as “weather drawings,” Rockman captures nature at its most harsh and disruptive. The series encompasses hurricanes, tornados and wildfires. The sublime skies on view here recall J. M. W. Turner’s atmospheric canvases. Rockman’s large paintings suggest windows onto terrifying, oncoming systems. In Property Line, the man-made fence is helpless against the approaching twister. People are absent, but the implied devastation wrought by these disasters lingers outside the frame, reminding us that human control of the environment is a fantasy. While meteorologists may predict weather patterns, Rockman reminds us that the devastating effects of the elements are often unpreventable. These works were included in The Weight of Air, an exhibition and catalogue produced by The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University in 2008.

An astute observer of natural phenomena, flora and fauna, Rockman is known for his paintings that prepare us to imagine the future based on current environmental practices and ecological predictions. As part of his “American Icons” series, Manifest Destiny, 2003–4, an 8’ x 24’ painting at the Brooklyn Museum, presents an apocalyptic view of Brooklyn underwater as a result of the raised sea level. Other projects include Rubicon, presented at Sperone Westwater Gallery in 2013, the Hudson River Watershed and the upcoming East End Field Drawings, which will be exhibited at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY, in the fall. In addition to many exhibitions and publications, Rockman created the inspirational and concept art for Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee. He studied at the Art Students League, New York, NY; the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI;  and the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.

Pictured above: Fire, 2006, oil on gessoed paper, 50 3/4” x 74 3/4”, Hall Collection

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.