Alexis Rockman

Wallace’s Line



Sebastian Blanck

Weather Window


Snow tree, 2017, oil on linen, 30 x 24 inches

Sebastian Blanck, Snow Tree, 2017, oil on linen, 30 x 24 inches

The Wreck of the Brig Helen, 2017, oil on Dibond, 56 x 44 inches

Alexis Rockman, The Wreck of the Brig Helen, 2017, oil on Dibond, 56 x 44 inches

16 March – 15 April, 2018
Opening reception for the artists, Friday, 16 March, 6–8 pm


Alexis Rockman: Wallace’s Line, catalogue in production


 

Baldwin Gallery is proud to announce its seventh show with internationally acclaimed painter Alexis Rockman. Rockman’s work examines the abrupt cognitive dissonance between man’s place in the natural world, and man’s place in his own philosophical conceptions. With deceptive tranquility, Rockman renders exquisite warning: catastrophic visions of climate change and extinction crash though meticulous surfaces and lush portrayals. In Rockman’s post anthropocene realism, the sores scab over slowly: swarms bloated to over-hunger on the detritus of ecological imbalance, overripe and heavy in ravenous collapse.

The son of an archeologist, Alexis Rockman has long been involved in worldwide conservation efforts. Rockman transforms darkly complex scientific realities with deft emotional depth charges of beauty, destruction, and shattering loss. In the post apocalyptic lush of the current show, sunlight lays burdened and bright against infinite heavy metal photochemical clouds in an ominous permanent-fire future. Mutated and re-formed, life roughly shuffles forward, in a half-life of genetically modified biocide scarecrows.

Alexis Rockman, a New York based artist and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, shows extensively both in America and in Europe. In 2010, Alexis Rockman had a mid-career retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and his concept drawings for the art direction of the 2012 movie “Life of Pi” were shown at The Drawing Center in New York in 2013, from 2018-20 Rockman’s “Great Lakes Cycle” will be at Grand Rapids Art Museum; Chicago Cultural Center; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland.

Baldwin Gallery is further pleased to announce its fourth show by New York artist Sebastian Blanck. Blanck takes inspiration from the world around him and combines painting, printing techniques, and collage to produce a tableau of finely focused intimate settings. His compositions converse with impressionism, Japonisme and pop art, and reveal scenes of domestic simplicity with a closeness and quietude highlighting the beauty of everyday interactions and personal relationships. Born in Connecticut, Blanck earned a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998, and he was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2001.

The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on March 16h from 6-8 pm. Images are available upon request. Please call 970.920.9797 for further information.



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