Alexis Rockman: Romantic Attachments7267
Romantic Attachments, 2007
Etching (accompanied by catalog)
12 x 10 inches
Edition of 575
$1,000 (+ packing and shipping) unframed
Alexis Rockman (b. 1962), an acclaimed painter and environmental activist, creates ecologically-focused works that both seduce and provoke. Blending extensive research, diverse techniques, and site-specific materials like sand or soil, his paintings document history while also imagining future environments. In 2018-19, moCa hosted The Great Lakes Cycle, Rockman’s most ambitious series to date, which celebrates the natural majesty and global importance of the Great Lakes while exploring how they are threatened by factors such as climate change, globalization, invasive species, mass agriculture, and urban sprawl.
In this etching based on a painting of the same name, the artist confronts the deep-rooted issues of evolutionary sciences and the origin of the human race through the imaginary encounter of a reclining nude woman and a torch-wielding Homo Georgicus, an early hominid primate that was active about 1.8 million years ago. Rockman chose the Homo Georgicus for its scientific position on the evolutionary ladder, taking on a classification that is somewhere in-between ape and human. The ideas referenced by Rockman push the viewer to confront anxieties and conflicts with an evolutionary relative and ask themselves, “what if?”
Born in New York, where he lives and works, Rockman has been exhibiting work nationally and internationally for over three decades. His work is represented in many museum collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Grand Rapids Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Orleans Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Whitney Museum of American Art. Rockman studied animation at the Rhode Island School of Design before earning a BFA at the New York School of Visual Arts in 1985.