Alexis Rockman at the Drawing Center

Curated by Brett Littman and Nova Benway, Alexis Rockman's exhibition Drawing from the Life of Pi, opened at the Drawing Center.
Alexis Rockman’s watercolor drawings were the first stage in the development of the fantastical, imaginary world of Life of Pi, the 2012 Academy-Award winning feature film directed by Ang Lee. Lee sought out Rockman’s vision as an artist with a specific commitment to hand drawing to bring a human scale to the project, a sense of the material and the fortuitous that would come, for example, from the random bloom of watercolor pigment on paper. Though most artistic contributions to cinema are dependent on photo-realism or cartoon-like illustration, Rockman’s images are fluid, intimate, and dynamic in a way that only drawing can capture. The exhibition will provide The Drawing Center with a unique opportunity to explore the relationship between visual art—specifically drawing—and commercial filmmaking. 
Curated by Brett Littman and Nova Benway.
Alexis Rockman, Study for
Tiger Vision (22 TV 1
9/20/11), 2011, Gouache on
black paper, 9 x 12 inches
(22.9 x 30.5 cm), Courtesy of the artist

Alexis Rockman, Study for Island
(Island – Root Tip and Trunk),
2009. Watercolor on paper, 8.5 x
12 inches (21.6 x 30.5 cm).
Courtesy of the artist.

Alexis Rockman, Study for Island
(Island), 2009. Watercolor and ink on
paper, 8.5 x 12 inches (21.6 x 30.5
cm). Courtesy of the artist.


Alexis Rockman, Study for Tiger Vision
(7 TV), 2011. Gouache on black
paper, 9 x 12 inches (23.9 x 30.5 cm)
Courtesy of the artist.

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