Think Big

April 11, 2008

Two SVA alumni have new works on view in NYC that are too big to be contained by a conventional canvas. Alexis Rockman (BFA 1985 Fine Arts) is presenting “South” at Leo Koenig, Inc., 545 West 23rd Street, through Saturday, April 26. The title work is a seven-panel, 30-foot-long landscape painting, depicting images inspired by the artist’s recent trip to Antarctica. South shows simultaneous views of above and below the water, taking in the alien landscape of glaciers and icy water. Along with the panoramic work, Rockman is also showing several smaller watercolors from the trip, looking at the region’s wildlife, including orcas, penguins and seals.

Also thinking big is Rita MacDonald (MFA 2001 Fine Arts), who has Tic at Brooklyn gallery Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth Street in DUMBO, through Sunday, April 20. For this new work, MacDonald has draped the high-ceilinged space with striped cotton fabric, creating undulating patterns that move from floor to ceiling and back. To see a video of Tic being installed, click here.

Image: Alexis Rockman, South (panel 5), 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Leo Koenig, Inc.

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