Field Drawings with Alexis Rockman
Nov 8 2019 | 1 - 3pm

333 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Brow Butterfly

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During his travels through the Great Lakes’ varied ecosystems, artist Alexis Rockman collected dirt, sand, leaves, and other organic materials to create his field drawings. These drawings—twenty-eight of which are included in The Great Lakes Cycle—emphasize his observational talent and encompass a wide variety of species, sites, and materials.

Work alongside Alexis Rockman, and immerse yourself in his creative process and the ecology of the Great Lakes. Create an original work of art of your own with found material from around campus.


*Please note that this event is only open to UMN students. This event is Student Services Fee Funded

Image: Alexis Rockman, Korvis Blue Butterfly, 2017, sand from Manistee and acrylic polymer on paper, 9 x 12 ½ inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Sperone Westwater, New York. Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle is organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum, with support generously provided by the Wege Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Frey Foundation, and LaFontsee Galleries and Framing.


Alexis Rockman

About the Artist

Born in 1962, Rockman was raised in New York City. As a child, he explored Central Park, watched early nature documentaries on television, and frequented the Museum of Natural History, where his mother worked for anthropologist Margaret Mead. This led to an interest in drawing animals and their environments. Rockman pursued art at the Rhode Island School of Design and Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts, and gained early recognition in the mid-1980s for his eerie bio-botanical scenes. The scope of his imagery expanded as he explored historical and contemporary artistic expression and mined the vernacular and practice of scientific representation. Driven by an intense curiosity about the natural world and an ambition to explore the pressing questions of our times, Rockman has been recognized for his impressive artistic range and for the intensity of his commitment to the environment and its preservation.

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