FEATURED ARTIST: Roxy Paine
Roxy Paine explores the collision of industry and nature, resulting in works that negotiate the characteristics inherently found in each realm. Progressing from an overarching interest in different modes of epistemological representation, Paine’s artistic endeavors – whether in the form of sculpture, installation, or works on paper - explore the notion of organized chaos, the ever-present drive to “know” the world through classification, organization, and arrangement. In Paine’s work, botanical and anatomical concepts such as fungus and dendrites become conflated with branches of natural science such as thermodynamics and chemistry – as living modes of quantification and communication, these organic elements can be linked to modern technology and the proliferation of statistical data in contemporary society.
Roxy Paine was born in New York in 1966. He attended the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Pratt Institute, New York. Paine has exhibited widely since the early 1990s, with his 2002 solo exhibition Roxy Paine: Second Nature, originating at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, and traveling to the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, ultimately ending in January 2004 at the De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands. In 2007, Paine created a site-specific installation in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, followed by another large-scale installation, Maelstrom, on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2009. Currently, Symbiosis can be seen on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, through June 2015. Denuded Lens, the artist’s next solo exhibition will take place at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, September 4 –October 18, 2014. The show, his first at the gallery since joining in 2013, will present the most recent iteration of his latest series of large-scale dioramas: Checkpoint, a room-sized vision of a generic airport security stop, a locale whose practical banality rests uneasily alongside the looming suggestion of larger social anxieties. Thecurrently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Roxy Paine, Incident / Resurrection, 2013. Neon, 81 9/16 x 191 1/4 x 10 inches. Photo credit: Jason Wyche. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (c) Roxy Paine.