Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi travels to New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) where it will be on view July 4 - October 12, 2014.
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.
This exhibition was on view at The Drawing Center September 27-November 3, 2013.
Read Drawing Papers 107: Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi.
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