Open Season: Michael Combs and Alexis Rockman
On View: April 21-June 20, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, April 23, 4-5:30pm
The A.D. Gallery is pleased to present a two-person exhibition that explores metaphorical interpretations of hunting, ecology, and gender identity.
Alexis Rockman’s highly representational paintings examine charged interactions of the hunter and the hunted. The viewer simultaneously takes on the role of both, as the narrative shifts dramatically when considered from different viewpoints, angles, and positions. Rockman’s work examines notions of progress, global climate change and current ecological stressors including agriculture, breeding, and environmental encroachment. Michael Combs' delicately finished sculptures present trophy heads, which offer provocative contradictions of the hunting trophy as objects of masculinity, decoration, and acquisition. Combs’ plays with and dismantles taxidermy traditions, his trophy heads act more as predator than prey. Cleverly anthropomorphized, his works rouse notions of sexuality, competition, and identity.
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