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Roxy Paine: Sedimentary Lens at SCAD Museum of Art

Exhibition wall-text, words by Ben Tollefson

Roxy Paine: Sedimentary Lens 

SCAD Museum of Art

Curated by Associate Curator Ben Tollefson

September 7, 2022 through January 23, 2023


Throughout his decades-long career, Roxy Paine has investigated the tensions between human intention and the power of the natural world. The artist’s multifaceted practice includes large-scale, multimedia sculptures that examine complex systems, from the biological to the geological to the industrial. Through the expression of these interdependent systems, Paine’s work ultimately engages themes of time and decay, a crucial reminder of the hastening devastation of the earth at the hands of humanity and our own impending mortality.

Roxy Paine, "Stratigraphic no. 1," 2021, wood, epoxy resin, thermoset polymer, lacquer, and oil paint, 36 x 60 1/2 x 6 12 in. Courtesy of the artist and Kasmin Gallery, New York.

Roxy Paine (b. 1966, New York) has presented numerous museum exhibitions worldwide including Roxy Paine: Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor at Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio; Natura Naturans at Villa Panza, Varese, Italy; and Roxy Paine: Scumaks and Dendroids at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo. In 2009, Paine presented the site-specific commission Maelstrom on the rooftop garden at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His work has also been installed in prominent public venues in New York such as Madison Square Park and Central Park. Paine is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Brooklyn Museum’s Asher B. Durand Award, and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s Emerging Artist Award. His work is held in the collections of prominent institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; Seattle Art Museum; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C WM

Roxy Paine, Maquette For Checkpoint. Maple, birch, fluorescent lamps and glass. Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York.

ROXY PAINE, Fungal Flag no. 2, 2021, earth pigment, wood, epoxy, urethane, stainless steel, lacquer, oil paint, 54 1/2 x 90 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, 138.4 x 229.9 x 14 cm

Roxy Paine in conversation with SCAD Assistant Curator Ben Tollefson.


Ruben Natal-San Miguel

Ruben Natal-San Miguel is a New York based photogrpher published internationally.

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