“Since 1989, Roxy Paine has been filling galleries, museums, and sites worldwide with his dark, whimsical installations and sculptures, melding the industrial and the organic to explore manmade and natural systems—and their ramifications. As he describes: “I’m skeptical about the potential for horrible consequences, consistently realized. But at the same time we are able to feed six billion people through science and altering nature. That’s kind of a miracle.” Paine divides his work into categories: “Art Making Machines,” mad-scientist mini-factories that produce works of art; “Replicants,” replicas of flora and fungi made out of industrial materials; “Fungal Fields,” painterly compositions of his fungi sculptures; “Specimen Cases,” vitrines filled with his fungal and floral replicas; and “Dendroids,” stainless-steel forms resembling trees and the nervous system. Through these industrial-natural visions, Paine reveals the horror and wonder when science and nature collide.
Roxy Paine was born in 1966 in New York. Since 1989, his work has been internationally exhibited and is included in collections such as Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, Museum of Modern Art, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He has permanently sited works at the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA, National Gallery of Art, DC, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas and the Wanas Foundation, Sweden.”