The recent past, present and possible future of bio-engineering. Alexis Rockman’s massive, vibrant paintings present unsettling and ambivalent visions of the ‘Wonderful World’ prompted by the latest human interventions in nature.
Prairies of GM crops, a human ear grafted on a mouse’s back and a six-winged chicken. Four darkly humorous and disturbing paintings (Pet Store, Sea World, Hothouse and Soccer), the result of the artist’s research residency at Camden during 2002 – 2003, are shown alongside the first in the series, The Farm (2000). This was the first chance to encounter Rockman’s carefully researched explorations of the continuing biotech revolution.