Colored pencil on paper.
30 1/4 x 22 3/4 inches (768 x 578 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Whitney B. Armstrong and on the Young Associates Fund for Twentieth-Century Acquisitions.
Signed on verso: Ross.
The artist (David Nolan Gallery, New York).
Alexander Ross established his reputation in the 1990s with paintings and drawings of fanciful images derived from microscopic visions of cellular organisms, merging references to Surrealism, Philip Guston, and science-fiction. This drawing is an excellent example of Ross's recent work in which his close observation of nature generates imaginary landscapes made of strange, interlocking forms delicately rendered with colored pencils. Combining volume and flatness, nature and artifice, abstraction and representation, Ross proposes a contemporary vision of nature at once playful and disquieting.