Branching Dots, 2017
crayon, watercolor, graphite, color pencil on paper
24 x 18 inches
Alex Ross’s “Branching Dots,” is a unique recent drawing celebrating the tree. With cartoonish aspects and a gestural “tree” front and center on the paper, it bears fruit, ripened with cherry color reds. The light tonalities of the body of the tree, outlined with various hues of greens and blues, change as the branches grow upward and outward. The background of blue dots organised in an invisible pencil graph composition hint ‘sky,’ not unlike the macro use of the dots as seen in works by Roy Lichtenstein. Yellow dots occupy the bottom of the page suggesting ‘ground.’ The tree’s portrait like stance is fun to look at, evoking a point of gestation, just as laughter comes with joy. Happy tree!
Alexander Ross’s works are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Denver Art Museum, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, The Morgan Museum & Library, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.
Over the last 20 years, Alexander Ross has been featured in solo and group exhibitions worldwide including The University Art Museum, SUNY Albany, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, The Worcester Museum in Massachusetts, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Valencia, Spain