Photo Courtesy of Derek Eller Gallery, New York; Photo by Patty Urlaub; Alyson Shotz [b. 1964], Laws of Motion #9, 2015, Bronze, 15.5 x 17.5 x 16 in
Alyson Shotz: Un/Folding
March 1 – May 27, Hunter Museum of American Art
Forces of Nature
Sculptor Alyson Shotz, whose work is among collections at the Guggenheim Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art, explores the interplay of materials and nature in her solo exhibit Un/Folding at the Hunter Museum of American Art.
“Alyson works both with innovative technologies – 3D modeling and printing, digital mapping, and more – and with time-honored handcrafting traditions,” says Nandini Makrandi, chief curator for the Hunter. “This mix of old and new, and the fact that she uses both equally in her work, is remarkable.”
The exhibit is designed to let imaginations roam. “Visitors may want to pay attention to the metaphorical similarities between Alyson’s sculptures and natural phenomena, including topography and black holes, and her active use of physical forces like gravity and pressure,” says Makrandi. “She often uses scientific concepts as springboards for her artwork, which feature experimentation with pattern and chaos.”
In conjunction with the special exhibition, the Hunter unveils a permanent installation Shotz created for the grand foyer – the museum’s first major commission in 10 years. “It was important for us to choose an artist who would use a medium that embraced the ever-changing light in that space,” says Makrandi. “Her work will enliven the first space that museum visitors encounter, creating a welcoming, dynamic atmosphere for everyone who passes through.”