Working with translucent and reflective materials, Shotz challenges traditional notions of sculpture as closed, massive, or weighty. For Sightings series, the artist is creating a series of complex, volumetric forms made of stainless steel wire strung with silvered glass beads. A pair of elliptical volumes will be suspended from the ceiling, the reflective strands cascading to the floor creating looping, bulging forms.
The Nasher Sculpture Center inaugurates Sightings: New Art at the Nasher, a new series of small-scale exhibitions and installations that explore work by established and emerging contemporary sculptors from across Texas and around the world. Highlighting recent work, commissioning new installations, or exploring advances in contemporary sculptural practice, such exhibitions will provide a forum to reconsider accepted notions and generate new ideas about modern and contemporary sculpture. The series will also engender opportunities to engage the spaces of the Nasher Sculpture Center in new, thought-provoking ways, providing occasions to examine the evolving relationship between sculpture and architecture.
Sightings begins this October with an installation of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Alyson Shotz. Working with translucent and reflective materials, Shotz challenges traditional notions of sculpture as closed, massive, or weighty. Her airy, open-form sculptures define volumes without mass. Works such as The Shape of Space (2004) and Equilibrium (2009) expand on the strung, translucent, or open-form sculpture of modern masters such as Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, and Henry Moore, as well as more recent predecessors like Richard Deacon.
For Sightings, Shotz is creating a series of complex, volumetric forms made of stainless steel wire strung with silvered glass beads. A pair of elliptical volumes will be suspended from the ceiling, the reflective strands cascading to the floor creating looping, bulging forms. Each exterior ellipse will contain additional beaded strands defining shapes in their interiors. The pair of interior/exterior forms will transform the Corner Gallery, the room facing Flora Street closest to Olive Street, into a transparent, reflective, experiential environment. In addition, Shotz will link the installation to the adjacent spaces, installing a related geometric string drawing on the wall in the café and programming the music for the spaces in collaboration with composer Simon Fisher Turner.
Image: Wave Equation and Double Torque in the artist's studio, 2010. Courtesy of the Artist and Derek Eller Gallery © Alyson Shotz. Photo: Mark Woods.
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Opening October 1, 2010
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