Alice Aycock consisting of approximately 100 works, the exhibition is presented in two parts, including detailed architectural drawings, sculptural maquettes, and photo documentation from 1971 to the present. Spanning the period from the late 1960s to the present day, Michelle Stuart's show exhibits the work of an artist who radically combined site-specific earthworks with the medium of drawing.
Alice Aycock Drawings
Some Stories Are Worth Repeating
January 24 – April 20, 2014
This exhibition is the first comprehensive exploration of this vital aspect of the renowned sculptor’s creative process. Partnering with the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara, this two-venue exhibition traces Alice Aycock’s career from 1971 to the present, highlighting the major themes that have governed her artistic practice. While Aycock is best known for her large-scale installations and outdoor sculptures, her drawings capture the full range of her ideas and sources.
Consisting of approximately 100 works, the exhibition will be presented in two parts. The works at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (January 26 – April 20), cover the years 1984 to the present, when Aycock developed an increasingly elaborate visual vocabulary, drawing upon a multitude of sources and facilitated in part by the use of computer programs. The works on view at the AD&A Museum (January 25 - April 19) focus on the years 1971–1984, including detailed architectural drawings, sculptural maquettes, and photo documentation for both realized and imagined architectural projects.
This exhibition was organized by the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York. It is accompanied by a 160-page hardcover catalogue with an essay by Jonathan Fineberg.
Art, Design & Architecture Museum UC Santa Barbara January 26 – April 19, 2014
Santa Barbara Museum of Art 25 January 26 – April 20, 2014
Drawn from Nature
Spanning the period from the late 1960s to the present day, this exhibition presents the work of an artist who radically combined site-specific earthworks with the medium of drawing. Michelle Stuart has become internationally known for a rich and diverse body of work engendered by her lifelong interest in the natural world and the cosmos. Working in drawing, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and site-specific earthworks, she has pursued a subtle and responsive dialogue with nature, distinct from the epic gestures of contemporaneous Land Art. Her engagement with landscape and the natural environment, her use of unconventional, humble materials, and her passion for archaeology and collecting permeate her work.
Stuart is best known for her early monumental drawings made outdoors, where rolls of paper were smashed with rocks, stroked with earth, or rubbed with graphite until the characteristics of a given site became ingrained in their surfaces. Other works in the exhibition respond to the Nazca Lines and Mexican petroglyphs—pushing our understanding of drawing beyond the page. Included are expansive maps of real and imaginary landscapes form the backdrop to a selection of sculptural works and hand-made books. The exhibition concludes with Stuart’s recent photographic grids, expansive works which encapsulate the potent blend of “real history, imaginative history and natural history” that has characterized her work.
Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature is the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work in the United States since 1998, and only the second to be presented in the west. The exhibition is organized and toured by the Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham, UK. It is accompanied by a 160-page hardcover catalogue with essays by Anna Lovatt, Jane McFadden, and Nancy Princenthal; and an interview with the artist by Julie Joyce.
Image: Alice Aycock, Rock, Paper, Scissors (India '07), 20 Watercolor and ink on paper. Mia Art Museum. Gift of Jerry Lindzon
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