For the past decade, Alyson Shotz has created sculptures and installations for public and private spaces in which light, texture, and material evoke sensations of movement and dynamism and create new and unexpected visual perceptions. Widely shown in the United States, she has exhibited at a number of major institutions, including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, Connecticut), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), the Jewish Museum (New York), the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (Wisconsin), the Rice University Art Gallery (Houston), and the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York). Shotz’s work is included in major private and public collections such as the Whitney Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery, where she was the Happy and Bob Doran Artist-in-Residence in 2007. Our conversation took place in anticipation of her current exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: “New Work: Zilvinas Kempinas, Alyson Shotz, Mary Temple” is on view through November 4, 2008.
The Structure of Light, 2008.
Stainless steel wire, silvered glass beads, and aluminum, 10 x 17 x 10 ft.