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Alyson Shotz: Standing Wave


Alyson Shotz, Standing Wave, 2009 (installation views)

Alyson Shotz:
Standing Wave

Jan 16, 2010–Apr 11, 2010

Alyson Shotz, an artist based in Brooklyn, is interested in the principles of physics, as well as the interaction between technology and the environment.

She has created a sculptural installation for the lower lobby based on the theory of standing waves—waves that remain in a constant position. Shotz has previously exhibited at Mass MOCA, the Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The material she is using for this installation, dichroic acrylic, allows her to introduce color into the structure as a "a physical part of the material." She says: "What made so much sense about it was that color was created as a natural byproduct of its structure—it sort of subtracts colors from the spectrum. The dichroic film is clear, however, it transmits certain wavelengths of light while reflecting others. The transmitted color is different than the reflected color, and when the light rays transmit straight through the acrylic they are less affected by refraction than when passing at an angle, which makes the light travel a greater distance through the acrylic. This is what causes the color shift. It’s a similar phenomenon to what is seen on dragonfly wings or peacock feathers."

Keep reading for more about the artist and complete image credits. You can also read an interview with the artist by Curator of Exhibitions Christopher Bedford in the Standing Wave handout (pdf).

Alyson Shotz received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at venues including the Derek Eller Gallery in New York, Syracuse University Art Gallery, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Yale University Art Gallery, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. She has also participated in group exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MOCA), Whitney Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Cleveland Museum of Art, among many other galleries and museum. She has received fellowships and other awards from such organizations as the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Art Matters.

Full image caption:
Alyson Shotz
Standing Wave
Site-specific installation for the Wexner Center, 2009
Dichroic acrylic and tape
Courtesy of the artist and Derek Eller Gallery

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