Alice Aycock: sculpture and projects
Winner, Scholarly Illustrated Category, 2007 AAUP Book Jacket and Journal Show. and Received an Honorable Mention in the Art & Art History category of the 2005 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc.
Alice Aycock's large, semi-architectural works deal with the interaction of structure, site, materials, and the psychophysical responses of the viewer. Offered meaningful but contradictory clues by both her images and her texts, viewers attempt to discover not only what the work of art conveys but how it communicates its contents, in investigations that parallel the artist's own. In Alice Aycock: Sculpture and Projects, Robert Hobbs examines the development of Aycock's work over twenty years and her negotiation—along with other artists who came of age in the early 1970s—of the transition from modernism to postmodernism.
"The problem," wrote Aycock in 1977, "seems to be how to connect without connecting." Hobbs describes Aycock's strategies for doing just this: for creating a work with disparate image and texts that offer a new perspective on reality. Influenced by the "specific objects" of minimalism's hybrid forms and by conceptualism's emphasis on language, Aycock relies on paradigms, cybernetics, phenomenology, physics, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, information overload, outdated scientific thinking, and computer programming to create a "complex" that is architectural and sculptural as well as mental and emotional. Schizophrenia and other mental conditions, sometimes considered metaphors for the disconnections of postmodern existence, are specific sources of inspiration in Aycock’s work. By exploring the physical and existential positions of isolation, estrangement, disorientation, entrapment and fear, her three-dimensional constructions not only posit alternative states of mind, they suppose possible narratives and suggest multiple truths and lies. Aycock’s work invites the viewer to experience sculpture with the entire body and a fully mind. Her sculpture has had a transformative effect on the contemporary art experience.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
112 Greene Street Aleph Alice Aycock approach architectural sculpture art object Artforum artist Aycock's art blade machines Borges's Aleph Burnham Catch and Manufacture century City Collection complex concept conceptual art constructed conversation with author created crucial culture Documenta Douglass College drawings Duchamp's early earth elaborate electricity Entitled The Beginnings essay exhibition experience False Project feminist film Fludd Form-z Fred Scruton Gallery Glass Bead Game Gordon Matta-Clark human Ibid ideas important interview with author kinetic art labyrinth later Leo Steinberg look Manufacture Ghosts maze meaning medieval metaphor minimalist modern Morris Morris's Museum negentropy Nets of Solomon Pencil on vellum phenomenological Photo piece Pig of Knowledge play Project Entitled reading reference Robert Robert Fludd Robert Smithson schizophrenic Sol LeWitt Sooperdooperlooper space story structure Stuart Morgan thought transform University viewers walls writerly York