Born 1964 in Glendale, AZ
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

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DeCordova Exhibits

Alyson Shotz (b. 1964), Spiral (for LB), 2011
mirror-polished stainless steel, 65 x 15 x 15 inches
Courtesy of Carolina Nitsch, NY. Installation support has been provided by those who generously raised their paddles at deCordova’s Party for the Park 2014.
Photograph by Anchor Imagery.

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65 x 15 x 15 inches

Mirror-polished stainless steel
Courtesy of Carolina Nitsch, NY. Installation support has been provided by those who generously raised their paddles at deCordova’s Party for the Park 2014.
Exhibit Date: 
On View Jun 03, 2014 - Aug 28, 2014

No longer on view.

Alyson Shotz’s hanging sculpture, Spiral (for LB), exemplifies the artist’s fascination with natural science which inspires her art. The artist’s exploration of the physics of nature is exercised through her sculptures and for the first time, Spiral (for LB) will be exhibited in its original inspiration, nature. Spiral (for LB) is crafted from mirror-polished stainless steel and its construction is based on the mathematical structure of a spiral; a curve which emanates from a central point, getting progressively farther away as it revolves around the point. Spiral (for LB)’s name reveals the work draws inspiration from Woman, 1984, a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois. Shotz’s sculpture is built on the scale of the height of the average woman and revolves around a central axis, evoking DNA strands or a human spinal cord.

Suspended from a tree within deCordova’s Sculpture Park, Spiral (for LB) luminously reflects its surrounding landscape. Its presentation alongside the beauty found in the natural landscape makes the work a convergence point between art, natural science, and the human figure.  Similar to the ziggurat form of Sol LeWitt’s Tower (DC), 2009, sited near Spiral (for LB) in the Park, Shotz’s work emphasizes geometry, structure, and skeletal forms. Spiral (for LB) will sway lightly playing with the reflections of the landscape and changes in time of day, displacing the vision of its viewer. Imprinted with the reflections of other sculptures, changes in time of day and quality of light on its form gives Shotz’s sculpture has the ability to kinetically transcend the static nature of more traditional sculpture.

Alyson Shotz received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. Shotz’s work is represented by many public collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Guggenheim Museum, NY; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; High Museum of Art, GA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; and at Louis Vuitton in Japan. Shotz lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is currently a Stanford Research Fellow at Stanford University.