Alyson Shotz: Fluid State

May 10, 2012-January 6, 2013

Alyson Shotz creates artworks in a wide variety of media that attempt to give form to the invisible forces of nature. Her installation for the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion includes a new adaptation of her sculpture Geometry of Light, the new animation Fluid State, and a series of digital prints titled Movement in Time.

Shotz’s works are grounded in her investigation of scientific concepts and theories. Geometry of Light is a consideration of the dual nature of light—that it has the characteristics of both a particle and a wave. The sculpture is composed of hand-cut plastic Fresnel lenses (magnifying lenses ridged with concentric circles to focus light), which are interspersed with glass beads and strung on stainless steel wires that extend across the space. Natural light filters through the lenses at varying angles and intensities throughout the day, activating the work and allowing the sculpture to reveal time through the movement of the sun. A visitor’s movement around Geometry of Light further activates the sculpture, revealing the ways in which our experience of space is shaped by our perception of light and motion.

Shotz’s animation Fluid State is a dynamic visualization of a fictional landscape in which matter and life come into creation over the span of a day. The animation transpires over a complete dawn-to-dusk cycle, depicting an undulating ocean of reflective spheres, out of which colorful forms emerge for a brief time and fall away. To create Movement in Time—the series of large-scale digital prints that wrap around the pavilion—Shotz captured stills from the animation and arranged them to form a time-lapse image that unfolds in the space.

Works in the Exhibition
Geometry of Light, 2011
cut plastic Fresnel lens sheets, silvered glass beads, stainless steel wire
Courtesy of the Artist and Derek Eller Gallery, Work with support of Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

Fluid State, 2011–2012
digital animation, 2:45 minutes
Courtesy of the Artist and Derek Eller Gallery, Work with support of Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

Movement in Time, 2012
solvent inkjet prints on vinyl in two parts
Courtesy of the Artist and Derek Eller Gallery

About Alyson Shotz

Alyson Shotz’s works have been included in recent solo exhibitions at Espace Louis Vuitton (Tokyo, Japan), Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas, Texas), Wexner Center for the Arts, (Columbus, Ohio), Yale University Art Gallery, (New Haven, Conn.), and Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, Conn.), among others. Shotz’s work has been part of recent group exhibitions including Contemplating the Void and The Shapes of Space at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The More Things Change at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Storm King at Fifty, 5+5: New Perspectives at Storm King Arts Center, NY; and Material World: Painting and Sculpture as Environment at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, (North Adams, Mass.). She received a Pollock Krasner Award in 2010, the Saint Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in 2007, and was the 2005-2006 Happy and Bob Doran Artist in Residence at Yale University Art Gallery. Shotz received her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Support provided by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Alyson Shotz: Fluid State Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN