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Alyson Shotz, Infinite Space

Derek Eller Gallery
615 West 27th Street, 212-206-6411
February 16 - March 17, 2007
Reception: Friday, February 16, 6 - 8 PM
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In this new body of work Shotz continues to explore conceptions of time and space, seamlessly fusing the organic and the inorganic as she experiments with form and light. Through her dual investigation of the molecular and the universal, the micro and the macro become one.

Shotz’s glass sculpture Object in 2 and 4 Dimensions, was made using a technique developed for a commission by Memorial Sloan Kettering. Shotz traced photographs of her small sculpture on the computer to create a “ghost” of the three dimensional structure. Trapped in glass, flattened and yet dimensional and reflective, time opens up and becomes part of the object as it reflects its surroundings and viewers. The piece takes its title from Marcel Duchamp’s investigations into topology that led, in part, to the creation of The Large Glass. Extending this exploration of dimensions and compression, My Living Room Rug in Hyperbolic Space, explores the visualization of infinitely negatively curved space using familiar, domestic imagery. Shotz photographed and printed sections of her living room rug, then cut and folded them into hyperbolic form.

The series of digital photographs entitled A Momentary Configuration of Matter are the latest and largest in a series Shotz has been working on for almost ten years. Published by Yale University Art Gallery in conjunction with her 2005-06 Artist in Residence Fellowship, the prints are constructed in the computer from photographs of her sculptures collaged with carefully selected images from nature (e.g. dew removed from its resting place on a spider web). These images combine to create new complex forms that could exist on the head of a pin or out in space, functioning as snapshots at moments of creation. Shotz’s Small Universe sculptures of glass beads and lenses take these concepts off the page, making reference to both solar systems and atomic structures as they slowly rotate around their central axes.
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