In my series Familiar, Yet Elusive I explore different ways in which vibrant and undulating forms interrelate as they float, weave and twist through their environment.
Line is used to separate forms, contain energy and establish particular characteristics. While I paint in saturated and bold colors, I temper their intensity to keep them in a balanced relationship with one another.
The forms seem recognizable, but are they animal, mineral or vegetable? Although I am deliberate in my considerations, this group of acrylic paintings on canvas is open to multiple unpredictable interpretations.
SYRACUSE, NY-On Nov. 19, THE WAREHOUSE GALLERY at Syracuse University presents Alyson Shotz: Drawing Through Space, an exhibition including three wall drawings Untitled (3 views of an object), and the wire sculpture Line and Shadow. Public Reception: Nov. 19, 5-8 p.m. (Th3) Douglas Kinney Frost (music director, Syracuse Opera) and Zach Martin (singer, Syracuse Opera) will perform selections by Johann Sebastian Bach at 6 p.m. Artist Lecture: Feb. 4, 2010, 7 p.m., the Warehouse Auditorium Alyson Shotz will give a lecture on the role of light in her works. In partnership with the Everson Museum of Art Exhibition on view Nov. 19-Feb. 20, 2010 Location: 350 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, N.Y. 13202 Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. / Third Thursdays noon-8 p.m. Closed for the holidays (Nov. 25-30; Dec. 24-Jan. 5, 2010).
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: With the assistance of Syracuse University students, Brooklyn-based Shotz created her works on site, thus turning The Warehouse Gallery into a form of laboratory. Shotz is one of today's ground-breaking artists transforming contemporary art through a fusion of technology and handcrafted steel wire and yarn artworks.
Alyson Shotz: Drawing Through Space is made possible with generous support from Francis H. Williams. Additional support for the lecture is provided by the Syracuse University Sculpture Program. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Shotz lives and works in Brooklyn. A recipient of many awards, including the 2007 Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship, Shotz was the 2005-06 Happy and Bob Doran Artist-in-Residence at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is currently exhibited at All Visual Arts, London.
OTHER EXHIBITIONS: THE WAREHOUSE GALLERY WINDOW PROJECTS at Syracuse University opens this Confederacy of Dunces by Lynette K Stephenson,on view Nov. 19-Feb. 20, 2010. Hamilton-based Stephenson created an installation about New Orleans consisting of sixty hand-felted wool dunce caps. This exhibition is inspired by John Kennedy Toole's novel A Confederacy of Dunces (1980) set in New Orleans, where Stephenson's family home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and based on her previous body of paintings, The Red Cross Series, which led to the idea for this site-specific project. In this work Stephenson engages in a dialogue about present-day social issues referring to New Orleans, the tragedy of the Hurricane and the universal symbol of the Red Cross.
Artist talk on Feb. 18, 2010, (Th3) at 6 p.m. (The Warehouse Gallery). For more information visit http://thewarehousegallery.syr.edu under WINDOW PROJECTS.
ABOUT THE WAREHOUSE GALLERY: THE WAREHOUSE GALLERY is an international contemporary art venue of SUArt Galleries at Syracuse University. The gallery's mission is to present exhibitions and programs by artists whose work engages the community in a dialogue regarding the role the arts can play in illuminating critical issues of our life and times.
For guided tours, large group visits and/or interviews with the artist and curator, please contact the gallery via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Warehouse Gallery is accessible to wheelchair users via a street-level power-assist door adjacent to The Window Projects Gallery on W. Fayette St. For more information or groups with special needs please contact the gallery staff at (315) 443-6450.
EVENT PARKING: Free parking for main event nights is provided in the WHSE Lot adjacent to the building. The lot is accessible via Washington St. Check in with the guard at the booth; you will be directed where to park. On all other dates please use area parking lots or street parking. The Connective Corridor Free Shuttle (Centro #543) stops in front of the building on W. Fayette St, on a 40 min.loop. Visit http://connectivecorridor.syr.edu for more information. The Warehouse Shuttle/Centro #443 (between campus and the Warehouse Bld.) arrives in 10-20 min. intervals.