ABOUT THE ARTIST'S WORK
A pioneer of the Land Art movement, sculptor Alice Aycock’s outdoor architectural works consider the relationships between the built form and the body. Embedded within the landscape, her early works merged art with everyday life. These works were participatory, drawing the viewer through constrictive passageways to elicit a physiological response such as fear or anxiety. Her later machinic sculptures comprised of cogs, wheels
and often motors, appear functional, but are ultimately fantastical, sprawling complexes that intentionally defy utility and reason. Inspired by science, history, religion, and anthropology, her structures explore the intersection between the rational and irrational, questioning how we create knowledge about the world and how this knowledge is manifested in our structures.
Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Alice Aycock has lived in New York City since 1968. She received a B.A. from Douglass College and an M.A. from Hunter College. Currently she is represented by Marlborough Gallery, New York. Her works can be found in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the LA County Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Sheldon Museum of Art, Storm King Art Center, and the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany. She has had three major retrospectives. The first was organized by the Wurttembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart in 1983 and traveled to Koln, Marl, Den Haag, and Luzern. The 1990 retrospective was organized by the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY. In 2013, a retrospective of her drawings and small sculptures was exhibited at the new Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York coinciding with the Grey Art Gallery in New York City. The exhibition traveled to the AD&A Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. A fully illustrated catalogue, “Some Stories are Worth Repeating,” with an essay by Jonathan Fineberg accompanied the retrospective. MIT Press published the artist’s first hardcover monograph, entitled Alice Aycock, Sculpture and Projects, authored by Robert Hobbs in 2005.