November 4, 2011

Alice Aycock

Starsifter, Galaxy NGC 4314


Aluminum, thermoformed plexiglas, neon

The Theory of Twilight


Steel plate and motor

A Salutation to The Wonderful Pig of Knowledge

Steel, copper, brass, aluminum, formica, wood, plexiglass, L.E.D.s, motorized parts

Whirls and Twirls on a Vortex of Water


aluminum and acrylic

Hoodo (Laura). From The Series Entitled How To Catch And
Manufacture Ghosts. Vertical And Horizontal Cross-Sections Of The
Ether Wind


Plexiglas, glass, steel, galvanized steel,
moving parts, neon light

Alice Aycock’s sculptures mainly are large graceful forms, extremely detailed and mechanical, recently becoming more predominate with neon. Her themes are physiological disorders of the mind and industrialism. “Aycock relies on paradigms, cybernetics, phenomenology, physics, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, information overload, outdated scientific thinking, and computer programming to create a "complex" that is architectural and sculptural as well as mental and emotional”(Robert Hobbs). She incorporates the mental disorders being linked perhaps directly to the estrangement of postmodern life into her sculptures.

For her artwork How to Catch and Manufacture Ghosts: she explains that "For this piece I was inspired by devices and apparatus that I found in various history books on technology. The devices were archaic 18th century and 19th century objects that are no longer relevant...The piece is in large part my interpretation of the history of invention..."(Alice Aycock).

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