November 4, 2011

Alice Aycock


Starsifter, Galaxy NGC 4314

2005

Aluminum, thermoformed plexiglas, neon



The Theory of Twilight

1983

Steel plate and motor



A Salutation to The Wonderful Pig of Knowledge

1984
Steel, copper, brass, aluminum, formica, wood, plexiglass, L.E.D.s, motorized parts



Whirls and Twirls on a Vortex of Water

2008

aluminum and acrylic




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

1981/1991

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relies on paradigms, cybernetics, phenomenology, physics, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, information overload, outdated scientific thinking, and computer programming to create a "complex" that is architectural and sculptural as well as mental and emotional”(Robert Hobbs).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).

http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=10455

http://www.usfcam.usf.edu/gs/artists/aycock_alice/aycock.html

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