I absolutely love the work by Brooklyn-based artist Alyson Shotz and recently I got the chance to take a closer look at one of her pieces when visiting the Frieze Art Fair.
Her works are very much about force of nature, physics and optics. I’m specifically fascinated by the series called Laws of Motion (as I’ve featured before in one of my moodboards, remember?), four different pieces cast from slabs of clay dropped from different heights with varying degrees of force. A process which, as written about here, relies on chance and allows each unique work to be shaped by gravity and motion. Once cast in bronze the undefined shapes become solified. I’m very drawn to this sort of art. Some sort of movement; moments that are solified, fixed. Makes me think of frustration, which is a feeling I keep coming back to as an inspiration for most of my ideas in my work. Because, you see, frustration is that force of feelings and volition wanting to come out but is incapable of doing so. You find yourself restless without knowing what to do, something needs to break to release that energy. It is a wish for movement which is fixed, stuck. One could say it’s a disinclination against fitting into a certain structure, the one expected from you. But it’s also about playing with contrasts… communicating movement with something solified and fixed and using natural as well as artificial elements to do so.
I’m not saying that all of this is what Alyson Shotz wants to say with her art but for me, this is very much what I see in her work and that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it? It’s what YOU see, what your perception is that speaks to you, your reflection. You don’t need to be an expert to be entitled to your own opinions and perceptions.
For the very same reason I love Richard Deacon’s “Restless” piece of wood steamed into a range of twisting forms. Ok, a little bit of topic, won’t go on forever about this. What I really wanted to say is that, if you’d want to see more of Alyson Shotz work you’d be able to do so in Stockholm at Galleri Andersson/Sandström from August 20th. I will definitely go.