Art in the Garden – Alyson Shotz
June 30, 2016 – May 31, 2017
San Antonio Botanical Garden
Featuring Alyson Shotz
Contemporary at Blue Star is pleased to partner with the San Antonio Botanical Garden to present a newly commissioned artwork by renowned Brooklyn-based artist, Alyson Shotz. For her yearlong exhibition at the Garden, Shotz has conceived a large-scale freestanding steel sculpture, which will interact with viewers and its natural surroundings. Known for ethereal artworks that build on natural phenomena and play with human perception, her piece for the Garden is a site-specific installation that encourages viewers to engage with the Garden landscape in new ways.
Of this new work, Shotz says, “Scattering Screen is a sculpture that explores the space between things. The small mirrored circles reflect light and scatter the visible surroundings into thousands of tiny pieces, shifting and moving across the sculpture like an analog screen. The play between the reflections and spaces between reflections draws attention to the idea of solidity itself as the sculpture creates an optical continuum where negative and positive space continually intertwine.
“I also wanted to look at large-scale steel sculpture in a new way. Instead of creating a solid and heavy welded piece, like most public metal sculpture, I’ve made something flexible and light and permeable. It’s made by knitting the metal together with wires instead of welding. The steel acts more like a fabric than a solid unchanging object.”
Alyson Shotz’s work has been widely shown internationally and can be found in the permanent collections of such notable institutions as the Blanton Museum of Art at UT Austin; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; among others. Her artwork for the Garden will be the first public presentation of her work in San Antonio, TX. Ms. Shotz wishes to extend her gratitude for the hard work of her assistants, Margaret Lee, Meredith McDevitt, Osiris Zuniga, and Kimberly Nam.
About Art in the Garden
For the past twelve year’s Contemporary at Blue Star has partnered with the San Antonio Botanical Garden in an annual exhibition, Art in the Garden, which sites yearlong contemporary art installations at the Garden’s 33-acre campus in San Antonio, TX. This partnership has brought many artists working at the height of their careers to San Antonio for this much sought after opportunity. One of the reasons this exhibition partnership has been so successful is the number of people it reaches—more than 150,00 people annually engage in a larger dialogue about contemporary art in spaces beyond the gallery through Art in the Garden.