On Nov. 19, The Warehouse Gallery will present “Alyson Shotz: Drawing through Space,” an exhibition including three wall drawings untitled (3 views of an object), and the wire sculpture “Line and Shadow.” A public reception will be held from 5–8 p.m. on Nov. 19 and will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Syracuse Opera Music Director Douglas Kinney Frost and opera singer Zach Martin beginning at 6 p.m. The exhibition is intended for audiences of all ages. All events are free and open to the public.

On Feb. 4 at 7 p.m., The Warehouse Gallery will host a lecture by Shotz, presented in partnership with the Everson Museum of Art. The artist will talk about the role of light in her works.

With the assistance of Syracuse University students, Brooklyn-based Shotz created her works on site, thus turning The Warehouse Gallery into a form of laboratory. Shotz is one of today’s groundbreaking artists, transforming contemporary art through a fusion of technology and handcrafted steel wire and yarn artworks.

Her use of this material is a means of combining sculpture with drawing to address issues of light, space, time and motion. Strikingly beautiful, her wire sculpture in the vault and three wall drawings project optical experiences where questions of perception and misperception lead to further examination of the impact of 21st century technology on the arts.

A gallery guide accompanies the exhibition with an essay, “Technology and the Handmade,” by Anya Chávez, curator of contemporary art at The Warehouse Gallery and SUArt Galleries at Syracuse University. The catalog will be available at the gallery and online beginning Nov. 19.

“Alyson Shotz: Drawing through Space” is made possible with support from Francis H. Williams. Additional support for the lecture is provided by the Syracuse University Sculpture Program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Shotz lives and works in Brooklyn. A recipient of many awards, including the 2007 Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship, Shotz was the 2005-06 Happy and Bob Doran Artist-in-Residence at Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Conn. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is currently exhibited at All Visual Arts, London.


Untitled (Green) from Three Views of an Object, 2010
Hand dyed yard and pins on wall
135” x 161” x 2” 

Untitled (Blue) from Three Views of an Object, 2010
Hand dyed yard and pins on wall
183” x 132” x 2”

Untitled (Purple) from Three Views of an Object, 2010
Hand dyed yard and pins on wall
169” x 228” x 2”

Line and Shadow, 2009
Steel Wire
H. 115" x w.111" x d.119"

All photos: Dave Broda