force of nature, 2015

Solo Exhibition at The Halsey Museum of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC

May 22 - July 11, 2015



This exhibition features recent work by Brooklyn-based sculptor Alyson Shotz, whose practice examines the properties and interactions of light, gravity, mass, and space. Shotz bridges disciplines in her work, drawing on scientific methods, mathematical principles, and literature, among other diverse fields. Often employing nontraditional materials such as glass beads, linen thread, stainless-steel filaments, and welded aluminum to create large-scale abstract sculptures, Shotz expands upon conventional notions of sculptural space and form.

Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature marks the artist’s most ambitious show to date. More than fifty works in various mediums will be on view throughout the Halsey Institute, representing the range of Shotz’s artistic output. The exhibition includes a monumental sculptural installation;  a site-specific, volumetric wall drawing; and a collaborative animation, as well as digital and traditional prints, photographs, and ceramics.


White Fold, 2015
Wet spun white linen thread, pins
14ft H. x 49ft L. x 2in


Invariant Interval, 2013-2015
Stainless steel wire, aluminum collars, glass beads
20ft h x 16ft w x 15ft d (609.6 x 487.6 x 457.2 cm)


Black Folds #1-5
Folded and painted aluminum
Various dimensions


Imaginary Sculptures, 2014-15
Enamel on steel, 20 variations
3 x 12" (7.6 x 30.5 cm) each
Edition of 10

Frames Per Second. 2011
Cut acrylic, velcro
94.5 x 240” (240x 609cm)


Progression, 2014
24 Vinyl etchings on glass
approx. 52 x 52" (132 x 132cm) each


The Bedroom, Time Lapse, 2014
Animation, 27:49 min
Digital animation: Todd Akita
Sound Composition and performance: Nasheet Waits


Emergent Structure, 2015
Latex print on vinyl
211.25 x 201.75" (536.5 x 512.4cm)

Sequent. 2013.
Portfolio of five color aquatints with collagraph embossing
13.75 x 13.75”
(34.9 x 34.9cm)
Published by Crown Point Press


Sequent II. 2013.
Portfolio of five color aquatints with collagraph embossing
30.25 x 29.75”
(76.83 x 75cm)
Published by Crown Point Press


Fundamental Forces. 2011.
Suite of 6 silver gelatin prints on fiber paper, mounted on 2-ply museum board
18 x 24”
(45 x 60 cm)
published by Carolina Nitsch