Alice Aycock

The Turbulence Series

Oct 18 — Nov 18, 2017
New York, Uptown

Marlborough is pleased to present The Turbulence Series, an exhibition of new work by Alice Aycock, the artist's first with the gallery. The exhibition will include five large-scale aluminum sculptures and a number of smaller works, as well as a selection of works on paper. 

Aycock’s complex and singularly inventive body of work has its roots in Russian Constructivism and references architecture, minimalism, conceptual and kinetic art. The newest sculptures, entitled The Turbulence Series, are pristine and powerful aluminum whirls which range in height from 9 to 19-feet tall. The works are simultaneous incarnations of wind and waves; they suggest the velocity of fluid dynamics, as well as the euphoria of levitation and dance in equal measure. Indeed, the essential depiction of movement within sculptures by Aycock creates a sensation of kinesthesia in the viewer. Within the ribbons of motion one might perceive a turbine or an ice-skater captured in mid-spin.

In addition to her playful engagement with fields of scientific inquiry, the artist garners inspirations from the theatrical aspects of historical and contemporary architecture, as well as industrial architecture in relation to the anti-gravitational appeal of amusement parks. For Aycock, life on earth is a mesmerizing maelstrom. Although her sculptures and drawings have been infl uenced by the work and writings of Marcel Duchamp and Leonardo da Vinci, Aycock says, “I am an unabashed lover of toys—paper airplanes, spinning tops, gyroscopes.” The artist considers these new “Twister” works, conceived and developed over the past ten years, to be a distillation of her previous decades of artistic output.

Works

From the Series Entitled "Sum Over Histories" - Study for a Timescape V, 2013, inkjet print and hand painted watercolor on paper, 36 × 53 in., 91.4 × 134.6 cm
Another Twister, 2017, aluminum, edition of 5 +2AP, 39 × 28 × 36 in., 99.1 × 71.1 × 91.4 cm
Hoodo (Laura) from the Series "How to Catch and Manufacture Ghosts" - Vertical and Horizontal Cross-section of the Ether Wind (1981) , 1990 - 2012, watercolor and ink on paper, 271/2 × 391/4 in., 69.9 × 99.7 cm
Three-Fold Manifestation II, 2009, aluminum, edition of 6, 303/4 × 16 × 15 in., 78.1 × 40.6 × 38.1 cm
The Game of Flyers - Part II - International Arrivals Building, Dulles Airport, 2012, 2012, inkjet and hand painted watercolor on paper, 36 × 60 in., 91.4 × 152.4 cm
Small Twist, 2013-2016, white powder coated aluminum, AP1 of an edition of 3, 39 × 33 × 39 in., 99.1 × 83.8 × 99.1 cm
Super Twister 1 View B, 2017, inkjet print and hand-painted watercolor on paper, 38 × 32 in., 96.5 × 81.3 cm
The Riddle of the Flying Saucer #1, 2015, aluminum, edition of 3 +1AP
Untitled Cyclone, 2017, aluminum, edition of 3 +1AP, 105 × 165 × 112 in., 266.7 × 419.1 × 284.5 cm
Maze 2000, 2009, aluminum, edition of 6 +1AP, 191/2 × 24 × 31 in., 49.5 × 61 × 78.7 cm
Devil Whirls, 2017, white powder coated aluminum, edition of 3 +1AP, 232 × 273 × 226 in., 589.3 × 693.4 × 574 cm

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