Invariant Interval, a site-specific installation by the VAC’s fall 2013 artist-in-residence Alyson Shotz, presents viewers with a mesmerizing environment constructed of modest materials. Suspended from the Vaulted Gallery’s concrete ceiling, a framework of netted wires holding thousands of glinting silver beads cascades through the space, continually flexing and distorting to create the illusion of movement and momentum. Invariant Interval demonstrates Shotz’s continued interest in transforming insubstantial materials into robust, enthralling forms. Her talk will explore her career, interests and inspirations, and recent experience in-residence at the VAC.

Alyson Shotz is an artist based in Brooklyn. She graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 1991. Shotz investigates issues of perception and space through sculptures made from a range of synthetic materials such as mirrors, glass beads, plastic lenses, thread, and steel wire. Her works are in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Invariant Interval, on view September 27 – December 7.


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