Alyson Shotz: Cross Sections, 2004
Text by Matthew Guy Nichols
32 pages, Softcover
Published by Locks Art Publications
Shotz exhibits regularly in New York and Los Angeles with a body of work concentrated in sculpture, photography, and digital printmaking. Shotz's work has been enthusiastically received by a critical audience and has attracted the attention of national and international curators-bringing about several prominent acquisitions by museums and private collections. For the artist's debut exhibition in Philadelphia and publication, Locks Gallery is pleased to present a selection of ten large-scale mixed media paintings and a single room-sized sculptural installation. Shotz's brightly colored paintings are executed on rigid panels, with a clean, flatly painted style incorporating collaged photographic and simply drawn, cartoon-like elements. During their production, each layer of abstract imagery is covered with a film of transparent resin, separating each layer spatially from the previous and next-creating a shimmering, translucent finished surface nearly as smooth and polished as glass. Alyson Shotz received an MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1991. She has been featured in nearly one dozen one-person exhibitions since then and has received numerous awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (1999); and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2004). Shotz's work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; the LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Peter Norton Collection; and the West Family Collection at SEI, Pennsylvania.