Art In The Garden to Feature New Artwork by Alyson Shotz
Blue Star Contemporary
June 30, 2016 5:30 pm - June 30, 2016 7:30 pm
Inspired by perception and the natural world
Blue Star Contemporary and the San Antonio Botanical Garden are delighted to announce Alyson Shotz as the artist for their 2016 Art in The Garden collaboration. Brooklyn- based Shotz will be in attendance at the opening reception on Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 pm located at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This event is free and open to the public.
For her yearlong exhibition at the Garden, Shotz has conceived a newly commissioned largescale, freestanding steel sculpture, Scattering Screen, which will interact with viewers and the Garden’s natural surroundings. Known for ethereal artworks that build on natural phenomena and play with human perception, her piece for the Garden is a site-specific installation that encourages viewers to engage with the Garden landscape in new ways.
Of this new work, Shotz says, Scattering Screen is a sculpture that explores the space between things. The small mirrored circles reflect light and scatter the visible surroundings into thousands of tiny pieces, shifting and moving across the sculpture like an analogue screen. The play between the reflections and spaces between reflections draws attention to the idea of solidity itself as the sculpture creates an optical continuum where negative and positive spaces continually intertwine.
“I also wanted to look at large-scale steel sculpture in a new way. Instead of creating a solid and heavy welded piece, like most public metal sculpture, I’ve made something flexible and light and permeable. Knitting the metal together with wires instead of welding makes the steel act more like
fabric than a solid, unchanging object.”
Alyson Shotz’s work has shown internationally and can be found in the permanent collections of such notable institutions as the Blanton Museum of Art at UT Austin; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY;
and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; among others. Alyson Shotz’s installation for Art in the Garden will be the first public presentation of her work in San Antonio, TX.
This exhibition was made possible by the support of Capital Group Companies Charitable Fund. City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development, a grant from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, the Lifshutz Family, the Mary Hobbs Griffith Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Russell H. Rogers Fund for
the Arts, San Antonio Botanical Garden, Silver Eagle Distributors, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Alyson Shotz wishes to extend her gratitude for the hard work of her assistants, Margaret Lee, Meredith McDevitt, Osiris Zuniga, and Kimberly Nam.
Blue Star Contemporary Summer News
Blue Star will host offsite exhibitions, June-August, while its 116 Blue Star location is undergoing renovations, thanks to support from City of an Antonio’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 11 Board, the City Bond 2012, Capital Group,
Lifshutz Family, Poteet Architects, and the King William Association.
New features will include a wide, welcoming front staircase; large glass entry that opens up Blue Star more to the public; and a continuous railing and paint treatment that visually connects the MOSAIC Gallery and Studio to Blue Star
Contemporary for visitors. It will also be a more public, inviting presence for the thousands of visitors now crediting Southtown and the Mission Reach as a top destination. Blue Star Plans on reopening its 116 Blue Star doors this fall.
Blue Star Contemporary is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art organization celebrating 30 years in San Antonio, Texas that advances the growth and understanding of contemporary art, artists, and the curatorial process.
With a mission to inspire, nurture, and innovate, Blue Star hosts 20 contemporary exhibitions annually as well as a year-round after-school art education program for high school youth, the MOSAIC Student Artist Program, at its home in Southtown. For more information about Blue Star Contemporary and the offsite summer exhibitions, visit www.bluestarart.org.
About San Antonio Botanical Garden
Daily admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden is $10 adults; $8 students, seniors, military; $7 children age 3-13.
Located at 555 Funston Place at North New Braunfels, parking is free. The Botanical Garden is operated under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation and is open year-round except Thanksgiving,
Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit www.sabot.org.