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Alice Aycock : Sculpture and Projects - Robert Hobbs

Alice Aycock

Sculpture and Projects

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Published: 1st August 2005
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Winner, Scholarly Illustrated Category, 2007 AAUP Book Jacket and Journal Show. and Received an Honorable Mention in the Art & Art History category of the 2005 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. Alice Aycock's large, semi-architectural works deal with the interaction of structure, site, materials, and the psychophysical responses of the viewer. Offered meaningful but contradictory clues by both her images and her texts, viewers attempt to discover not only what the work of art conveys but how it communicates its contents, in investigations that parallel the artist's own. In "Alice Aycock: Sculpture and Projects," Robert Hobbs examines the development of Aycock's work over twenty years and her negotiation--along with other artists who came of age in the early 1970s--of the transition from modernism to postmodernism. "The problem," wrote Aycock in 1977, "seems to be how to connect without connecting." Hobbs describes Aycock's strategies for doing just this: for creating a work with disparate image and texts that offer a new perspective on reality. Influenced by the "specific objects" of minimalism's hybrid forms and by conceptualism's emphasis on language, Aycock relies on paradigms, cybernetics, phenomenology, physics, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, information overload, outdated scientific thinking, and computer programming to create a "complex" that is architectural and sculptural as well as mental and emotional. Schizophrenia and other mental conditions, sometimes considered metaphors for the disconnections of postmodern existence, are specific sources of inspiration in Aycock's work. By exploring the physical and existential positions of isolation, estrangement, disorientation, entrapment and fear, her three-dimensional constructions not only posit alternative states of mind, they suppose possible narratives and suggest multiple truths and lies. Aycock's work invites the viewer to experience sculpture with the entire body and a fully mind. Her sculpture has had a transformative effect on the contemporary art experience.

Aycock's ambivalent response to the rise of feminism is one of the many issues that Robert Hobbs addresses with some subtlety in Alice Aycock, Sculpture and Projects. This 11-by-9-inch spaciously designed monograph masterfully integrates its documentary and interpretive functions, suggesting a felicitous coupling of scholar and art. Hobbs, a distinguished art historian, illuminates Aycock's work with references as intricate as Aycock's own, which range from the literary to the biographical.

-Art in America
Aycock's ambivalent response to the rise of feminism is one of the many issues that Robert Hobbs addresses with some subtlety in Alice Aycock, Sculpture and Projects. This 11-by-9-inch spaciously designed monograph masterfully integrates its documentary and interpretive functions, suggesting a felicitous coupling of scholar and art. Hobbs, a distinguished art historian, illuminates Aycock's work with references as intricate as Aycock's own, which range from the literary to the biographical.

-Art in America * Reviews *

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Beginnings of a Complexp. 1
Aycock on Her Family: Facts into Mythsp. 27
Incarnating Thought as Baby Boomer, Cold War Soldier, and '60s Radicalp. 33
From Minimalism to the Futurep. 39
Cresting the Minimalist/Postminimalist Dividep. 55
M. A. Thesis: The Highway Networkp. 59
Early Work: Projecting Art into Viewers' Spaces and the World, the Aesthetics of Danger, and the Synergy of 112 Greene Streetp. 65
Maze, 1972p. 77
Low Building with Dirt Roof (for Mary), 1973p. 87
Feminismp. 95
Drawing on a Patriarchal Order while Deflecting Itp. 105
Architectural Sculpturep. 109
Site Specificityp. 139
Architectural Sculpture as Suprastructionp. 149
Borges's Tear and Aycock's Ripp. 151
The True and the False Project: Embodied and Disembodied Seeing Phenomenology and Schizophreniap. 157
"The Beginnings of a Complex...": For Documentap. 171
Writerly Texts and Schizophreniap. 189
Virtual Space, Medieval Legacies, and Architectural Sculpturep. 199
From Architectural Sculpture to The Machine That Makes the Worldp. 227
How to Catch and Manufacture Ghostsp. 247
The Art of Memory in the Age of Artificial Intelligencep. 283
Enmeshed in Wisdom's Netsp. 295
Sophistry and Postmodernismp. 333
Conclusionp. 351
Postscriptp. 353
Text Accompanying Project Entitled "I Have Tried to Imagine the Kind of City You and I Could Live in as King and Queen"p. 377
Text Accompanying Project Entitled "The City of the Walls"p. 379
Text Accompanying From the Series Entitled How to Catch and Manufacture Ghosts, "Collected Ghost Stories from the Workhouse"p. 381
Text Accompanying The New & Favorite Game of the Universe and the Golden Goose Eggp. 383
Notesp. 385
Select Bibliographyp. 403
Indexp. 415
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ISBN: 9780262083393
ISBN-10: 0262083396
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st August 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.6  x 4.4
Weight (kg): 2.36