alyson SHOTZ: standing wave
sat, jan 16 – sun, apr 11, 2010
wexner center lower level
alyson SHOTZ (b. 1964), an artist based in brooklyn, is interested in the principles of physics, as well as the interaction between technology and the environment.
she has created a sculptural installation for the lower lobby based on the theory of standing waves—waves that remain in a constant position. shotz has previously exhibited at mass moca, the guggenheim museum, the san francisco museum of modern art, and the cleveland museum of art.
the material she is using for this installation, dichroic acrylic, allows her to introduce color into the structure as a “a physical part of the material.” she says: “what made so much sense about it was that color was created as a natural byproduct of its structure—it sort of subtracts colors from the spectrum. the dichroic film is clear, however, it transmits certain wavelengths of light while reflecting others. the transmitted color is different than the reflected color, and when the light rays transmit straight through the acrylic they are less affected by refraction than when passing at an angle, which makes the light travel a greater distance through the acrylic. this is what causes the color shift. it’s a similar phenomenon to what is seen on dragonfly wings or peacock feathers.”