Functional And Fantasy Stair And Cyclone Fragment

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Alice Aycock is a member of the group of artists (Laurie Anderson perhaps a better-known member) who came artistic age in the early 1970s, grappling with the stylistic transition from modernism to postmodernism. Although her pieces feel architectural, they are not, as Aycock has said: ”… functional architecture, but architecture as an umbrella from which you could hang many things—psychology, history, or culture.”

Aycock has held a life-long obsession with the nature of reality; that is to say, her work deals with various states of mind and body, sometimes real, but often fictional, sometimes downright peculiar. But always complex. Typically, her work mines a vast array of references—physics, psychoanalysis, literary, computer programming, mental disorders, even ancient languages. This subject matter makes for intensely psychological environments.

Learn more: http://venetianred.net/2009/09/25/bay-area-favs-alice-aycocks-fantasy-functional-staircase/

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San Francisco Arts Commission
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San Francisco Public Library

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