New York

Alice Aycock, Jacki Apple, Martha Wilson, and Rita Myers

112 Greene Street

Alice Aycock’s constructed wooden scaffolding with ladders and the two drawings shown with it for towerlike buildings—Study for a Hexagonal Building and Study for a Building with Footholds for Climbing the Walls may be seen as the pendant to her recent Project for a Network for Underground Wells and Tunnels, built in the fall of 1975 in Far Hills, New Jersey. When I asked Aycock why she built a scaffolding, she answered that when she goes outdoors she builds down and when she is inside she builds up. The scaffolding looks like a giant jungle-gym, a participative play structure in the genre of Robert Morris’s Tate Museum show. But, like balancing on one of Morris’s ledges, the actual experience of climbing one of the longer ladders eliminated any notions I had had about fun. Although the structure is built extremely soundly, employing the traditional bracing techniques found in the construction

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