New York

Alice Aycock

John Weber Gallery

Within a waist-high wooden fence three paths lead to a tilted circular enclosure, lashed to a central axis by a lever. As the willing participant crawls toward it through heavy, guillolinelike metal gates the drum rotates until a narrow opening is exposed. Inside he stands on a narrow wooden platform while the walls on either side trundle noisily past. After one revolution another gap is revealed. Trapped and frustrated, the victim finally arrives at the center. As he awaits his captor’s behest he may wonder who is operating this torture-device-cum-party-game. In literal terms, it is one of the gallery staff. Hypothetically, Alice Aycock proposes a complex of wheels and cranks, part of her long-term consideration of the roots of the Industrial Revolution. On a fictional plane the title, The Machine that Makes the World alludes to the series The Angels Continue Turning the Wheels of the

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