Alice Aycock

Storm King Art Center

Alice Aycock’s retrospective, “Complex Visions,” which marks the 30th anniversary of Storm King, both continued and challenged the outdoor sculpture park’s prevailing conditions. Aycock’s level of accomplishment was equal to Storm King’s pageant of art, but it was her display of restless intelligence, unreined curiosity, and rebellious departure that made the exhibition remarkable.

Aycock’s delight in mismatched ideas from philosophical, scientific, and cultural sources complicates and enriches her work, and this exhibition confirmed an ever-widening, discursive outlook. Low Building with Dirt Roof (for Mary), 1990, one of three outdoor pieces, was a reconstruction of a piece originally built in Pennsylvania in 1973. This wood-framed hip roof covered with dirt is supported on low stone walls. Less than 30 inches in height, the structure requires a squatting motion to look at the interior.

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