Epsiode four of Museum Way is available now! In this episode, artist Alyson Shotz visits Museum Way to talk about installing her work “Scattering Screen” in our North Forest. Then we talk with Assistant Preparator Drew Divilbiss about his role in handling artwork, working with installations, and more.
Shotz is an artist whose work investigates concepts of space, light, gravity and perception. Her sculptures—made from a range of materials including glass, thread, steel, mirrors, lenses and beads—examine these concepts while allowing viewers to contemplate and appreciate the environment surrounding the piece.
Scattering Screen is a sculpture comprised of thousands of polished stainless steel circles, woven together with wire. Although it is made of heavy metal elements, the images reflected on its surface give the sculpture the appearance of weightlessness. As individual parts shift and move, they simultaneously capture light and let it pass through. The rhythmic patterning of the surface reflects the dense forest landscape, creating a cacophony of forms.
Shotz was recently featured in our #ArtistatCB series! Learn more about the artist here.
The Prep Team is a tribe of multi-talented skilled workers who bustle about the museum, sometimes shepherding artworks, sometimes operating machinery or ferrying ladders and work benches from gallery to gallery, but always in motion.
The Collections Management Preparations team includes preparators whose job it is to carry out all physical movement of artwork and care for the collection. They install and de-install works in the permanent galleries and on the museum grounds, as well as temporary exhibitions. They frame or unframe works as needed for conservation, and are in charge of the packing and crating of artworks going out on loan, and the unpacking of incoming work. They also build mounts or pedestals for artwork as needed.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Assistant Preparator Drew Divilbiss to answer all of your questions about what really goes on behind-the scenes. Where do we store the artwork? How is it cleaned? Learn all this and more on Museum Way.
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