Alan Shields: In Motion

Alan Shields, Maze, 1981–82, acrylic and thread on canvas, cotton belting, velcr
Alan Shields, Maze, 1981–82, acrylic and thread on canvas, cotton belting, velcro, and aluminum pipe, 87 x 219 x 219 inches (Estate of the artist, courtesy Van Doren Waxter)

Janet Goleas reviews Alan Shields: In Motion at The Parrish Art Museum on view through January 19, 2015.

Goreas writes: "Shields not only employed means that were traditionally female (sewing, weaving, beading), he pulled the canvas from the wall and then gave it a front, a back and an interior. He turned the structure of pictorial space on its ear and expanded the language of gesture by trading in the brushwork of Abstract Expressionism for decorative switchbacks drawn from the needle of an industrial sewing machine... The Shields avatar continues to influence the work of contemporary artists ranging from Jessica Stockholder to Jim Lambie to Lauren Luloff, and his aesthetic reach is one that crosses platforms, mediums and milieus."