Alice Aycock was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1946. In the 1970’s she was one of the youngest members of the circle of New York artists around Gordon Matta-Clark and the 112 Greene Street Gallery.
Aycock first gained international recognition with her contribution to Documenta 6 (1977), The Beginnings of a Complex… . In her often large-scale sculptures and installations Aycock channels various themes; from cybernetics, phenomenology, physics, post-structuralism, information-overload, scientific discoveries, and computer programming to create works that sit on the cross-section between architecture and sculpture, eliciting both intellectual and emotional responses from their viewers.
Her work has been presented in exhibitions around the world, including solo shows at MoMA, MCA Chicago, Serpentine Gallery, as well as comprehensive European museum retrospectives in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
In 1990, a second retrospective with the title Complex Visions was organized by the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville.
Major group exhibitions include the 1979 and 1981 Whitney Biennials in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Documenta (1977; 1987), the Venice Biennale (1978; 1980; 1982), LACMA and Haus der Kunst (2012), as well as the seminal exhibition Materializing ‘Six Years’: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art at the Brooklyn Museum (2012).