Simple Complexity Installation and Works by Gerry Stecca
Through the patient hands of installation artist Gerry Stecca, small household items are transformed into the extraordinary. The artist has created an environment of sculptural forms crafted by connecting approximately 10,000 wooden clothespins. Visitors wind their way through an array of free-standing organic forms. A grouping of column-like structures, some nine feet tall, rise from the gallery floor like stalagmites or the protruding roots of mangrove trees. Stecca has explored the creative potential of the clothespin for over five years and, for the artist, this uncomplicated, domestic tool evokes feelings of nostalgia — the last American clothespin factory closed in 2007. Adding to the experience is the play of light on the forms and the dramatic cast shadows that layer elongated, abstract patterns on the wall. With a lighthearted tone these sculptures inspire, with a childlike amazement, the creative possibilities of mundane objects.
Gerry Stecca was born in Caracas, Venezuela and received his B.A. degree in Visual Arts from the University of California, La Jolla.