Art & Wall Decor by Gina Telcocci seen at Potrero Branch Library, San Francisco - Here and Past Here
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Item Here and Past Here
Created by Gina Telcocci

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The Potrero Branch Library on 20th Street features "Here and Past Here" (2010), sculptor Gina Telcocci's abstract work, which is suspended above the library’s main staircase and references the unique natural and cultural history of the Potrero Hill neighborhood.

The focal point of the installation is a form suggested by the California Buckeye (aesculus californica) seed pod. The buckeye was one of the dominant trees in the area and provided food and other resources to the Native Ohlone living in the area. The pod is constructed of a willow grid, partially thatched with tule (scirpus californicus). This is a direct reference to Ohlone house construction.

The wire net-like piece hanging alongside the pod is another layer peeling off the pod. It is an abstracted version of a woven, utilitarian object such as a winnowing basket, made with a style of weaving that was also practiced by native people in the area.

Meet the Creator

Gina Telcocci

Gina Telcocci

Oakland, CA

Stone Soup Project "Ordinary Matter" at GearBox Gallery till Jan 23, 2021

“In my artwork, I use ancient, traditional, and invented craft techniques to fashion objects and installations. I work intuitively, and most often I avoid the specific in favor of what I think of as the general or universal.

For me, much of the power of sculpture is bound up in its physicality. The materials I use include wood, found objects, reeds, paper mache, wax, seeds, etc. All have inherent beauty and richness of color, texture, and associated references. Some of the processes I engage in are collecting, sorting, assemblage, woodworking, basket-making, miscellaneous crafts, and, sometimes a bit of mechanical and sound collage assembly.

Although my work springs from a sensual & intuitive response to form & materials, rather than from a conceptual orientation, I do have very particular ideas about meanings encoded in it. For example, the grid & the spiral, basic to basket construction, represent, respectively, a human conception of order, and the life force. This is a combination of ideas that I find essential, and endlessly fascinating. Raw, wild nature (the materials) meets cool mental abstraction (structure & process) and the imposition of human will (the form and function). To me, basket-making embodies a distinct & beautiful human relationship to the natural world, and reflects a globally shared cultural history.”

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