Murals by Amy Trachtenberg seen at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga - Counterpoint at Creekside Studio: Montalvo Art Center
Murals by Amy Trachtenberg seen at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga - Counterpoint at Creekside Studio: Montalvo Art Center
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Item Counterpoint at Creekside Studio: Montalvo Art Center
Created by Amy Trachtenberg
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Counterpoint at Creekside Studio: Montalvo Art Center

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Operating at the intersection of painting, sculpture and architecture, Trachtenberg’s two-part piece, "Counterpoint" includes the Patchwork Shadecloth and Striped Shed Doors in The Creekside Studio. Two patterned abstract assemblages drawing connections between the natural and cultural setting for artist residents and the wider community.

As an armature for multiple forms of interactivity,we created new usage patterns and facilities for ceramics, summer camp and gathering spaces. The collaboration reveals the space as a container for physical and social connections adjacent to Wildcat Creek.

Creating a functional context for outdoor communal gathering at Montalvo Arts Center The Creekside Studio is a new locale for resident artists, youth camp and the wider community. A terraced space centering on two revitalized shed structures, handcrafted benches, work tables and an outdoor sink nestle in a surround of oak trees and ancient redwoods. The studio’s new native plantings contribute to the Montalvo Arboretum. The Creekside Studio emphasizes Montalvo’s potential to perform its ripple effect in the landscape for a widening sense of artmaking and community.

Commissioned Collaboration: Visual Artist Amy Trachtenberg and Landscape Architect Jeffrey Miller

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Amy Trachtenberg

Amy Trachtenberg

San Francisco, CA

"I’ve experimented with many different forms and media in shifting grammars of abstraction and in a range of scale and venue. My interest in the consequences of material culture and actions of intuitive processes are explored between painting, collage, sculpture and design.

The paintings with collage and cast-off materials share attitude with the wall sculpture and architecturally specific work. Resonant with the history of textiles and exploring the languages of color and surface pattern in painting, I employ experimental printmaking processes on various substrates such as cloth and ceramics. Used shards and commercially made materials abut inside these temporary and permanent pieces. With a material alchemy these hybrid works are conduits for reflecting the tensions and fluidity in nature and culture."

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