Artist: Gerry Stecca
Location: Festival Plaza (311 S. Public Rd)
Artists Statement Unlike traditional approaches, the meaning and direction of my artwork develops post medium discovery. After having painted for many years, in 2002 I stumbled upon a few packs of Clothespins while solving a simple request from a friend. I made a dress that started a career in Sculpture and Installations. Although my sculptural pieces are connected by the nature of the media and repetitive techniques, the individual works (Aside from the obvious sustainable and nostalgic implications) inspire different interpretations, which I encouraged and often find enlightening.
The legendary Wood Clothespin is the core of my current body of work. Patiently hand drilled and threaded with wire (In a loom like process), sections are created and connected to one another. Often working as planned, plans tend to change due to the nuances, accidents and lucky wrong turns of the process and medium itself. The number of clothespins I use intrigues and surprises everyone, including myself, as I struggle to acquire thousands of them, now only made overseas.
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Following the installation of the sculptures, area poets and visual artists will be invited to participate in a juried art show, “See and Respond!” where artists create a piece inspired by one of the sculptures. There will be cash prizes awarded in multiple categories. Visit the See & Respond page for more information.