Ghosts & Other Spirits At GearBox Gallery In Oakland

L. – transplant, Gina Telcocci, 9”X17”X8”, mixed media; R. – square, Alan Azhderian, 30” X 30”, found painted wood.
L. – transplant, Gina Telcocci, 9”X17”X8”, mixed media; R. – square, Alan Azhderian, 30” X 30”, found painted wood.

Artists Gina Telcocci & Alan Azhderian evoke hints of the past in artwork each makes from collected beach detritus.

At the waterfront along the SF bay & Sonoma coast, the sea worn remains of who knows what perilous voyages & ancient adventures turn up strewn along the shore, mixing with the fag-ends, detritus, & plastic bits of the Pacific trash gyre. Gina Telcocci and Alan Azhderian deftly pick over the remains, & whip up concoctions that evoke shifting characters and moody states.

“Ghosts & Other Spirits” is the title of an installation by Telcocci. She describes it as a “convening of some of the characters & attendants that have emerged out of my imagination”, and out of her experience of the urban/wild bay environment… Using drift-plywood collected along the East Bay waterfront, she finds scruffy suggestions of narratives and distant characters. The use of recorded, motion-operated sound combines with an odd assemblage of wall-mounted and suspended sculptural objects in this mysteriously engaging installation.

Alan Azhderian’s beachcombing becomes a dynamic meditation. The process begins with a leisurely drive to the coast, then immersion into the vast and unruly landscape. Then a shift in focus to the scavenger hunt for materials & objects that resonate. As Azhderian says, these are “…castaway materials with their variety of patinas, surfaces, (affected by time and circumstance) that trigger other associations and evoke other shades of meaning.” After undergoing transformation in Azhderian’s studio, the resulting assemblages become rhythmic, seductive, & nuanced fields.

Telcocci and Azhderian, both faculty members at Santa Rosa Junior College, share a sensibility that embraces the ordinary, beat-up, time-worn discards of previous planetary tenants. Both treat their collected materials as formal elements in aesthetic vocabularies that celebrate beauty, as well as flux, decay, and regeneration.

Gina Telcocci & Alan Azhderian: Ghosts & Other Spirits
Exhibition Dates: March 24 – April 23, 2016
First Friday Opening Reception: April 1, 2016, 6-9 pm

GearBox Gallery
770 W. Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

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