Gerry Stecca is a Miami based artist whose work ranges from painting to sculptural installations. The James Royal Palm wall sculpture is part of a long running series composed of wood clothespins.
The chosen medium is wood and “The Clothespin”, an energy saving device, inspires not only environmental thinking but brings back nostalgic memories from a simpler past. Their shape and arrangement form patterns as well as intricate shadows, all inspiring reason for its creation.
Having painted most of hiscareer, naturally handy and ever curious about all things art and design, circa 2002 Stecca made a simple dress out of clothespins for a friend; unknowingly the beginning of a long series of sculptures and installations.
Backwards from his traditional training, most of the meaning and direction of the work develops post-discovery. This creates constant excitement and curiosity throughout the creation process. The rough direction is understood but the media and technique are all equally influential.
Although the 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 Stecca encouraged and often find enlightening.
Stecca makes or mentally design art at all times. Partly his own nature, partly a trained habit originated from years of solving and tending art and design challenges. Painting is always present for him, but his installation work is a driving force of a great satisfactory magnitude. Fabrication is a necessity, the installation a reward. How his work seats in its environment, the shadow patterns it generates, the appearance changes caused by light, time of day and viewing angle, and the reaction it provokes in others are the reasons why Stecca does what he do.
Recent works from this series are now part of the permanent collections at the UMaine Museum of Art, The East Wing collection at the Courtauld (London, UK), Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Port Angeles Fine Arts Center (WA), Everett Community College (WA) and soon at the new Ft Smith Museum of Art (AK).
The works have also been featured in HGTV’s Color Splash and Deco Drive, The Miami Herald and The New Times, The Miami International Airport, The Frost Museum of Art (FIU), Diana Lowenstein Gallery and more.