Groundwork

Amy Trachtenberg

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Groundwork is an artist intervention located in the entryway rotunda of the San José Public Library’s new Hillview Branch. It includes eight sculptural columns and a frieze of twenty-six paintings that together re-imagine the landscape and labor of San Jose’s agricultural past…

 

SKU: 80128
Size: 9 x 6.5
Pages: 64
Binding: Softcover
Publication Date: May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9814628-0-6
World Rights: Available

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“The richly sourced and crafted materials speak of the agricultural labor that created the first wave of development in the East San José region, now given way almost entirely to the technology-driven growth of Silicon Valley.”

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Size

9 x 6.5

Pages

64

Binding

Softcover

Publication date

May 2009

ISBN

978-0-9814628-0-6

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Groundwork is an artist intervention located in the entryway rotunda of the San José Public Library’s new Hillview Branch. It includes eight sculptural columns and a frieze of twenty-six paintings that together re-imagine the landscape and labor of San Jose’s agricultural past.  The paintings use abstract geometric forms and intensities of light and color to evoke associations of agricultural labor.

Groundwork offers a new model for recognizing community history through public art. In collaboration with the architects, Trachtenberg created an interior installation grounded in landscape as a non-narrative work that evokes stories of lived experience, and a historical remembrance that provides a locus for an evolving community. Largely Latino since the fruit-growing era, the area now also includes a growing Vietnamese-speaking population, and faces the challenge of articulating a regional history while being sensitive to current change. Like many other communities across the U.S. and throughout the rapidly developing world, local residents are looking for a way to have a sense of place, rooted in the unique history and identity of their home. The richly sourced and crafted materials speak of the agricultural labor that created the first wave of development in the East San José region, now given way almost entirely to the technology-driven growth of Silicon Valley.

The book documents Trachtenberg’s process of engaging with the local community and developing forms and images to cultivate memory and honor the past. This richly illustrated volume includes essays by the artist and writers Rebecca Solnit and Mary Burger.

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SKU: 80128
Size: 9 x 6.5
Pages: 64
Binding: Softcover
Publication Date: May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9814628-0-6
World Rights: Available

Groundwork

“The richly sourced and crafted materials speak of the agricultural labor that created the first wave of development in the East San José region, now given way almost entirely to the technology-driven growth of Silicon Valley.”

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