As she had never been in the gallery until this week, when she arrived to install her art, she designed her exhibition with only a floor plan and site photos.
On one wall, she projects part of a film she made of a Norwegian forest; she became interested in film during a residency program in Argentina.
The primary element of Troncoso’s show features a tree growing out of a stark white wall, made of bright green kitchen sponges that were sliced and sculpted into vines, branches and leaves.
Troncoso and her friends raided Bay Area stores to find all the sponges she would need.
The holey sponge pieces create a lissome effect on the wall, especially when light plays through them, adding shadowy elements.
She calls the piece “Tree of Life (Antimicrobial).”
WHAT: “Ground Us”
WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Opens Friday and runs through Aug. 31; opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St.
COST: Free admission
INFORMATION: (714) 374-1650 or surfcity-hb.org
CANDICE BAKER may be reached at (949) 494-5480 or at email@example.com.