TTOZOI — Genius Loci: From Mold To Art
Museo Italo Americano
Museo Italo Americano presents “TTOZOI — Genius Loci: From Mold To Art,” an innovative in situ exhibit with interventions from nature and the artists, at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. TTOZOI is an ongoing collaboration project between Italian artists Stefano Forgione and Giuseppe Rossi, who are creating on-site art installations at Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Museo exhibit features TTOZOI work created at three locations: The Royal Palace of Caserta‘s Necropoli Sannita, which is more than 4,000 years old; the amphitheater in the archaeological park at Pompeii; and in the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. During the Museo exhibit, the artists plan to create 10 pieces of art at the Fort Point National Historic Site by the Golden Gate Bridge (more details available as the exhibit date approaches).
TTOZOI’s artistic process involves painting jute canvases with organic mixtures of pigments, water, and various flours. The canvases are sealed in cases at the sites for several months, during which time naturally occurring molds proliferate on the canvases and generate patterns and designs along the jute fibers. The artists review what the spores have inscribed on the art and determine when to clean and seal the canvases to preserve the unique natural effects.