Liminality: Art on the Threshhold

Artist Erica Gangsei works on her site-specific installation, Structure Experiment #2: Retrofit, at the Exploratorium. Gangsei crochets on the beams and trusses of the Palace of Fine Arts.

Photo credit: Sophia Wang
Structure Experiment #2: Retrofit
Erica Gangsei

In order to help visitors physically experience the Palace of Fine Arts' height and architectural singularities, Erica Gangsei crocheted enormous swatches of lace netting around the rafters above the Exploratorium Store. In keeping with her interest in object identity, the lace evolved from one continuous piece of string; though changed into lace, its original identity as a single string remains intact.

About the artist
Erica Gangsei is a sculptor, performer, activist, and fundraiser from Brooklyn, NY. Her large-scale, site-specific installations, performances, and public interventions chart the hidden currents of origin and meaning in the physical world. Her Bay Area venues include: New Langton Arts, Red Ink Studios, the Garage, the de Young Center, the Legion of Honor, the Presidio's Crissy Field Center, and the San Francisco Art Institute's Diego Rivera and Swell Galleries. She received a BFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and currently works as a fundraiser for SFMOMA and California Lawyers for the Arts.

Erica Gangseiís work can be found at