An environmentally themed art exhibition featuring the work of Holly Mackay and Judith Selby Lang.
When: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Art From Scrap, 302 E. Cota St. , Santa Barbara
Age limit: All ages
Categories: Art (opening)
Plastic Planet highlights art made from plastic marine debris and will help you re-think the way you view this ubiquitous substance.
Mackay and Selby Lang create art out of found plastic objects. Mackay explains, “In the winter of '98 I began collecting plastic from the beach. The rules were I had to collect everything unnatural that I saw, except cigarette butts... Then with this giant pile of colorful detritus I'd start to make these sculptures. It is an extremely satisfying process. These pieces are made from 100% found beach plastic.”
Since 1999 Judith Selby Lang and her husband Richard have been visiting 1,000 yards of Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Sea Shore in Northern California where they gather plastic marine debris that travels from as far away as Japan and Korea. The amount of plastic they find is astonishing, in one year, they collected 4,000 pounds.
Selby Lang says, “By carefully collecting and "curating" the bits of plastic, we fashion it into works of art— art that matter-of-factly shows, with minimal artifice, the material as it is.”
Selby Lang’s work with her husband was the subject of a short film One Beach Plastic and has been featured on NPR and The Today Show. For Plastic Planet, Selby Lang will be showing her photographs of found plastic debris.
Both artists are concerned about the large amount of plastic that is rapidly filling our oceans.
Plastic Planet opens on Friday, January 18th and will be at the AFS Gallery until February 23rd.
Event posted Jan. 4, 2013
Last updated Jan. 4, 2013