Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Plastic In Question - an art exhibit

Since 1999 Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang have collected more than two tons of plastic trash from 1000 yards of Kehoe Beach along the Point Reyes National Seashore. They have transformed this debris into engaging works of art that raise awareness of the sheer variety and ubiquity of plastic pollution and its impact on delicate marine ecosystems.

Their work documents the colorful throw-away objects of modern life by bringing them together and inviting the viewer to understand each object's story. Their work helps the viewer to understand the true cost of "cheap" plastic. When plastic is thrown away, does it ever really go away? As viewers of the exhibit, we are forced to position ourselves in the processes that cause these proliferating objects to cast upon every farflung shore of the planet.

This exhibit is a Green Stacks event and may be viewed on the 1st, 4th and 5th floors of the Main Library.

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