|Monteleone's conceptual art "What goes around, comes around"|
Much of our U.S. populous is in landlocked areas and do not associate themselves with the problem of plastic ocean debris. Why would they when they are 100s of miles away from the ocean's edge? But some people in these regions are making the connection that all rivers lead to oceans and that their plastics end up there from runoff. They understand that we are all contributing to the problem and is why this art show has been invited inland. Last month, the POP's art show was at Guilford CollegeGreensboro, NC. Currently, it is in landlocked Cortland, NY where people from Central NY will have the opportunity to see the plastics that were plucked from the open-ocean and from remote ocean islands thousands of miles away from the mainland. The exhibit opened 4.4.13 with an open reception at 9 Main Street, Cortland NY at 7pm. Bonnie Monteleone will share her experiences and findings through art. And next month it will be at 901 Pollock Street Gallery, New Bern on display with "The Gathering." Our goal is to have it on exhibit at various locations across the U.S. until it reaches California. (Anyone interested in having the display in their area can contact Bonnie Monteleone at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
|Wiggs and Jane Horner|
|Jane Horner with bottle installation|
Another good example of people connecting people is in New Bern - fabulous river town in North Carolina. What started in Blake Wiggs' high school environmental class making art out of plastic bottles spread like gossip to the rest of the community. The conceptual art, fittingly titled "The Gathering" is in collaboration with artist Jane Horner. It consists of 1,500 beverage bottles to represent the number of beverage bottles used every SECOND in the US. The group started meeting on Saturdays in order to finish this project by May 11th for the community Artwalk Festival. Parents, who were dropping off there children began bringing their scissors, then more and more people from the community showed up to help. It is a microcosm of the dialog spreading globally about plastic pollution and through art, much like Picasso's art against war - The Banality of Evil, it speaks volumes without saying a word.
|Slat's Array prototype|