Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Garbage in the Gallery

Our little town Art Gallery hosts a fresh exhibition around once a month. I always make a point of going to see what the curator has chosen to display. I don't always like what I see, but it's always interesting. There's usually a "meet the artist" night, but I seem to have missed them recently.

This wall of recycled plastic blister packs by Toronto area artist Katherine Harvey caught my eye immediately. Totally built with plastic packaging, all colour coded. She must have had her whole family and all her friends saving packaging for her. A great way to use a tiny amount of that excessive non-biodegradable waste that we create.... far too much of it going into landfill.


 A detail of part of the art installation. Layer upon layer of non-recyleable plastic. Basically known as garbage. I admit I'm as guilty as anyone for throwing this stuff into my waste bin. It's hard to buy anything that isn't shrouded in layers of plastic.


This artist is known for her large installations built from plastic water bottles, packaging fishing line, clamshell packs.

14 comments:

Revrunner said...

No limit to materials. :-)

Elephant's Child said...

How I wish she had to scratch for her materials. Sadly they are probably getting more plentiful every year.

sousca said...

An interesting form of recycling, but as an art form it does little for me.
However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

"Beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them."
David Hume

Sheila said...

Different.
It just shows that inspiration can come from the strangest places!

Tomoko said...

I admire that creativity!Worth visiting for sure!
Have a good day,Shammic.

Maggie May said...

It looks really colourful the further back you view it.
I think it is really good to be inspired by rubbish! As long as it is all recycled when its finished with!!!!!!!
Maggie x

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I must admit I'm pretty fascinated by the workings of the artistic mind also S, this is an amazing piece here, very inventive.. we certainly don't have a shortage of waste materials unfortunately.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

P.s.the Carillion bells would have been there in 2003 but they only tuned up again in 2013 such a shame you missed them, you'll have to come back :)

Rock Chef said...

Oh, I thought this would be about the installation that looked like the mess after a party - so the cleaner cleaned it up!

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the colour groupings of this, I must admit. I'm pretty sure I'd like it in the distance better than close up. ;)

Lowell said...

I would hope that after going to all the trouble to collect these and put together this exhibition it would have some impact on the use of plastics, but, unfortunately, probably not. It's colorful, for sure.

I'm posting at http://www.landlfotos.com/blog and would love to have you come and visit.

Marie Pretty Smith said...

I love the colour blocking. You don't think of colour when you are throwing out garbage. The artist sees beauty in the obscure. Love it.

Ginnie said...

I think anything can be made into art that causes oooohs and aaaahs by many discerning artists, Sham...or at least so it seems. Thankfully, we have lots of recycling here in the Netherlands, including plastic, so we faithfully pitch all things plastic into our big plastic bag and then walk it down the street to the plastics bin. It does make us both feel a lot better! :)

madretz said...

I really love the statement this makes. Too much goes into our landfills. But she did a great job turning trash into a treasure. Hopefully it'll inspire people to understand just how much non-recyclable plastics we use. I'm guilty as charged.