Colorado Crush Street Art Festival - RiNo Art District
My work, "Specific Gravity," was installed on the wall of the Hinterland Art Gallery building, which has been slated for demolition later this year. The work shows a bird and three angel fish in the chaotic moment when their bodies have become connected by disintegrating plastic bags.
To the right of this work I wrote "What you throw away does not just go away. Imagine a better future."
I found the installation itself brought the work to its full poignancy. First, the image will aptly disintegrate over time, before being demolished completely by bulldozers. Second, bits of plastic and trash already littered the street where it was installed, AND it was applied with ten bottles of diluted Elmer's glue that dripped onto the street below. I always implicate myself in my work, taking no moral high ground. (However, I strongly advocate and practice the reduction of consumption, recycling, and reusing.)
Furthermore, the piece is part of a collaborative dialog with Seattle-based artist, Christopher Jordan. His photograph, "Midway," is installed to the right of my work. His image has become the iconic smoking gun for the human-created plastic pollution that has inundated our oceans. In the un-altered stomach of a deceased baby Laysan albatross (thousands of miles from any major human influence) is a barrage of jagged, intact, recognizable everyday disposable plastic items. Jordan's treatment of this animal is one of tenderness and reverence-- a portrait of not just one animal, but all species.
A Quote, by Alfred Russel Wallace
"I thought of the long ages of the past, during which generations of these successive beauties had run their course...year by year, being born, living, and dying..among these dark, gloomy woods.
It seems sad that, on the one hand, such exquisite creatures should live out their lives and exhibit their charms only in these wild, inhospitable regions.
This consideration must surely tell us that all living things were not made of man.
Many of them have no relation to him.
Their happiness and enjoyment,
their loves and hates,
their struggles for existence,
their vigorous life and early death
would seem to be related to their own well being
and perpetuation alone."
-Alfred Russel Wallace, British Naturalist, Explorer, Geographer, Anthropologist, and Biologist. 1823-1913.