Plastic Exploding Inevitable Reef

September 7 – October 3, 2008
Right Window at ATA, 992 Valencia (at 21st Street), San Francisco, CA

Video tape kelp by Christine Wertheim, black plastic jelly-fish by Arlene Mintzer, white plastic tube-worms by Margaret Wertheim, craft-lace corals by Evelyn Hardin.

Photo © Institute For Figuring, by Christine Wertheim

This all-plastic installation is the latest spawn of the IFF’s Crochet Coral Reef project. Curated and designed by Christine Wertheim (the reigning queen of plastic), this psychedelic exhibition features electric-pink Jelly-Yarn “sand” by Kathleen Greco; a clutch of craft-lace anemones adorned with plastic beads by Evelyn Hardin; a grove of “bottle trees” by Nadia Severs and Barbara Wertheim; and a tiny exquisite sea-scape painted on the inside of a take-out food container by Alicia Escott.

In the decades since Warhol created his “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” – the original multimedia component of his now-infamous Factory – the words he strung together have taken on a more sinister edge. In the hands of the IFF and a clutch of our most irrepressible contributors, the name has been morphed to inspire an installation calling attention to the problem of plastic trash  inundating our oceans.

Contributors featured in this exhibition:

Kathleen Greco (pink plastic Jelly-Yarn sand); Evelyn Hardin (craft-lace anemones and white spires); Nadia Severns and Barbara Wertheim (bottle trees); Sarah Simons, Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim (anemones); Arlene Mintzer (black craft-lace jelly-fish); Ildiko Szabo (flourescent corals); Alicia Escott (painted take-out box seascape).

Plastic rubbish anemone tree by Barbara Wertheim, with surrounding sea-creatures by Nadia Severns made from discarded plastic water bottles embellished with crochet flanges.

Photo © For Figuring, by Vincent Dachy.
Detail of plastic crochet coral reef sculpture.
Detail of plastic crochet coral reef sculpture.

Pink JellyYarn sand by Kathleen Greco, video-tape kelp by Christine, white anemones by Margaret. Images by Christine for the Institute For Figuring.

Detail of plastic crochet coral reef sculpture.

Miniature coral-reef painting on plastic take-out food box by Alicia Escott.

Photo © Institute For Figuring by Christine Wertheim