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From Leave No Plastic Behind, Olympia – #4

May 28, 2009

Ocean of Plastic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Kurzyna (a.k.a. Ruby Reusable) “Ocean of Plastic”

This square is made from crocheted plastic bags that the newpaper is delivered in; I know that I could read the paper on-line, but prefer to cozy up to the print edition, and also reading it first thing in the morning, while still in my pjs, so I don’t go out and purchase it sans bag. During the rainy weather here in the Pacific Northwest, I do appreciate a dry newspaper, even if these bags accumalate way to quickly, I just can not give them up … I do save and reuse and/or recycle them.

The little white plastic thingies were collected over these past 3 months from the cartons of milk and juice that my family and I have consumed. We save the cartons to collect our compostable food wastes (which the City of Olympia picks up curbside now), the cartons are compostable but of course, the plastic lid and liner is not compostable nor recyclable, and so I save them for art projects. 

I have to admit, despite being aware of trying to avoid using plastic, it is overwhelming. I try not feel like a failure for not being able to live a plastic-free lifestyle, but rather reaffirm my commitment to at least attempting to reduce (as well as reusing and recycling). Until manufacturers are forced to take stewardship over their products disposal, we will be awash in oceans of plastic (hence the title of my piece).

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What it’s like to be plastic-free #2

May 26, 2009
Lhisa Reish
Pre-project statement: When I got to the crossroads in 1989, I chose my day job and I really haven’t looked back. I have made some art for friends, and some for money in those 20 years, but…. 
It’s been a long time since a context for me to “make art” has captured my imagination like LNPB has. It’s got Politix! It’s got Social Conscious! It’s got Subversion! It’s not going to cost me cent to make! And it doesn’t have to match ANYONE’s sofa! All that plus it provides a perfect foil to talk to people about what it REALLY means to be “Wasted in the US”. It will be a huge challenge for me to go completely plastic-free and I don’t expect to succeed.In fact I expect to fail. It will be a journey for me and I plan to make up for my shortcomings by pulling as many of my associates along for as much of the ride as they will. 
To that end (see paragraph above!) I intend to make my 12×12(s) into collage made from bits of all the millions of little stickers that I, my friends, family, and co-workers have been saving. From off our fruit rinds, our CD and DVD packages, that hitchhike along with our mail… all the little items that stick and say “NEW” that no one really notices until someone asks them to collect them for an art project about waste reduction.
Post-project statement: It is extremely difficult to not go silly when writing an artist’s statement about pieces you made using sharpies and stickers. My inner 6-year-old
is especially pleased with being trusted to use the exacto knife. But seriously,
I hope you find something here that makes you laugh.I hope something here makes you think. 
Mostly though-I hope you see something here that makes you want to get involved. Take on the plastic-free challenge! It could be your stuff up on these
walls next year! Being part of Episode 5 has been a lot of fun and a lot of work:
I’m very glad the art is out of my head and “on paper” where it belongs. 
As for waste reduction- that, of course, is ongoing. Once you begin to
reduce the unecessary and the convenient, there is still the unavoidable–
and it is there wherein lie the truly difficult changes– the changes we must
make not just as individuals, but as a culture. We are starting that here! 
A big THANKS to LNPB and another to my pals in the Community of Stickerhood.
A tip of the chiquita peel to you all! 

Words from the Episode Artists, before and after the plastic-free challenge~more will be posted as they come in! Come see the art on June 5, 6-8 p.m. at the RE:Vision Gallery at SCRAP, 2915 NE MLK in Portland, Oregon. There will be snacks, great art, a raffle and cutting edge conversation.

Lhisa Reish

Pre-project statement: When I got to the crossroads in 1989, I chose my day job and I really haven’t looked back. I have made some art for friends, and some for money in those 20 years, but…. 

It’s been a long time since a context for me to “make art” has captured my imagination like LNPB has. It’s got Politix! It’s got Social Conscious! It’s got Subversion! It’s not going to cost me cent to make! And it doesn’t have to match ANYONE’s sofa! All that plus it provides a perfect foil to talk to people about what it REALLY means to be “Wasted in the US”. It will be a huge challenge for me to go completely plastic-free and I don’t expect to succeed.In fact I expect to fail. It will be a journey for me and I plan to make up for my shortcomings by pulling as many of my associates along for as much of the ride as they will. 

To that end (see paragraph above!) I intend to make my 12×12(s) into collage made from bits of all the millions of little stickers that I, my friends, family, and co-workers have been saving. From off our fruit rinds, our CD and DVD packages, that hitchhike along with our mail… all the little items that stick and say “NEW” that no one really notices until someone asks them to collect them for an art project about waste reduction.

Post-project statement: It is extremely difficult to not go silly when writing an artist’s statement about pieces you made using sharpies and stickers. My inner 6-year-old is especially pleased with being trusted to use the exacto knife. But seriously,

I hope you find something here that makes you laugh.I hope something here makes you think. 

Mostly though-I hope you see something here that makes you want to get involved. Take on the plastic-free challenge! It could be your stuff up on these walls next year! Being part of Episode 5 has been a lot of fun and a lot of work:

I’m very glad the art is out of my head and “on paper” where it belongs. 

As for waste reduction- that, of course, is ongoing. Once you begin to reduce the unecessary and the convenient, there is still the unavoidable–and it is there wherein lie the truly difficult changes– the changes we must make not just as individuals, but as a culture. We are starting that here! 

A big THANKS to LNPB and another to my pals in the Community of Stickerhood.

A tip of the chiquita peel to you all!

Episode 5 Artist Speaks on Plastic-Free Experience

May 26, 2009

Words from the Episode Artists, before and after the plastic-free challenge~more will be posted as they come in! Come see the art on June 5, 6-8 p.m. at the RE:Vision Gallery at SCRAP, 2915 NE MLK in Portland, Oregon. There will be snacks, great art, a raffle and cutting edge conversation. Here is the Post-Project statement from Laurie Ewing:

Pre-project statement: My background is in the visual arts. I have worked with artists in galleries and frame shops for many years along with making my own art which has included B&W photography of ghost towns and other abandoned placed and more recent mixed media pieces. Deep core beliefs caused me to drastically alter the course of my life by going back to school majoring in Environmental Studies and Sociology. 

As I prepare to graduate I feel certain that I can integrate my past in the arts with a future addressing how civilization affects the environment. As an artist, my most recent work comprises layers of used materials adhered together. Pieces may contain old photos, notes, advertising, string, keys, and many other small treasures. They are often partially concealed, revealing aspects such as texture and shape; often something of a pattern occurs.

Along with graduation I am simultaneously preparing to move to Portland. Though I will miss my Eugene, I am excited for the opportunities that await me in my new home. I have been utilizing the internet to become familiar with the organizations I would like to become involved with. 

This project with LNPB combines just the elements I have described above. Though it will be difficult in terms of the distance, I feel that I can also act as an agent for spreading the message further. The piece or pieces I in envision creating for this project involve plastic bags and my sewing machine. I became aware of the magnitude of waste from plastic bags as well as the alternatives, while writing a proposal for a plan to implement a per bag fee for the city of Eugene as a final paper for a class. Part of my effort over the duration of this art project will be to find out how to take my plan, in the form of a student paper and submit it to the city as a genuine proposal.

Post Project statement: What an incredible journey the last three months of my life have been. For me the LNPB project feels like it has been a miserable failure. Interestingly, that is both what is bad and what is good about it. I realized that given my present lifestyle, as a full-time student and single-parent, I couldn’t reduce my plastic consumption much more than I already had. I asked myself why that was and I came to two separate conclusions. 

The first was simple, I had already been making efforts in that area by using reusable cups and bags, and limiting purchases that include wasteful packaging. The second was more illuminating, that alternatives to plastic containers and packaging are seldom made available. And, further, that there is limited access to bulk items that I could fill my own containers with. How did people get by before plastic packaging? All this reminded me that consumer sovereignty is one of the biggest jokes in capitalism. For each one of us, the choices we make as consumers are limited to the options that have been made available. 

Where I experienced the most success was at cleaning and saving most all the plastic that came through my possession. As a result my experience of plastic packaging is very different than it was before. Keeping it and seeing it accumulate is brilliant! Because I compost, recycle and seldom eat meat, I had almost no trash for the three months of this project. Otherwise stated, almost all the trash my daughter and I produce is non-recyclable plastic packaging. Non-recyclable where? Curbside. We found that we can actually take much of it where it can be recycled at the waste transfer station in Eugene and at another location in Portland. This begs the question why is this not available with home recycling service? 

Creating these little art pieces has been inspiring. My daughter and I sifted through all the materials and had lots of fun exploring the possibilities. The pieces I present here are what I imagined from the beginning; quilt squares of sorts, made from plastic, thread and a few treasures mixed in. It was interesting to use a sewing machine on plastic bags, a very different tactile experience. I chose to use dark red thread throughout the pieces for effect, red as a warning symbol. 

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this project. Thank you LNPB!

Call for Artists – Episode 5 of LNPB!

February 10, 2009

Episode 5 – CALL FOR ARTISTS – Apply here by March 15, 2009

WHO: Artists, Performers, Filmmakers, Groups, Families, Community Leaders and political leaders interested in being active, making art, and creating change from the angle of plastic awareness! Videomakers and Musicians are welcome to contribute a square or offer up talents for a special event. Send your proposals!

WHERE: In Portland, Or, Olympia, WA, or Wherever You Are.

THEME: United

ENTRY FORM: Apply to cheryl.lohrmann@gmail.com  by March 15, 2009. We’ll email you a form.

HOW IT WORKS: The plastic-avoiding & art-creating happens between March and May 2009, with opening events beginning in June 2009. All artists are asked to create a 12 x 12″ piece which may initially be displayed separately, then added as part of a large quilt to travel around the city, country, world! See below for specifications.

All artist participants agree to live plastic-free for the same three-month time period. A plastic-free lifestyle challenges you to refrain from purchasing items that are packaged in any sort of single-use plastic, including: to-go coffee lids, plastic cups or cutlery, water, prepackaged foods, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, dish soap, laundry soap, utensils…

Any plastic accumulated must not be trashed or recycled curbside. During the course of these three months, artists make squares “inspired” by the collected plastics. Poetry, photography? Put it on the square! Paint it, draw on it, sculpt it (two dimensionally). 

Requirements: 

Each 12 x 12 piece must not weigh more than approximately one pound and must have a base of fabric, plastic, or other lightweight material that is approved by us. We’ll be connecting them all together at some point, so weight and attachability are crucial! You may make: more than one; several smaller squares as long as you connect them so they add up to 12×12″; more than one 12×12″ piece!

Please note: LNPB is more than an art opening! Our goal is to offer chances to take part in innovative projects toward plastic independence and all the good stuff that comes with it. Artist-participants are strongly encouraged to participate in these and/or volunteer and community building opportunities. Share what you know, learn what you don’t! Change things!