Week 7: Extra Credit Follow Through

This was a really intriguing collection of art that three women put together to make an impact of the amount of trash and just stuff that we have that accumulates over time.  She made me realize that we are surrounded by “stuff” and objects and belongings that we take everywhere and need to be around us even if we don’t really use it at all.  They showed us how we are consumed by our own stuff, hence the title of the works, Consumed.  These art pieces in this collection was designed to focus on the plastic and waste and accumulation of it and how we aren’t taking on the issue of being more resourceful and/or focusing on sustainability.  We can’t sustain the way we are living right now, the biggest export of the U.S. is garbage!  This was incorporated into Jedediah Caesar’s work of two pyramids of cut outs of the geobeds outside of Blythe, CA showing plastic and other trash embedded in them where people dump trash:

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What’s surprising is that now landfills are filled with plastic lining to prevent from trash leaching into the environment but now we are encasing the trash and this is captured in the above pieces.  We are leaving a geological record left by plastics.

Gabriel Kuri was the artist behind the giant Superama receipt.  By this he was trying to show the significance of what we toss in the trash all the time without even looking actually can monumentalize different transactions and can show different lifestyles are the world.  He showed how he could outsource his own work value by structural changes, creating a paradox and how one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

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China Adams has gone through the experience of giving up a lot of her stuff and wrapping it up and sewing it together to give to the art world.  She had a hard time giving up the golden watch that her grandmother gave her but then again she never wore it.  So she was brave enough to give up a lot of her stuff so she could help “free” herself of the weight and stress of having so many things.  I really appreciated the light this piece gave me of how having fewer stuff could make life more easier than having it accumulate just because of sentimental reason.

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This exhibition was very powerful with giving light to the impact humans are doing to the Earth and showing this impact by a means of art collections; it contributes to offering “an opportunity to connect with our activities on a tangible level.”

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