‘Message From The Gyre’ Two Events
(3.4) It’s almost pretty. Yet this is but a small corner of “Plastic Bottles,” Chris Jordan’s monumental image depicting the two million plastic beverage bottles used in the United States every 15 minutes. And this is the least distressing image on view at “Message from the Gyre” opening tonight at Granoff Gallery. Which is not to say you shouldn’t take a good long look.
For more than a decade Chris Jordan has focused his and our attention on the consequences of mass consumerism—photographing mountains of discarded electronics in landfills and, more recently, the decomposing carcasses of Laysan albatross that have died from ingesting plastic. The latter images, exhibited here, present a shocking reality, difficult but important to view. Translating inconceivable statistics — 299 million tons of plastics produced a year; 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean; a million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals killed annually from plastic in our oceans — into intimate images of life and death, Jordan confronts us with the consequences of our lifestyle and calls on us to take action toward change.
Friday, March 3 — Opening reception, 6pm to 7:30pm, Cohen Gallery
Saturday, March 4 — Panel discussion, The Plastic Ocean, 2:45pm, Martinos Auditorium
Panel discussion with photographer Chris Jordan, naturalist Carl Safina, founder of 5Gyres Institute Marcus Eriksen, and artist Pam Longobardi. The panel is part of re|ACT: Symposium on Arts and Environment, organized by the Brown Arts Institutive. Further information on the symposium is here. The symposium is free, but seating is limited. To attend The Plastic Ocean please register for Saturday’s program here.
Saturday, March 18 Looks like the date has been changed to April 8 — Noon, Blackstone Park Shore Clean-up
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street, (directions)