SILICON VALLEY HILLTROMPER: The Plastic Paralysis art show will feature work by Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz artists that highlights the rise of plastics in our oceans.
by Hannah Moore
June 9, 2015—An eco-themed month at Studio Bongiorno is close-approaching. The series of environmentally-focused events will kick off June 12 with the Plastic Paralysis art show.
Hosted by artist and art curator Robin Lysne, the event will debut artwork inspired by the environmental harm caused by the Great Pacific Gyre, a collection of litter in the North Pacific Ocean.
The art will be on display at the Santa Clara gallery through July 11.
According to Lysne, artists are increasingly bringing this issue out through their work.
“I was really surprised at how many artists are using plastics in their artwork (partially) to raise awareness (of plastic dangers). It’s a new phase of art,” she said, adding that she learned that many such artists get their material off of the beach.
“We need to speak to nature,” she said. “We need to figure out how we can work in more compatibility with nature and ask ourselves why we’re doing this to our ocean.”
The Great Pacific Gyre, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, was discovered in 1997 by Captain Charles Moore. The marine debris cluster is two times the size of Texas and is surrounded by four currents that move clockwise around a 7.7 million square-mile area.
The currents move the trash to a central point in the ocean, where the garbage becomes trapped. That center is still, but the moving currents surrounding it makes access to the Gyre difficult. The Gyre endangers fish and wildlife as well as the ocean.
She said she hopes the show will inspire people and raise questions about alternatives and our culture.