Plastic Matter Exhibition

UH Arts are pleased to bring you a digital walk-through of the Plastic Matter Exhibition, in this unique group exhibition, eight artists explore plastic's potential to become something more treasured, look at how hastily we consume and dispose of it, its environmental impact and its future role in society.

Featuring work by Seyi Adelekun, Maria Arceo, Camilla Brendon, Hilary Jack, David Kefford, Steve McPherson, Jill Townsley and Daniel Webb.



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About the Plastic Matter artists

Seyi Adelekun is exhibiting her large-scale installation Plastic Pavilion which is an undulating canopy made of 1,600 recycled plastic bottles, filled with coloured water.

Maria Arceo’s works Neocide and Chromophore invite us to question our perception of the environmental impact of plastic, whilst challenging us towards a more sustainable future. Arceo has also created an interactive element to the exhibition – Plastiqueria UH Waste – and visitors are welcome to contribute to this collective artwork.

Camilla Brendon showcases works from her ongoing project, Coast, which explores oceans and waterways in an attempt to improve ocean literacy and spark dialogue around wider marine issues.

Hilary Jack’s installation Turquoise Bag in a Tree comprises of 90 photographs of images of windblown blue plastic bags stuck on trees – highlighting the presence of plastic in our environment.

David Kefford’s Pocket Sculptures are small assemblages of found objects discarded by humans, providing a sense of improvisation whilst confronting us with the materials we discard.

Steve McPherson presents five intricately assembled works made from found debris from the sea, which symbolise the history of the world up to this point, as contemporary and future archaeology.

Jill Townsley’s time-lapse video documents her installation Spoons – a pyramid-like structure of 9,273 plastic spoons and 3,091 rubber bands. Townsley has also “infested” the Art & Design Gallery with plastic sculptural interventions which draw from her interest in repetition, pattern and structures.

Daniel Webb’s project Everyday Plastic documents all of the plastic waste he generated for one year. The exhibition showcases a short film of Webb’s work as well as a seminal report based on rigorous analysis of his collection.

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