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Fantastic Recycled Plastic with David Edgar

Wed., May 15, 2013 | 7 pm

FREE for all as part of GiveBIG!

David Edgar uses the organic shapes, bright focus-group-approved colors and label graphics of detergent bottles to make fantasy tropical fish, masks, birds, serpents, crabs, and abstract sculptural works. He co-authored Fantastic Recycled Plastic with his wife, Robin Edgar, to demonstrate how anyone can use detergent bottles, yogurt containers, and other plastic packaging to discover their creative potential. The book offers 30 projects to inspire creativity, a history of plastics, facts on plastic recycling, and a gallery of 50 international artists working with recycled plastic.

Art critics and curators alike find Edgar’s new work to be a lighthearted, yet effective social commentary about the precarious state of the environment. Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions at Pittsburgh’s Society of Contemporary Craft says, “Through David Edgar’s work, common materials are given new treatment in ways that are exciting, thought-provoking and accessible.”

Edgar’s award-winning Creatures from the Plastiquarium have been included in over 50 institutional exhibitions across more than 20 states, including a national tour with the Transformation 5 show, a three-year tour of Trashformations East, and they are the signature image in the yearlong Trash Menagerie exhibit at the Peabody Essex in Salem, Massechussetts.

Edgar conducts workshops around the country in universities and art centers. He will conduct an educator’s workshop at the Burke Museum on May 18 in conjunction with the Plastics Unwrapped exhibit. Contact burked@uw.edu for further information and registration. 

For more information about Fantastic Recycled Plastics, go to www.larkbooks.com. To learn more about David Edgar and creatures from the Plastiquarium, go to www.plastiquarium.net.

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