Plastic People was a non-commercial group exhibition I curated and organized, held from April 19th – May 2nd, 2013 at the Gallery on 47th in Yellowknife, NWT. This was a follow-up to the New Minds, New Media exhibition held in 2012, featuring a variety of mediums from photography to felts to mixed media and 3D printed plastic.
“Plastic is a ubiquitous material that has found a place in every nation and culture. In essence we as modern humans have become the ‘Plastic People.’ From it’s source as a synthetic derived from petrochemicals, we can examine the benefits, the detriments, the creative applications and the final resting places that plastic finds itself.”
For this exhibition, I painted a Sperm Whale on a transparent plastic tarp, related to an article I read about a whale who choked to death on 17kg of plastic.
I created an enclosed room with black liners / garbage bags and a black light, representing the inside of a trash bag. In the centre of the room was a humanoid sculpture using recycled materials.
I also created an alternative Yellowknife currency made out of acetate and 3D printed plastic called YKredit. The currency was a medium for trade, offered to small businesses and individuals in the community, backed by a Community Forge website. This was a limited time social experiment to discuss the nature of money, monetary security and to encourage local trade and barter.
We also hosted a Coffee House evening in association with the Ecology North Earth Week 2013