El Arte es Basura/Art Is Trash – Francisco de Pajaro
Art Is Trash – El Arte Es Basura – Francisco de Pajaro is a warrior, a world renowned street and urban contemporary artist from Barcelona, whose art reflects genuine devotion to mother nature, turning piles of trash into amazing works of art. His hypnotic hand resuscitates the cadavers of hyper consumerism – the trash!
Francisco sees Art Is Trash as the process of re-composing fragments from his life recollections, aesthetically and spontaneously. A sequence that unfolds thanks to the interaction with the audience, that gathers at the time of the installation and inspires and fills Francisco with gratitude. “I like it when people enjoy my art and the surprise and happiness that it gives them”, says Francisco. “Like trash, though, my art on the street is ephemeral and so when someone decides to take a piece from the street into their homes I feel they are somehow misinterpreting the concept behind my art”.
Art is Trash has shared his work on the streets of London, Ireland, Italy, Berlin, Nantes – France, Dubai, Barcelona, New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Bogotá. Francisco work speaks explicitly to the public, denouncing corruption and abuse of power, and also demanding our reaction.
One Beach Plastic
Since 1999 Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been visiting 1000 yards of Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Sea Shore. We have rambled this one remote beach hundreds of times to gather plastic debris washing out of the Pacific Ocean. By carefully collecting and “curating” the bits of plastic, we fashion it into works of art— art that matter-of-factly shows, with minimal artifice, the material as it is. The viewer is often surprised that this colorful stuff is the thermoplastic junk of our throwaway culture. As we have deepened our practice we’ve found, like archeologists, that each bit of what we find opens into a pinpoint look at the whole of human culture. Each bit has a story to tell.
Read stories about what we have found:
About Washed Ashore
The Washed Ashore Project is a non-profit, community-based organization with a mission of educating and creating awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution through art. Washed Ashore is a project of The Artula Institute for Arts & Environmental Education, whose mission is to provide opportunities to express and teach environmental issues through the arts.
Under the leadership of Angela Haseltine Pozzi, community members of all ages work together to clean up our beaches and process the debris into art supplies to construct giant sculptures of the sea life most affected by plastic pollution. This has resulted in thousands of pounds of debris removed from local beaches and turned into works of art. These unique art pieces are part of a traveling exhibition that includes educational signage and programs that encourage reducing, refusing, reusing, repurposing and recycling.
Chris Jordan’s work explores the collective shadow of contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives. Edge-walking the lines between beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible, Jordan’s images confront the enormous power of humanity’s collective will. His works are exhibited and published worldwide.
Together, we can keep plastic out of the ocean! Learn why it’s so important. The Better Bag Challenge is promising to not take any disposable plastic bags for a whole year – take a better bag instead.
Bureo designs and manufactures a unique line of sustainable skateboards. Bureo’s innovative boards are manufactured in Chile through the team’s initiative, ‘Net Positiva’, Chile’s first ever fishnet collection & recycling program. Net Positiva provides fisherman with environmentally sound disposal points, while Bureo receives highly recyclable and durable raw materials. By offering recycled high quality products, Bureo enables ethically conscious consumers to support recycling development and job growth for local inhabitants.
The name ‘Bureo’ comes from the language of the Mapuche, the native Chileans, and means ´the waves’. Selected in honor of the Chilean people, the name represents our mission. Just as a wave originates from a disturbance of wind along the ocean surface, Bureo is starting with a small change in an ocean of plastic. Through time and energy, the waves of Bureo will develop the force required to cause real change.
Hall, Joan (US):
Joan Hall is renowned for being one of the preeminent handmade paper artists in the United States. Her art evokes a wide range of emotions among people looking at her work, and her work is often a beautiful take on a range of cultural and environmental issues. Through the use of paper, metal and glass, Joan is able to express her experiences and thoughts in a unique and beautiful way, while raising awareness toward important issues, such as the deterioration of the world’s seas.
Her work has been featured in many prominent exhibitions, including at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio and the Silkeborg Art Center in Silkeborg Bad, Denmark.
In addition, Joan is available for commissioned work, as she has provided her clients with a plethora of distinct pieces and sculptures that invigorate the room.
Dirty Beach is a Brighton-based collaboration between artists Lou McCurdy and Chloe Hanks. The name is a nod to “saucy” seaside postcards of yesteryear and typifies the humour and satire that characterises much of their work. From initially exhibiting individual works under the name “Dirty Beach”, the artists began develop an installation concept – an immersive, fully-fitted “supermarket” that mimics the visual language of large modern retailers but stocks only plastic items recovered from beaches
The aim of the project is to inspire awareness around marine pollution using humour, irreverence and mimicry to create an installation that is simultaneously provocative and popular, accessible yet surreal. We like to create popular, provocative and witty work that focuses on the social and environmental challenges of plastics and throwaway culture. A keenness to collaborate has given us project partners to work alongside including scientists, farmers, and growers, waste gurus, campaign and community groups and NGOs. The Dirty Beach Facebook page has become a valuable resource on marine plastics as well as a vibrant international community.
Marina Debris: http://washedup.us/
This report for the first time presents and analyzes a wide range of global data at the watershed level, assessing 154 watersheds around the world. The analysis focuses on watershed, as ecological units and on the risks of degradation from human activities, which may undermine their ability to provide ecological services and maintain intact the biodiversity found within them. The analysis is based on 15 global indicators that characterize watersheds according to their value, current condition, and vulnerability to potential degradation. These indicators, presented in more than 150 maps, give a unique global perspective on the largess transboundary watersheds, as well as many smaller basins and sub-basins.
Visit the Watersheds of the World online application. You will find colored buttons that function as a menu to select individual basins by continent. Each continental menu provides access to both, interactive maps and lists of basins per continent through which you can access individual basin profiles. There is also a button for the global indicator maps.Maps of land cover, population density and biodiversity for 154 basins and sub-basins around the world. It lists indicators and variables for each of these basins and, where appropriate, provides links and references to relevant information. It further contains 20 global maps portraying relevant water resources issues.
Dianna Cohen (CEO; Co-founders; Artist). Dianna Cohen is a Los Angeles-based multimedia visual artist, painter and curator. She is best known for her works using recycled plastic bags ranging from small hanging pieces to room-sized installations. In 2007, Cohen expanded into making wearable art pieces using recycled materials. Solo shows include Post, Art Affairs gallery in Amsterdam, the Sutton Gallery in Melbourne, and Frank Pictures in Santa Monica, CA. She has shown in group exhibitions at Affirmation Arts in NYC, the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, the Bronx Museum in NYC and the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida. In 2008 she had work in the exhibition Just How does A Patriot Act at The OCCCA in Orange County and at SPARC in Venice, CA and in the exhibition Recreate in Santa Monica. In 2009, Cohen had solo exhibitions at Elizabeth Budia Gallery, Barcelona, and Art From Scrap in Santa Barbara. In 2010, her work was exhibited in BCN: Nights Gallery in Barcelona, Spain.
Longobardi, Pamela (US): http://driftersproject.net
The DRIFTERS PROJECT, begun by Pam Longobardi in 2006 after encountering the mountainous piles of plastic the ocean was regurgitating on remote Hawaiian beaches, has worked directly through local sponsorship, small grant support and personal expenditure by cleaning beaches and working with communities in Beijing, China (NY Arts Beijing, 2008); in Atlanta, Georgia (New Genre Landscape, 2008); in Nicoya, Costa Rica (Chorotega Sede/Universidad Nacional, 2009); in Samothraki, Greece (EVROS Cultural Association and PAI 2010); in Monaco (Nouveau Museé National de Monaco 2011); in Seward, Alaska and Alaskan Peninsula, Katmai National Park as part of the GYRE Expedition (Alaska SeaLife Center 2011, Anchorage Museum 2013-4 and CDC Museum in Atlanta, 2015); in Kefalonia, Greece (Ionion Center, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) with the 2014 birth of Plastic Free Island, and in Armila, Panama with a collaboration with the women artists of the Guna Yala community there. Longobardi and the Drifters Project was recently featured in National Geographic
Although, I started this collection at the beach, the “Work Gloves” became my first ‘street finds’. I felt this would be a great collection so I worked expeditiously over four months and found about 100 gloves in NYC. Make no mistake, most of these gloves would never end up on the beach. They don’t float. They are in the ocean because once abandoned on the street, they will likely end up in a storm drain washed out into the nearest body of water.
Mandy’s artistic direction has evolved from graphic design to contemporary photography. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including The Photographer’s Gallery, Deimar Noble, The Mall and Cork Street Galleries in London, and the Science & Technology Park, Hong Kong. Mandy’s current photographic projects have been focused on the representation of material debris in the sea and more recently on the mass accumulation of plastic in the world’s oceans. The impact of oceanic plastic is an area Mandy has been committed to for many years and is continuing to pursue through innovative visual interpretation.
Hughes, Andrew (UK):
Andy Hughes grew up in the North of England, born in the mining town of Castleford, West Yorkshire. For his fifteenth birthday his gran bought him a 35mm film camera, soon after he made a small darkroom in the attic and began making photographs in and around the mining areas and villages where he lived. He attended Art College in Wakefield before being awarded a First Class Honours at Cardiff University and then an MA at the Royal College of Art, London.
He was an early and continues to be an active member of Surfers Against Sewage. He moved to Cornwall in 1993 where he worked as the first artist in residence at the Tate Gallery St Ives. His work has been published by Booth-Clibborn, London and Abrams, New York. Various Photographic works are in a number of public and private collections in England and America.