Kelly Jazvac in Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials at the Palmer Museum of Art

Palmer Museum of Art
PennState College of Arts and Architecture

February 13th – June 17th, 2018


The story of plastic is as complex as the polymer chains that make up its unique material properties. Plastic Entanglements brings together sixty works by thirty contemporary artists to explore the environmental, aesthetic, and technological entanglements of our ongoing love affair with this paradoxical, infinitely malleable substance. Both miraculous and malignant, ephemeral yet relentlessly present, plastic infiltrates our global networks, our planet, and even our bodies.

Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art, this major loan exhibition features work by an international roster of emerging and mid-career artists, including Dianna Cohen, Mark Dion, Pamela Longobardi, Marina Zurkow, Zanele Muholi, Vik Muniz, Jessica Stockholder, Chris Jordan, Brian Jungen, Aurora Robson, Willie Cole, Pinar Yoldas, Tejal Shah, Ifeoma U. Anyaejiand Moreshin Allahyari. Visitors will encounter a varied array of artwork, from meticulous drawings, photographs, and video installations to 3D-printed objects and sculptures fabricated from found plastic.

Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials was curated by Joyce Robinson, Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, and Heather Davis. The exhibition will travel to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon (September 22–December 30, 2018); Smith College Museum of Art (February 8–July 28, 2019); and the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison (September 13, 2019–January 5, 2020).

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