Eight million tonnes of plastic enters our ocean every year. There is 500 times more microplastic in the sea than there are stars in our galaxy, and by 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish. With only nine percent of the world’s plastic recycled, artists are developing ways to rethink the plastic problem. Plasticology, opening on Thursday, 12 March 2020, features creative approaches to the recycling of plastics by artists Leeroy New (Philippines), Yufang Chi (Taiwan/Australia), Eko Nugroho (Indonesia), and Angela Yuen (Hong Kong).
One of Indonesia’s most respected contemporary artists, Eko Nugroho’s work has been exhibited and collected all over the world. He makes art for and of the people, based in the street and on his own experiences, using humour and irony to respond to social and environmental concerns. He works across many mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, performance, and street art and often adapts ideas from science fiction, comic books and other forms of popular culture merged with traditional Indonesian artforms. Look out for Nugroho’s bold graphics and hybrid-aliens or part-man part-machine figures, with faces concealed by masks, helmets, or machine parts, seeming never to reveal their true selves. Who will you see looking back at you?
When hit exhibition Mulyana: A Man, A Monster and the Sea transformed The Goods Shed into a colourful underwater wonderland last year, more than 30,000 people visited the Claremont cultural hub. Now, FORM is continuing to explore themes around the ocean in an artistic exchange with Western Australia’s regional neighbours.