Hazardous Beauty

March 15 – April 24, 2018

Alejandro Durán, "Mar" (Sea) detail, 21" x 28”, archival pigment print mounted to 6mm sintra

Hazardous Beauty features artists Alejandro Durán and Willie Cole as they use their creativity to interpret the environmental problems of plastic pollution and explore the impact from our increasing disposable culture. Through aesthetically beautiful works and educational programming, the viewer reflects on the collision of consumer culture on the natural world. Curated by Ellen Hawley.

Gallery view photograph (detail) courtesy of Alejandro Durán

Willie Cole

Willie Cole, "Re-Birth", 2018, 6’ x 1’6” x 3’. Approx. 1,300 plastic bottles
Willie Cole, "Ascension 2", 2017, 9’ x 14’. Approx. 1,000 plastic bottles
Willie Cole, "Aguaholic", 2015, 15’ x 6’ x 4’. Approx. 3,000 plastic bottles. Photo by Alejandro Durán

Alejandro Durán

Alejandro Durán, "Derrame" (Spill), 2010. Archival Pigment Print, 52 x 40 inches
Alejandro Durán, "Vena" (Vein), 2011 - Present. Vinyl Print and Installation 100 x 77 inch print and variable installation
Alejandro Durán, "Algas" (Algae), 40" x 52”, archival pigment print mounted to 6mm sintra

Thursday, March 15, 6 – 8 pm – Opening Reception, Hazardous Beauty

Saturday, March 17, 2 – 3 pm – Artist Talk: Alejandro Durán and Willie Cole

Friday, March 23, 6 – 7:45 pm – Art Lounge: Extended Gallery Hours prior to Friends Friday Film: A Plastic Ocean

Friday, March 23, 7:45 – 9:30 pm – Friends Friday Film: A Plastic Ocean documentary in the Cole Auditorium

Saturday, April 7, 3 – 4:30 pm – Panel Discussion “Plastic & Microplastics in our Long Island Sound” in the Cole Auditorium

See what books and DVDs are available here at Greenwich Library on the subject of the collision of consumer culture on the natural world:

A Plastic Ocean, 2017 – DVD

Enclosure, by Andy Goldsworthy, 2007 – Book

Life Without Plastic, by Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sindha, 2017 – Book

Inside the Garbage of the World, 2016 – Downloadable Video

The Zero Waste Solution by P.H. Connet, 2013 – Book

Eco-Friendly Crafting With Kids by Kate Lilly, 2012 – Book

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