FOUND

Exhibition
Foundling Museum
27th May – 4th September 2016

Curated by Cornelia Parker

Artists include:

Ron Arad, Fionna Banner, Phyllida Barlow, Jarvis Cocker, Keith Coventry, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Edmund de Waal, Brian Eno, Ryan Gardner, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Heatherwick, Michael Landy, Christian Marclay, Jeff McMillan, David Nash, Mike Nelson, Humphrey Ocean, Mike Perry, Laure Prouvost, Fiona Rae, David Shrigley, Bob and Roberta Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gavin Turk, Mark Wallinger, Marina Warner, Gillian Wearing, Richard Wentworth, Rachel Whiteread, Bill Woodrow, Rose Wylie, Silvia Ziranec and more.

Mike Perry – Môr Plastig

Môr Plastig, Welsh for ‘Plastic Sea’, captures the impact of both plastic objects upon the living world, and the erosive power of nature.

For Found, Perry has chosen three grid-like objects, probably the remains of crates or packaging, found along the west coast of Wales where he lives and works. While he is concerned with the environmental impacts of all this sea plastic, he’s also interested in the new forms emerging from nature’s erosion of this ubiquitous material. In this case, the grid, once thought of as ‘anti organic’ and solely a product of urban life, is now emerging washed up in the ‘natural’ environment.

Shooting each piece forensically, straight on to camera and at their actual size, Perry uses flat neutral light to give a sense of objectivity to the viewing process. The ambiguity between the calm aesthetic and underlying narrative creates a tension which Perry uses to make us think about the materiality of these objects and what we are leaving behind for future generations. They are in a sense both aesthetic abstractions and at the same time documents of toxic pollution.

Perry describes these highly detailed photographs as ‘micro landscapes’. But Landscapes that document both man’s impact on nature and nature’s impact on the man made. When Geologists look back at this epoch in a thousand years from now they will probably refer to it as the ‘Age of Plastic’.

Works exhibited:

Pink Grid, Môr Plastig, Freshwater West Beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales 2016
Digital print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Paper 560 mm x 510 mm

Warped Grid, Môr Plastig, Traeth Llyfn Beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales 2016
Digital print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Paper 530 mm x 430 mm

White Grid, Môr Plastig, Freshwater West Beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales 2016
Digital print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Paper 560 mm x 510 mm

For more information visit Found at The Foundling Museum

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