This year, the Boston Sea Rovers Art Exhibit will showcase the impact plastic is having on our marine world. We are lucky to feature the work of two amazing marine debris artists, Pam Longobardi and Evelyn Rydz, who have both exhibited across the US and the world.
When plastic enters the ocean, it may start out as a water bottle, plastic toy, plastic bag or balloon or many other surprising things. It may end up on a beach as a large piece of plastic or it may break down over time into tiny microscopic pieces.
This exhibit will take us from larger plastics to smaller micro plastics that are now found on the beaches and in the oceans around the world. Marine plastics have even made their way into the food chain, causing issues for many marine animals and birds and even into human food sources.
Pam Longobardi is back at Boston Sea Rovers with more examples of her marine debris “found” art. From her large nets which turn debris into art, to her photography of plastic items, you will be astounded as to what items she has collected on beaches after they washed ashore.
Over the last decade, Boston based artist Evelyn Rydz has focused her work on contemporary coastlines and ways our everyday lives impact are impacted by changing oceans. Exploring perceptions of scale, her work draws connections between everyday actions and lasting impacts, fleeting and geologic time, unstable and fixed conditions.
More about Pam:
Pam Longobardi has had over 40 solo exhibitions and 65 group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the US, China, Italy, Spain, Finland, Poland, Japan and elsewhere. Her artworks are in numerous collections, including commissions for Benziger Winery, the Hyatt Corporation, the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Facility and First Tennessee Bank, Memphis. In 2005 Longobardi was named recipient of Georgia State University’s Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, where she is Professor of Art.
She created the Drifters Project in 2006, addressing global plastic pollution and the changing ocean. Working solo or with communities, she has made scores of interventions, cleaning beaches of plastic all over the world, removing thousands of pounds of material from the natural environment and re-situating it within the cultural context. This work was shown in Venice (Italy), Atlanta (Georgia), Nicoya (Costa Rica), Samothraki (Greece), Lecce (Italy). Exhibitions included Voyages on an Uncanny Sea at Gallery Diet in Miami; Oceanomania at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, a large scale project curated by Mark Dion, Sarina Basta and Cristiano Raimondi; and at the Ionion Center in Kefalonia, Greece. In 2012 she had a project addressing plastic and oil at SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin in May, and a major expedition sponsored by the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska SeaLife Center taking artists and scientists along Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands. She also participated in the Boston Sea Rovers Art exhibit in 2012. More at: www.pamlongobardi.com
More about Evelyn:
Evelyn Rydz received an MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and a BFA from Florida State University. A selection of recent and upcoming exhibitions include Plastic Entanglements at the Palmer Art Museum, Penn State University, Forever Yours, a solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Floating Artifacts, a solo exhibition at Aidekman, Tufts University Art Gallery; GYRE: The Plastic Ocean, a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition at the Anchorage Museum, Alaska, USC Fisher Museum, L.A., and CDC Museum, Atlanta; the Foster Prize Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the DeCordova Annual at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park; To Extremes: Public Art in a Changing World at Maseeh Hall, MIT, Cambridge; The Pencil of Nature at Julie Saul Gallery, NY; El Parque Cultural del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia; and Drawing Itself at Brattleboro Museum, Vermont.
Rydz is the recipient of a Brother Thomas Fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Drawing Fellowship, an SMFA Traveling Fellowship, an Artist Resource Trust Grant, and a Bruce Dayton Faculty Fellowship. Her work is part of numerous collections including the Federal Reserve Bank, Barr Foundation, Fidelity Investments, Fitchburg Art Museum, and DeCordova Museum of Art. Rydz has led community art projects as visiting artist at the MFA, Boston; the ICA, Boston; and MOCA, North Miami. She is currently an Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. More at: www.evelynrydz.com