- 6:00 PM
Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents a new exhibition opening on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with an artist talk beginning at 6:30 PM. In the upstairs 1878 Gallery, Calder Kamin creates sculptures of animals made from plastic bags in an effort to call attention the proliferation of this material in our environment for the exhibition Plastic Planet. The exhibition includes hands-on activities and workshops in Kamin’s NeoCortex Classroom, providing visitors an opportunity to better understand problems facing our planet. This exhibition will remain on view through May 28, 2017.
Like the scavenger animals Calder Kamin sculpts, she collects a variety of colored plastic bags from her friends and family. Kamin strips and twists the bags into textures like fur or grass to create the work in her exhibition Plastic Planet. This same plastic litters road, fills oceans, and has entered the tissue of all living things. Her work poses the question, “What are the steps to solve this crisis?” I addition to the exhibition, Kamin’s Neocortex Classroom provides visitors an opportunity to absorb the problems of our planet, such as pollution and extinction caused by humans. Through hands-on activities and events, Kamin is motivated to inspire her audience make better choices for the environment. Kamin’s art sparks activism and an opportunity to participate in the greater good by transforming materials and her audiences.
About the artist:
Calder Kamin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. Kamin was the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Truck Artist for the 2013-2014 school year and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 102 national artists to be selected for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s exhibition “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”. Kamin was a mentor for the Teen Artist + Mentor Program in 2015 and is a 2017 Crit Group fellow at Contemporary Austin. She has returned home to Austin, Texas. Her solo exhibition Plastic Planet at Women & Their Work was supported by a Mid-America Arts Alliance 2017 Artistic Innovations Grant. Her next project is to animate her Plastic Planet series for a PSA that will debut on KLRU with project funds from The Awesome Foundation. Kamin is featured in the series Arts In Context set to air on PBS in the fall of 2017.
The galleries and the ArtWorks Museum Store are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 PM. Admission is free at all times.
GAC is the organizer of ArtWalk, which takes place every six weeks in downtown Galveston. The ArtWalk brochure, which lists participating venues, hours, information and map can be downloaded at www.galvestonartscenter.org.