Taking the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House exhibition Plastic Fantastic? as a jumping off point, we are looking for artists, designers, and other professionals to share work that relates to plastic. The mix so far includes a plastic manufacturer, plastic surgeon, and environmentalist.
New location: Spalding House
Guests are encouraged to use our free shuttle service from the Honolulu Museum of Art School parking lot, at 1111 Victoria Street, with entrances on Beretania and Young Streets. You can park in the lot for free. Stalls at Spalding House are limited, and street parking is not permitted.
Food: Flyin' Ahi food truck
Drink: Beer bar and water dispensers (bring your water bottle and fill it up!)
Admission: Free. Due to limited seating, reservations are a must. To book a spot, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, put “PechaKucha Plastic” in the subject line.
What to Bring:
• Mat. You'll be sitting on the lawn outside the Spalding House Cafe. Some mats will be provided. Bring your own for a guaranteed seat!
• Water bottle—we want our events to have as small a waste footprint as possible, so bring your own water bottle if you can. There will be two water dispensers.
Speakers (in presenting order)
Kahi Pacarro – Bailing the Bathtub
Finding himself standing on the banks of polluted Manila Bay, Philippines, Kahi found himself taking a 180 life direction. Having a successful career in real estate development (a large contributor to pollution), he made the choice to sacrifice the successful monetary career for a successful career that would help preserve Hawaii and the world’s future generations and most importantly his progeny. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii provides experiences that are focused on awakening volunteers that items being removed off our coastlines are the same items many of us use daily. Stepping back from the assumption that beach clean ups is all there is to do, Kahi works with volunteers to share the true solution of stopping the debris from being created in the first place. Clean beaches start far away from the beach, so lets’s focus on the source.
Jan Dickey + Jaimey Hamilton Farris – Artistic Encounters with Plastiglomerate, Derelict Fishing Gear, and other Pacific Plastic Flotsam
Jan Dickey, UHM MFA candidate, and Jaimey Hamilton Faris, UHM Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Critical Theory, will talk about how art engages with the environmental impact of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean. They will introduce the work of three artists: Kelly Jazvac’s “readymade” plastiglomerate (a newly designated geologic formation of sand, coral, and plastic); Maika’i Tubbs’ attempts to replicate platiglomerate’s geology; and Mary Babcock’s weavings of plastic fishing line found on the shores of the Hawaiian Islands.
Howard Wiig – Plastics, Plastics Everywhere and Not a Cop to Shrink
Howard Wiig collaborated with NOAA, the US Coast Guard, Schnitzer Steel, H-Power and other volunteers to cut drift nets from the reefs of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to be processed to generate electricity for hundreds of homes. The program was later duplicated in Oregon and Massachusetts, Wiig and the team was later awarded “The Top 50 most innovative projects” by Harvards Kennedy School of Business. In addition to his work in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Howard will be sharing about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” stretching between Hawaii and Seattle. Along with the effect that debris has on local Laysan Albatross and Hawaiian Monk Seals population.
Julia Cornell – See Art, Make Art: Plastic Fantastic?
Making art daily as a teaching artist at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Julia Cornell shares and engages in activities that reflect the same materials, techniques, and concepts that the children encounter within the gallery. Her presentation will include a brief summary as well as examples of children’s experiences at the current Plastic Fantastic? exhibition at Spalding House.
Corinna Bailey – Built to Form
An overview of how recycled resins (plastics) are used in today’s architectural designs as an aesthetic and functional alternative to more traditional materials such as wood, metals, and glass. We will see examples of various recycled polymers being utilized to remedy key design issues of today: daylighting, reusable materials, energy efficiency, and project economics.
Rob McConnell – Plastic Printing
Plastic printing is a relief printing technique that uses LEGOs to create an easy, modular printing system. As a Graphic Design Professor at Brigham Young University Hawaii, he is interested in exploring all the possible learning experiences that this technique allows. This presentation covers how he came upon the idea and some of the plastic printing work that we have produced in the past year.
Dr. Guido Lozada – PLASTIKOS
Dr. Lozada, a plastic surgeon from Peru, shares his presentation ‘Plastikos’ (the origin of the word plastic–to mold or shape), highlighting the materials used in medical supplies, equipment, lasers and other surgical materials that are essential to the practice of medicine.
Kathleen Crabill – Nurdle in the Rough
Kat Crabill is an ocean lover who grew up on the Big Island. She went on to receive a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a concentration in metalsmithing. Bringing her skills and desire for healthy oceans back to Hawaii, she started a business called Nurdle in the Rough Jewelry. Tonight she will be talking about how she started transforming ocean plastic into conversation starting gems.
Eric Johnson – The Story of the Story of Water in Hawaii
Honolulu Theatre for Youth Artistic Director, Eric Johnson leads a journey through the process of creating an original theatrical production in collaboration with artists, activists and multiple community partners. H2O: THE STORY OF WATER IN HAWAII performed for over 20,000 students, teachers and families on Oahu this Spring and will tour to five Neighbor Islands this Fall.
Shannon McCarthy – Art In The Anthropocene
This presentation will explore one artists response to living in the Anthropocene, or the first proposed epoch where human activities have begun to have a significant global impact on the planet’s ecosystems and geology. Artist Shannon McCarthy will describe the use of ocean plastics and marine debris in her art, how this material is affecting the planet, and how to inspire others to use art as a communication tool for environmental and social sustainability and solution.