Debris

Currently on view at P.P.O.W Gallery in New York is the three-person exhibition, Debris, which features the work of Sarah Frost, Portia Munson and Aurora Robson. For Debris, each artist has contributed a large scale installation, constructed of discarded plastic refuse and fashioned into a thing of visual interest, a bastion of beauty. The overarching dialog surrounds the issue of sustainability and the negative impacts that such waste has on the environment, but each piece manifests the message—and the material of plastic—uniquely.

Portia Munson’s Pink Project: Mound is reconstructed for the first time since its inaugural viewing in the 1994 New Museum exhibition, Bad Girls, where as P.P.O.W notes, the piece was originally reviewed almost entirely as a treatise on feminism rather than the environment.” It is constructed of an overwhelming, well curated collection of pinkparaphernalia—found objects ranging from women’s wigs and combs to toys and pacifiers—laid out neatly on a tabletop. Her 2009 piece, Green Piece: Sarcophagus, has a sort of Damien Hirst-esque quality, an embalming of monochromatic objects (this time, green) in a see-through tank. Sarah Frost’s QWERTY is made up of 60,000 discarded computer keys, and Aurora Robson’s Belch combines discarded plastic bottles with other found objects to create an enormous wet-looking puff of slick black waste.

Portia Munson, Green Piece: Sarcophagus (2009) salvaged green plastic, tempered glass and recycled wood

Portia Munson’s work has been exhibited widely, including at White Columns, New York and Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland. She earned her MFA at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Sarah Frost is included in the 2010 Great Rivers Biennial at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO. She earned her MFA at Southern Illinois University. Aurora Robson has exhibited widely, including at the Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles and Project 4 Gallery, Washington, DC. She earned her BA at Columbia University, New York.

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