Mark Kimber exhibits new tintypes at GAGPROJECTS.
There are now 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic in our oceans. Every day 8 million pieces of plastic make their way into our oceans. The Proust quote, “Perhaps the only real paradise is a lost paradise,” serves as a fitting reflection on this work that employs the tintype process to comment on the rapid proliferation of plastic in our modern world. The work employs the slow and meticulous tintype process to depict the beauty of natural environments to offset what has been devastated by the pollution from the rapid growth of waste from one-use plastic. The tintype is a 150-year old process that produces a photograph made on aluminium plates, each image being unique.
With barely five percent being recycled, the proliferation of plastic’s damage to our environment grows daily. With plastic waste found even in our bloodstream our practical engagement with plastic might be fleeting but its existence continues in perpetuity. I am very interested in the de-familiarisation of the everyday, to impose a reimagining beyond its practical use.
Opening Event: Wednesday 6th December, 6 – 8pm.
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