I have been working with polyethylene or plastic sheeting for a while now, but it was just the other day that I decided to see what other artists are doing with it. Naturally, I turned to Google. I came across this slideshow about public art by the New York Times. I’ve been familiar with Tara Donovan’s work for some time and love what she does. I value her use of simple materials and admire how she turns them into graceful and dynamic works. This is the first I’ve seen of this installation.
I love how the sheets roll, fold and shift on themselves in layers. It’s cellular and somehow reminiscent of gentle waves or sedimentary rock.
I also came across this work on plastic sheeting by artist Ben Garthus:
Plastic sheeting has been gratifying to work with for me. Since the bulk of what I have has already had a life, I appreciate the subtle variations on the surface of it from the dirt and plant material. I’m looking forward to seeing which way it pulls me next.