Halsey Institute presents Sea Change exhibit

On Oct. 20, “Sea Change,” an exhibit co-presented by the Halsey Institute and the South Carolina Aquarium, opened to the public at The College of Charleston.  The exhibit occupies two galleries at the institute and features the work of artists Aurora Robson, a Brooklyn based sculptor and Chris Jordan, a Seattle based multi-media artist.The Halsey said the exhibit is meant to “engage Charleston and the Low country in actively recognizing and mitigating our enormous plastic waste problem.”  

Robson’s project “The Tide is High” is a hanging gallery sized sculpture which gallery-goers can walk or sit under. The sculpture is constructed out of shaped plastic bottles and traffic barrels. The sculpture also has LEDs highlighting certain segments, creating a warm orange, under-the-sea environment.

Aurora Robson’s “The Tide is High” sculpture located in the Sea Change exhibit. Photo by Alec Abraham

Jordan’s “Midway” is a series of photographs and one painting which contribute to the exhibits theme. Jordan’s work features a series of photographs of Albatross, a bird native to Midway Atoll whose population has been severely affected by plastic waste. His work also includes among other photographic series, a remastering of Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” composed entirely of miniature plastic bags.  

Chris Jordan’s remake of Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.” This work is apart of Jordan’s “Midway” series. Photo By Alec Abraham

The exhibit heavily includes plastic waste and its environmental effects as a callout to engage the community to reduce plastic use. Many localities have already banned or taxed plastic grocery bags. The City of Charleston is currently assessing its options to reduce plastic use. The exhibit will remain on display until Nov. 9. 

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