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Again and Never Again: Can We Coexist with Ourselves? An installation by Bryant Holsenbeck

Again and Never Again:

Can We Co-exist with Ourselves?

An Installation by Bryant Holsenbeck

Exhibition: September 1 – October 1, 2010

Artist Residency: August 19-31, 2010 

Reception:  Wednesday, September 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m.          Free and open to the public. Artist’s Remarks  at 6 p.m.

Detritus, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Photograph by Bryant Holsenbeck Ó2010

Lake Atitlan in Guatemala is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and at least two active volcanoes. Small Mayan villages circle the lake. Many of the villagers had their homes filled with mud and debris from landslides caused by the Hurricane Agatha. The detritus you see in this photograph came from the flooding of these small villages. Plastic is everywhere all of the time. Seeing all these bits and pieces of broken plastic as in floated in this beautiful lake was an important reminder, of our fragility as humans, and our need to find other solutions to the use of single-use plastic — everywhere, all of the time.”

Bryant Holsenbeck, June 2010

Environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck will be in residence at Guilford College creating a monumental  installation made entirely from recycled materials in the main gallery, Hege Library, from August 19-September 1, 2010. As she works with students and community members, Bryant will discuss her current endeavor to live for one year without using disposable plastic, which she writes about in her blog, The Last Straw: A Reluctant Year without Plastic. Bryant welcomes community participation in her projects. If you would like to assist in the creation of this artwork, please call the gallery (336-316-2438) to schedule an appointment, as she is scheduled to meet with a variety of classes and community groups.

Thanks to Sara’s Salsas of Brown Summit, NC, for contributing number 10 steel cans for the project and for providing delicious, fresh, all natural and locally produced salsas for the opening reception!