Ocean Plastic Pollution Transforms into Art in Myrtle Beach Exhibit

June 2019

"Can't You Sea? Ocean Plastic ARTifacts" at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is full of thought-provoking pieces 

One of art’s greatest powers is its ability to communicate important issues, from social to political to environmental, in a way that is both loud and unyielding yet beautiful and playful. This summer’s Can’t You Sea? exhibition at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum does just that. The featured pieces work to bring awareness to one of the largest and most immediate issues on our planet today—plastic ocean pollution. Alejandro Duran is one of six artists/activists featured in the exhibition. Duran finds pieces of plastic debris washed up on the Caribbean coast of Mexico and arranges them into colorful, fantastical landscapes he captures through the medium of photography. Other artists with featured works include visual artist Dianna Cohen, 3D impressionist Sayaka Ganz, multimedia artist Aurora Robinson, large-scale assemblage creator Kirkland Smith and Pam Longobardi, who works in a range of media.

Plastic ocean pollution is a problem that kills marine life, spreads toxins and is potentially threatening to human health. Can’t You Sea? Ocean Plastic ARTifacts opens on June 15 and will be on display until September 8.


Photograph courtesy oF the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum