Holes filled with shingle, painted with beetroot juice mix (one large jar, pickled couple of years ago, since gone a bit weird) . Duration 29.03.09 – 30.03.04 The octagonal grid of sea defences on Shoreham beach brought to mind the pixels of early videogames. A retro ’80s classic re-born. Compared to levels in MCS Beachwatch 1994, the average density of litter ‘invading’ our beaches from in-shore and off-shore has risen by over 110%. Hopefully it’s not ‘game over’.
Chloe Hanks A.K.A. ‘Hanksy’
Graphic designer www.node.uk.com
Founder of Plastic Bag Free Brighton www.plasticbagfreebrighton.co.uk
A thought provoking exhibition that highlights the terrifying costs of human waste to the marine environment.
Graphic designer Chloe Hanks (a.k.a. Hanksy), who set up Plastic Bag Free Brighton, and award-winning artist Lou McCurdy, renowned for her ground breaking project “More Plastic than Plankton” brought an exciting and innovative show to this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival in a brand new venue.
Lou re-invents plastic rubbish found on Brighton beaches and makes big,colourful panels. They are cross sections of the sea demonstrating the permanence of plastic and how much it is embedded.
This is powerfully contrasted by Chloe’s eco-graffiti and the transient nature of her 100% bio-degradable work. The eco-graffiti takes its cue from protest slogans, spray-painted graffiti, popular culture and humorous daubings written in the dirt on white vans. Often site, weather and tide specific, the work sometimes exists for only a matter of hours, before disappearing without a trace. The only permanent evidence of the work is photographic. Read Kate Muir’s article from The Times