NEWPORT, R.I. – A site-specific multimedia installation that calls into question humans’ relationship with plastic and environmental degradation will open on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Salve Regina University’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery.
In his exhibition, “700-Year Plastic Composter,” Bert Emerson, assistant professor of art at Salve Regina, has completely transformed the Gallery’s main space, inviting the public to enter an immersive environment made from more than 2,500 pounds of recycled plastic. An opening reception for the exhibition, which runs through Nov. 6, will be held on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. It is open to the public.
This floor-to-ceiling installation prompts the viewer to actively participate in the plastic composting process. It encourages visitors to reexamine the proliferation of plastic waste and recognize the burdens it places on future generations. More information can be found at: http://plasticcomposter.com
Emerson is the recipient of the Sister M. Therese Antone Endowed Fund for Academic Excellence’s Special Project Award. This $5,000 grant was awarded for making an exceptional and distinguished contribution in the field of graphic and interaction design.
Hamilton Gallery, located in the Antone Academic Center on the corner of Lawrence and Leroy avenues, open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.