NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery announces new show ‘Plastic Fantastic’

NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery is pleased to announce the next show at its auxiliary venue, the Project Space. Open to the public from December 16-19, Plastic Fantastic will feature works from more than 30 artists, created in reaction to the insidious nature of our reliance on plastic.

Plastic-based technologies have transformed the modern world. From IV tubing to blood bags and air bags, electric cables to computers, and synthetic clothing to carpets, it’s impossible to imagine a world without plastic. Plastics have ushered in an age of innovation and convenience, but have resulted in a catastrophic environmental crisis. Plastic Fantastic addresses this crisis, elevating plastic from waste to fine art, from toxic material to redemptive metaphor.

Curated by NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Professor of Practice of Design Felix Beck, and College of Arts and Creative Enterprises Faculty at Zayed University Marie-Claire Bakker, this exhibition features over a dozen works.

Works that will be exhibited at Plastic Fantastic. Photo Courtesy NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery.

Plastic Fantastic is presented in conjunction with the Precious Plastic WANA Conference 2018, organized by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute. The exhibition’s artists include: Aisha Salem Almehairi, Amal Naser Al Menhali, Amna Ali Aljaeedi, Arabella Willing, Arwa Hamad Aljneibi, Ashwaq Abdullah Abdulaziz, Asma al Ahmad, Asma Alasad Alkatheeri, Ayesha Ahmed Al Marar, Cristalina Parra,  Fangqing He, Fatima Ahmed Alshehhi, Fatima Saleh Al Nuaimi, Gamilah Hussein Al Huthaifi, Hamda Essam Alkhajeh, Hend Hasan Al Hosani, Hessa Abdulla Alzaabi, Laura Schneider, Maha Khamis Alhosani, Mariam Humaid Al Qubaisi, Mohammed Ahli, Muna Hamad Jaralla, Nouf Khalid Almazrouei, Reem Rashed Aljneibi, Reem Saeed Almenhali, Sandra Peters, Sara Tariq Alnahdi, Sarra Hamed Al Refaei, Shamma Saeed Alkaabi, Shouq Yousef Aleghfeli, Ying Wang, Zainab Adel Al Amro, Zheng (Jack) Zhang, and Zuhoor Saleh Almessabi.

Works that will be exhibited at Plastic Fantastic. Photo Courtesy NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery.

Plastic Fantastic opens to the public on Sunday, December 16 with an opening reception at 6:30pm; participating artists will be present.

The Project Space is operated by the staff of the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and housed within the campus’ Arts Center. It is dedicated to NYU Abu Dhabi’s community projects such as the annual Capstone Festival, semester-end exhibitions of student works, and faculty-curated exhibitions, providing a platform for experimentation and exploration.

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