Yesterday I visited Studio 102 to view its new exhibition, Uptown Junk. Studio 102 is an art gallery and shop with studios above supporting emerging artists in Plymouth and it is based on Vauxhall Street.
Uptown Junk is the current exhibition at Studio 102. The exhibition showcases “upcycled and innovative artwork from the local community” and the pieces are being auctioned to raise money for the marine conservation society. This piece by Adrian Bishop draws attention to the danger to living creatures caused by dumping plastics in the ocean.
This piece by Marcus Crandon is a slimy looking skull tangled with what seems to be real hair. It looks like the rotted remains of a pirate sentenced to death for his crimes…
I think these mutated characters by Ryan Arthurs are intended to make us consider the impact pollution has on the environment and living creatures, including ourselves.
I really like the colours and scratched away effect on these pieces, also by Ryan Arthurs.
This hat and bowtie by Mariana Lopez are upcycled from marine debris washed up in Cornwall. In 1997 a ship containing tonnes of lego pieces sank off the coast of Cornwall, pieces are still being washed up today. I visited Liskeard & District Museum earlier this year and enjoyed their Plastic Age exhibition about plastics dumped in the ocean where they have collected lots of these lego pieces and other toys.
Uptown Junk is on throughout this week (until the 26th) Monday to Friday, 12-6pm at Studio 102. If any of the artists above would like me to add more information or links please get in touch with me @midnakit on instagram.