Pam Longobardi (American, b. 1958). One World Ocean (Anthropocene Hyperobject), 2017. Ocean plastic recovered from Greece, California, Spain, Hawaii, Belize, Panama, Gulf of Mexico, and Georgia; 99 x 88 inches. Courtesy of the Artist. © Pam Longobardi 2021.
December 18, 2021 – July 24, 2022
Located on the first floor of The Baker Museum
Pam Longobardi has channeled her lifelong love of the ocean into an artistic practice that transforms the mountains of plastic debris that wash up on beaches around the world. For more than 15 years, Longobardi has utilized found ocean plastics as her primary source material, arranging hundreds of plastic pieces into meticulous wall-mounted artworks or turning them into monumental floor-based sculptures. She refers to this body of work as the “Drifters Project.” Working collaboratively with communities around the globe, Longobardi has cleaned beaches from Hawaii to Greece to Panama, and dozens of locations in between, removing tens of thousands of pounds of plastic from the environment and converting them into thought-provoking works of art that shed an unflinching light on the effects of global consumption on the natural world.
Longobardi is regents’ professor at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She was the recipient of the prestigious Hudgens Prize in 2013 and has exhibited her artwork in museums and galleries throughout the United States and globally. Longobardi is represented in public and private collections including the Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, Virginia; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; and many others.
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Pam Longobardi (American, b. 1958). Swerve, 2019. Over 500 ocean plastic objects from Alaska, Greece, California, Hawaii, Gulf of Mexico and Costa Rica, steel specimen pins; 96 x 54 x 8 inches. Courtesy of the Artist. © Pam Longobardi 2021
Pam Longobardi (American, b. 1958). Consumption Web for Monaco (Self-Proclaiming Material Snare), 2011. Found ocean plastic and driftnet from Hawaii, Costa Rica, New Bedford, MA, Florida Everglades and Monaco; 126 x 96 x 44 inches. Courtesy of the Artist. © Pam Longobardi 2021
Pam Longobardi (American, b. 1958). Night Flag of Lesvos (Soteria), 2018. Recovered life vests from Lesvos, Greece, thread; 103 x 135 inches. Courtesy of the Artist. © Pam Longobardi 2021
Pam Longobardi (American, b. 1958). Endless (Zombie Brancusi), 2020. Vagrant polystyrene, sea turtle bites, wood, steel, magnets; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the Artist. © Pam Longobardi 2021
with Pam LongobardI
Wildlife vs. Plastics in the Gulf of Mexico
November 13 at 1pm
January 27 at 2pm
April 23 at 5:30pm
Pam Longobardi: Ocean Gleaning is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum, and is curated by Courtney McNeil.