Ocean Gleaning tracks the 15 years of my art and research around the world through the Drifters Project. Traveling on major expeditions or just walking on the beach, I hunt for and remove plastics that have been tossed about on a long journey through ocean ecosystems. This is my story.
Pre-orders expected to ship early May 2022.
Expected May 2022
198 pages of full color plates
Swiss-bound hardcover printed on 170 gsm eco-friendly paper
8.5” x 11”
First Edition of 750
Essays by the artist, D. Graham Burnett, Sarina Basta, Anand Pandian, and foreward by Jennifer Wagner Lawlor
The book documents forensic photographs from remote and difficult to reach places where plastic has been accumulating. Powerful artifacts enter into the Drifters Archive collection of tens of thousands. The book reveals a sample of 100 specimens of striking artifacts harvested from the sea, these are objects once utilitarian that have been changed by the oceanic voyages and come back as messages from the ocean.
The book also contains a section of forensic site photographs from around the world; a collection of Prophetic Object cartouches; plastic object imposters masquerading as of natural objects; and finally, contributions from 75 individuals invited from around the world to seek and reveal their messages received from the ocean.
A foreword by Jennifer Wagner Lawlor and brilliant essays by renowned thought leaders D. Graham Burnett, Sarina Basta, and Anand Pandian contextualize the project within the history of art and human interaction with wild nature. I have written an essay too.
The book is a companion to a major solo exhibition currently being shown at the Baker Museum in Naples, Florida. Within the pages are a curatorial essay by the Director and Chief Curator Courtney McNeill and images of the large sculptures and installations I have created with the plastic material, along with the Forensic Lab created especially for this exhibition.