Plaxall, a family run plastics-manufacturing business based in Long Island City, will partner with local artists to showcase art made from thermoforming, a process invented by Plaxall founder Louis Pfohl more than 70 years ago.
Now, for the third straight year, Plaxall will provide space across Anable Basin from its longtime thermoforming factory to present “Plastique Trois,” a show curated by LIC artist William Garrett. The show opens May 15 and runs during the Long Island City Arts Open through May 20.
The event will task artists with stepping outside of their usual medium—whether paint, plaster, or even neon—to make new artwork from sheets of plastic. The plastic sheets are heated until they are pliable and able to be bent, twisted and molded.
“Supporting local artists – whether by hosting Long Island City Artists as tenants at our Plaxall gallery or opening our factory once again for William Garrett’s fantastic show—has long been a priority for our family,” said Paula Kirby, who runs the third-generation company with her cousins and fellow managing directors Matt Quigley and Tony Pfohl. “What better place to host a thermoforming exhibit than just across the Basin from where our grandfather opened our factory more than 70 years ago? We’re really looking forward to seeing what some of the community’s most creative artists come up with, and thrilled to once again contribute to the LIC Arts Open.”
Returning to “Plastique Trois” this year are artists Lisa Diclerico, Kenny Greenberg, Jean-Marie Guyaux, Annalisa ladicicco, William Garrett and John Long, who will take what they learned working with thermoforming last year and mentor other local artists, including Diane Hendry and Jack Rohe Howard-Potter, who will also create new works for the show.
“Plastic is so common in our lives that its use and value as a creative medium is often overlooked,” said Plaxall tenant Kenny Greenberg, whose work will be featured in Plastique Trois. “When artists from varied disciplines and styles take on the unfamiliar process of forming the otherwise familiar, the result is always a pleasing and surprising mix of ideas and forms.”
An opening celebration will take place on May 18 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and feature a rare live concert appearance by the ambient, psychedelic, country and western combo SUSS at 9 p.m.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for us as artists to again partner with our neighbor Plaxall to create new work outside of our usual mediums” said William Garrett, creator and curator of the Plastique exhibit. “It’s exciting to watch such creative people stretch their talents on both the art and manufacturing ends of the process.”
“Plastique Trois” will be shown in the former Jeffrey Deitch Gallery at the Anable Basin Bar & Grill, located on the East River at 4-40 44th Dr. in Long Island City.
The show opens with a reception for press on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will be on view through Sunday, May 20, 2018, noon until 9 p.m. daily. The opening reception will be held Friday May 18th at 7 p.m.