For over a decade Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang have been scouring their stretch of Kehoe Beach along Northern California’s Point Reyes National Seashore. Far from the classic beach comber either in search of drift wood or with metal detector in hand, the eyes of this artist couple are caught by the most pedestrian of materials: plastic.
What they find tells a colorful story of global consumerism, and despite the dour message the sheer quantities suggest, the artists have a lighthearted touch to their work.
I’ve written about the use of unusual materials in art many times before; here, here and here. But the sea tumbled touch of this particular detritus combined with an almost Victorian sense of categorizing gives many of their pieces an archaeological appeal.
But to not to belabor the point of where beauty lies, perhaps it’s best to let the artists speak for themselves.