Old Ladies Against Underwater Garbage
February 3 to 27, Landrau-Partan Gallery at the Falmouth Art Center
Bad trash can sometimes make good art.
When this group of swimmers began cleaning ponds across Cape Cod five years ago, we were not thinking about art. Nevertheless, it became immediately apparent that the objects we retrieved had unique appeal.
Underwater, tires, sunken boats, cans and balls looked surreal in a murky haze of green water. On the surface the weathered colors, diverse shapes, and textures of the weathered litter combined to form intricate abstract designs.
In addition, the objects tell strange stories. Viewed from either a sociological or archaeological point of view, this collection of beach chairs, beer cans, children’s toys and plastic sunflowers both lost and intentionally dumped, tell of the habits of pond users.
OLAUG Members. Susan Baur, founder. Julia Benz, coach, Diane Hammer, Chief Garbage Collector (kayaker), Team photographer, Robin Melavalin, underwater photographer, Mary Grauerholz, Ann Donohue, Jane Driscoll, and Paula Wiseman.