A companion publication to Judy Darragh: Competitive Plastics, offering two new long-form essays, expanding the dialogue around Darragh's 2021 exhibition of the same title, shown at Objectspace and CoCA Toi Moroki, curated by Heather Galbraith.
Two indepth essays: Plastic Feeling, by Raewyn Martyn, and, A mobile, and therefore precarious, gathering, by Gwynneth Porter, are accompanied here by luscious exhibition images.
'Competitive Plastics is an embarrassment of riches; it wilfully presents as 'too much'. In today's world, excessive production and consumption frame our lives, and our cognitive processes strain to filter insanely competitive stimuli. Darragh's exhibition laments cycles of over-extraction and over-production that endanger our global ecosystems, while readily acknowledging our complicity in these cycles. We just keep making and consuming.'