Art is powerful. It has the ability to communicate important social, political and environmental issues in a way that is loud and unyielding in its resolve and at the same time playful and beautiful in its approach. Can’t You Sea? is an exhibition of art that brings awareness to one of our world’s most immediate and biggest environmental problems: plastic ocean pollution. The ocean contains an estimated 150 million tons of plastic, with 8 million tons added annually—equivalent to a garbage truck load every minute (2015 study). Plastic ocean pollution injures and kills marine life, spreads toxins and poses a potential threat to human health. This global environmental issue has been dramatically elevated over the past three years, and the Art Museum is proud to become a part of the conversation by bringing ocean plastic pollution awareness to Myrtle Beach and its summertime visitors.
Can’t You Sea? is an exhibition of ARTifacts created by six artists/activists: Dianna Cohen, Alejandro Duran, Sayaka Ganz, Pam Longobardi, Aurora Robson and Kirkland Smith, who employ discarded plastic as both an artistic medium and as subject matter. While helping make the world a better place by keeping plastic out of our oceans, beaches and waterways, these artists are bringing awareness to this increasing environmental threat by using that plastic to make beautiful art objects that speak to the dangers of ocean plastic pollution.