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.
“Plastique Trois,” a show curated by LIC artist William Garrett, 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.
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.
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.
“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 18 at 7 p.m.