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BLISTER PACT – IAN TRASK

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Blister Pact is a crowd-sourced art project by Brooklyn based sculptor Ian Trask. The goal of the project is to collect thermoformed plastic packaging/containers, specifically seeking contributions from individual consumers within the community. A thermoformed plastic container, also referred to as a blister pack or clamshell, is a ubiquitous form of plastic waste that is difficult to recycle and ultimately destined for the landfill. This project will provide a system for informing the community and collectively removing the troublesome material from the local waste stream. The donated plastic containers will be amassed, converted into a monumental sculptural installation, and ultimately presented at the Invisible Dog Art Center in March 2015.

Ian Trask is a scientist-turned-artist who received his degree in biology from Bowdoin College in 2005. After years of working in research labs, Ian spent some time as a hospital groundskeeper cleaning up trash daily, an experience that proved to be formative in his artistic development. Ian saw the artistic potential in the waste he was confronted with everyday and quickly began working with discarded manufactured goods as the main platform for his pieces.
Ian has exhibited and created installations at a wide variety of venues including: the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Invisible Dog, Recession Art, Wassaic Project, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, Westwood Gallery, Muriel Guepin Gallery, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Affordable Art Fair, DUMBO Arts Festival, Webster Hall, Figment Interactive Art Festival, and the Coleman Burke Gallery.  He has worked on visual design’ for performances by choreographers Tiffany Mills and Judith Sanchez Ruiz. “Fabric of the Cosmos” and “the Worm,” two of Ian’s large-scale installations, are on permanent display at the Invisible Dog Art Center. And his work has been highlighted in the New York Times, Hyperallergic, the Swissmiss design blog, Bloomberg News, the Bowdoin Orient, and the Harvard Times.

MARS 7 – APRIL 11 – EXHIBITION
The Invisible Dog Art Center
http://theinvisibledog.org/
Main Gallery, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Subway F or G, Bergen Street stop – Bus 57
Free admission
Opening Reception on Saturday March 7, from 6 to 10PM
Thursday to Saturday from 1to 7PM, Sunday from 1 to 5PM



The Invisible Dog Art Center's 2015 Exhibition has been made possible, in part, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


The Invisible Dog Art Center's 2015 Exhibition series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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