Plastic in art

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Roxy Paine's Scumak No. 2, 2001

Within the 20th century, there came the use of plastics in art.[1] In the latter half of the century, plastic technology advanced so that it was feasible for artists to start using plastic and acrylics as an artwork medium.

Artist Roxy Paine created a sculpture-making machine "Shumak No2.":[2] a large metal contraption that oozed acrylic on to a conveyor belt that jiggled slowly back and forth. The barely liquid plastic would pile up and solidify. After a few hours, the conveyor belt would move the pile forward and begin a new sculpture.

Art made of commodity materials sometimes use found objects made of plastic.[3][4] Plastic containers are useful in papier-mâché for building frames.[5]

Use of Liquid Acrylics[edit]

Liquid acrylics can be used to create two and three dimensional plastic images and objects. Artist, Tyler Turkle, pours multiple thin layers of pigmented liquid acrylic to form sheets of plastic that result in paintings and sculptures. After adequate drying time between applications, these solid plastic sheets can be readily peeled off most surfaces and readhered to others.[6] Examples can be seen in the “Other plastic artwork” images below.

Other plastic artwork[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mustalish, Rachel. "Modern Materials: Plastics". Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Roxy Paine | Acrylic Art | Plastic Artwork. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Paine, Roxy. "Roxy Paine - Scumak No. 2, Auto Sculpture Maker 1998-2001". YouTube. MediaArtTube. Roxy Paine | Art | Acrylic Art. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ curatorial, intern. ""Found Art" and Commodity Sculpture". New Britain Museum of American Art. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Valentine, Ben. "One Artist's Quest to Turn Beach Plastic into Art". Hyperallergic. Ben Valentine. Art | Roxy Paine | Plastic in Art | Acrylic Art. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "PAPER MACHE VASES FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES". Creative Jewish Mom. Creative Jewish Mom. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Plastic Water— The Last Criterion, Greenberg Wilson, New York, September 7 to October 7, 1989, pg.4" (PDF). erudit. Retrieved 21 October 2016.