Robin Frohardt's Plastic Bag Store | Current ArtSpace + Studio | Arts | Indy Week


Robin Frohardt's Plastic Bag Store

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 23

Count the number of plastic bags it takes to make your lunch. There's one around the bread and a second, brittle one inside. Why do the tomatoes always cling inside the green produce bag? The lettuce is in a Ziploc in the fridge, next to the last two wrapped slices of deli turkey. The sandwich goes in a sandwich bag; the chips go in another. Even if you reuse the grocery bag to take your lunch to work, it still went through eight plastic bags. Because they're not biodegradable, they're now a permanent part of our ecosystem. After researching the environmental impact of plastic bags, the visual artist, director, and puppet-maker Robin Frohardt is transforming Current into a convenience store where all of the products on the shelves—down to the fake sushi and chicken drumsticks—are made from local discarded plastic, creating what Frohardt calls "an endless cacophony of packaging." Access to the exhibit is free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., while ticketed nighttime performances use puppetry and interactive sets to weave a story about the future cultural impact of our eternal wrappings. —Byron Woods

Price: $27


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