Washed Up Car-go Artwork Shows at The Deep, Hull

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Washed Up Car-go from Hull Artist Opens at The Deep – Part of  Hull City of Culture’s ‘Look Up’ Programme

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 is co-commissioning a number of Look Up artworks in partnership with The Deep. Each artwork will be very different, and will take place within different seasons of the Hull 2017 programme. All have taken as their inspiration and starting point, the work, people and location of The Deep.

‘Washed Up Car-go’, the first of these co-commissions at The Deep, has been created by artist Chris Dobrowolski, who studied at Hull School of Art and Design. It consists of three cars, each containing a small section of beach, placed in the car park of The Deep. With this work, Dobrowolski aims to highlight the disposable culture of mass consumption, recreating the high tide and line of debris and pollution washed ashore within these specially modified cars.

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“Questions the life cycle of a product”

Featuring material gathered from the Humber and Holderness Peninsula, plastic marine animals and video projections as the core of his new installation, Dobrowolski revisits a common theme to his work in playing on the notion of real and unreal.

‘Washed Up Car-go’ looks at environmental concerns around plastics and our oceans. It asks us to question the life cycle of a product once bought, used and disposed.

While studying in Hull, Chris spent most of his time building different vehicles in which to escape Hull. He’s somehow come full circle, and for Hull 2017 offers up a piece that works with the fabric of Hull’s shoreline and touches on pollution, consumerism and the traditions of maritime art.

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“Gives a sense of other worldliness and wonder”

Louise Kirby, Operations Manager from The Deep says: “We are delighted to launch the first of three installations which have been co-commissioned with Hull2017. Chris’s work is really inspiring. Through this installation, we hope to further The Deep’s own message about plastic pollution and what you can do to combat this ever growing problem.”

Artist Chris Dobrowolski says: “Often with conceptual art there is a clear line between where art is supposed to finish and real life starts. At The Deep I saw the amazing spectacle of the main tank. It’s an artificial under sea environment that gives a sense of other worldliness and wonder. The contrast in grandeur between that and the car park has chimed with my ongoing theme of real and unreal.”

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images: Patrick Mateer

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