The public is being welcomed to engage in trash talk with a group of artists Monday evening at the Premier Wine and Spirits Tap Room, located in the Cayman Technology Centre on Printer Way.
The bar and social space has been turned into small gallery for ‘Trash Talks’, an exhibit of art incorporating plastics and other refuse, some recyclable, some not. An artists’ reception for the show is planned from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 15.
The pieces displayed range from a translucent ocean wave created with polyethylene terephthalate bottles to a Dia de los Muertos-inspired design that incorporates a once-discarded styrofoam skull. The portrait of Jimi Hendrix, a mosaic by the Stoak’d studio using plastic bottle caps and seen by thousands of people at the recent KAABOO Festival, sits out in front of the Premier store, the only outside piece of the exhibit.
Trash Talks is a loose collective of artists, all of whom are doing some work with found or recyclable material. Kerwin Ebanks helped form the group. Included in the show is an albatross, created with wire and fishing line, hanging above the bar and a mosaic using bits of plastic to depict a landscape with birds.
Ebanks says the show came together because “A bunch of people ended up on the same page at the same time.”
That group included the artists and the tap room’s bartender who entered into conversation with Ebanks on the subject one evening.
So far, he says, reaction to the show has been promising.
“It’s been a pretty good response,” he says. “There’s quite a buzz on social media, which is what we’re looking for.”
Interest in the medium is growing, he says, helped in part by the movement to reduce the amount of plastic in Cayman.
“I wouldn’t say we’re inundated,” he says, “but it’s definitely growing. Originally there were three or four of us [in the Trash Talk group]. I would say we’ve doubled the number of artists.”
Premier manager Sabrina Stecyk says this is the first exhibit the store has done. She hopes to do other community-based projects in the coming months. She says she’s impressed by the work on the walls.
“It’s a few little art pieces,” she says, “and it’s like, this was just washed up on the ground.”
The show continues through the end of the month. Store hours are 4-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-9 p.m. Saturdays.