We’ve seen some crazy things made out of IKEA products: room dividers built from children’s hangers, “frozen trees” cobbled from plastic-bag dispensers, and even storage beds repurposed from bookshelves. We haven’t encountered anything as extravagant as Ida-Marie Corell’s “ID(E)A” dress, however. Made from 555 blue IKEA shopping bags, the voluminous gown plays a starring role in Oh, Plastiksack!, a Swiss exhibit of sculptures, installations, paintings, and photographs that’s part tribute to, part commentary on the ubiquitous plastic bag.
Filling up an entire room, Corell’s creation illustrates our ambivalent relationship with the common carryall. The plastic bag, she says, represents our global society itself. “The identity of plastic is multi-faceted,” she adds. “It’s viewed as a simple piece of trash, an ecological hazard, a symbol of consumerism, and a history-defining invention.”
Filling up an entire room, Corell’s creation illustrates our ambivalent relationship with the common carryall.
Oh, Plastiksack! features contributions from over 30 international artists and designers, including inflated plastic crucifixes, fluorescent-colored shag furniture, and a dumpster filled with illuminated garbage bags.
The installation will available for public view at Gewerbemuseum in Switzerland through October 7, 2012.