Today, mistaking plastic debris for food in the Pacific gyre is a common occurrence resulting in the death of countless albatross each year. Plastic is often designed for "single-use" (think straw, cup, bottle) but, by its nature, every molecule ever developed is still with us today. The paradox of beauty, created from artifacts recovered from the remains of dead albatross, generates a message that can more sustainably inform the viewer. We live in a disposable society — what we throw away, we ultimately consume. Before we seek to change what we dislike, we must consider the consciousness and intention that has created what we see.
In the Main Gallery during both February and March, Viewpoint presents Jerry Takigawa's unique and important project, False Food. The plastic artifacts used to create these images were gathered from the remains of an albatross found on Midway Atoll. False Food calls attention to this environmental issue through an ironic aesthetic. It’s a way of taking a global problem and finding a way to make it personal.