Plaxall To Host Local Artist Exhibit

Rush Hour Rush Hour Plaxall, a family-run plastics manufacturing business based in Long Island City, will partner with local artists to showcase art made from thermoforming, a process invented by Plaxall founder Louis Pfohl more than 70 years ago. Now, for the third straight year, Plaxall will provide space across Anable Basin from its longtime thermoforming factory to present “Plastique Trois,” a show curated by LIC artist William Garrett. The show opened May 15 and runs during the Long Island City Arts Open through May 20.

The event will task artists with stepping outside of their usual medium—whether paint, plaster, or even neon—to make new artwork from sheets of plastic. The plastic sheets are heated until they are pliable and able to be bent, twisted and molded.

“Supporting local artists—whether by hosting Long Island City artists as tenants at our Plaxall gallery, or opening our factory once again for William Garrett’s fantastic show—has long been a priority for our family,” said Paula Kirby, who runs the third-generation company with her cousins and fellow managing directors Matt Quigley and Tony Pfohl. “What better place to host a thermoforming exhibit than just across the basin from where our grandfather opened our factory more than 70 years ago? We’re really looking forward to seeing what some of the community’s most creative artists come up with, and are thrilled to once again contribute to the LIC Arts Open.”

Crazy Train Crazy Train “It’s an amazing opportunity for us as artists to again partner with our neighbor Plaxall to create new work outside of our usual mediums,” said William Garrett, creator and curator of the Plastique exhibit. “It’s exciting to watch such creative people stretch their talents on both the art and manufacturing ends of the process.”

“Plastic is so common in our lives that its use and value as a creative medium is often overlooked,” said Plaxall tenant Kenny Greenberg, whose work will be featured in Plastique Trois. “When artists from varied disciplines and styles take on the unfamiliar process of forming the otherwise familiar, the result is always a pleasing and surprising mix of ideas and forms.”

Returning to “Plastique Trois” this year are artists Lisa Diclerico, Kenny Greenberg, Jean-Marie Guyaux, Annalisa ladicicco, William Garrett and John Long, who will take what they learned working with thermoforming last year and mentor other local artists, including Diane Hendry and Jack Rohe Howard-Potter who will also create new works for the show.

An opening celebration will take place Friday, May 18, from 7 pm to 11 pm, featuring a rare live concert appearance by the ambient, psychedelic, country and western combo SUSS at 9 pm.

“Plastique Trois” will be shown in the former Jeffrey Deitch Gallery at the Anable Basin Bar & Grill, on the East River at 4-40 44th Drive in Long Island City.

The show that opened with a reception for press on Tuesday, May 15 will be on view through Sunday, May 20, noon until 9:00 pm daily. The opening reception will be held Friday, May 18 at 7 pm. Among the artwork being exhibited, local artist Theo Sahos will be exhibiting limited edition fine art prints from his latest series of music-inspired paintings. Sahos’ “Rush Hour” and “Crazy Train” have been selected to be exhibited. An Astoria native, Sahos brings together multiple elements to capture the essence of music and dance in the city within a given sense of time and place.

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