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Dirty Beach Exhibition, Brighton Festival 2009

Brighton-based artists Lou McCurdy and Chloe Hanks (aka "Hanksy") first collaborated on the "Dirty Beach" exhibition for the 2009 Brighton Festival.

The exhibition was a collection of the artists' individual work, powerfully juxtaposing the permanence of McCurdy's re-invented found plastic debris with Hanksy's eco-graffiti and the transient nature of her 100% bio-degradable work.

Lou McCurdy makes work from beach-combed plastic. Near her home in Brighton, the sea delivers up an inexhaustible supply of raw material that she weaves into new configurations, plaiting new assemblies that resonate with the absurd and nightmarish poetry of the waste-filled sea.

Chloë Hanks is a graphic designer and artist. As an artist (A.K.A. Hanksy) the work takes place in urban landscapes as works of transient graffiti. Often site, weather and tide specific, the work sometimes exists for only a matter of hours, before disappearing without a trace. The only permanent evidence of the previous work is photographic. The eco-graffiti takes its cuefrom protest slogans, popular culture and humorous slogans.

"When it snowed last winter, Hanksy rushed down to the beach with stencils and flasks of boiling water. She strategically melted the snow until the message appeared in a cool typeface: 'Under This Clean White Exterior, I'm a Right Dirty Beach.' The great work of protest endured for an afternoon, but it reached well beyond the gallery-going audience.
"Artist Lou McCurdy re-invented found plastic detritus from plastic Toilet Duck bottles to orange nylon rope and the lost pink arms of Action Men and created huge, colour-rich panels. They are cross sections of the sea demonstrating the permanence of plastic and its refusal to be disappear."
Kate Muir - The Times, May 23, 2009

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