"The Gyre exhibition explored the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption, and featured contemporary art by national and international artists. In June 2013, as part of the Gyre project, an international team of scientists, artists and educators launched an expedition to study marine debris in southwest Alaska."

Museum colleges and I met with this group on a remote beach in southwest Alaska where we looked at the debris they had collected along the coasts. What I noticed was how the plastic that floated above the water faded in the sun and the parts that remained submerged in ocean water retained their vibrant color. This waterline informed my concept for the Gyre exhibition, specifically the title sign and environmental graphics.

After Gyre closed in Anchorage, the exhibition traveled to the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in Atlanta, the USC Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles and then to the Natalie and James Thompson Gallery at San Jose State University.

Received an Honorable Mention award from the AIGA, Alaska Chapter, 2014.

Exhibition Design: Jane Rabadi
Title Sign & Environmental Graphics: Jane Rabadi

Text Credit: Anchorage Museum
Photo credits: Chris Arend Photography