Plastic Waste and Why We Are Bound to the Health of Our Oceans

Presented by The Midway & Lonely Whale

On view through April 18, 2019


Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday 12pm-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm

GALLERY CLOSED: 03/27, 04/03 & 04/04

Ocean-Bound is a multifaceted exhibition bringing the work of creators using the evocative power of art to call attention to plastic pollution, the myth of recycling, and the fragility of our big blue world. This is the inaugural show of what will be an annual exhibition in celebration of our commitment to ocean health.

At the end of 2018, we teamed up with Lonely Whale to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles from our venue. This ocean-friendly initiative effectively removed 25,000 plastic bottles from San Francisco’s waste-stream on NYE alone and will eliminate over 300,000 in 2019.

The Midway is the first independent cultural hub in San Francisco to support the city’s commitment to move its properties away from single-use plastic bottles.


Exhibiting Artists


ZARIA FORMAN documents climate change with pastel drawings. She travels to remote regions of the world to collect images and inspiration for her work, which is exhibited worldwide. She has flown with NASA on several Operation IceBridge missions over Antarctica, Greenland, and Arctic Canada. She was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and PBS. She delivered a TEDTalk, and spoke at Amazon, Google, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, exhibited in Banksy’s Dismaland, and was the artist-in-residence aboard the National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica. Her works have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and the Smithsonian Magazine. Forman currently works and resides in Brooklyn, NY, and is represented by Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York, NY and Seattle, WA.

Photograph by Sara Haile

Photograph by Sara Haile


Ice Crispies

Errera Channel, Antarctica, 2015, by Zaria FormanLe Conte Bay, Antarctica, 2018, by Eric Wehrmeister
Spatial mix by Jamil Lea (Envelop)

This sound is fondly referred to as “ice crispies.” The crackle is the sound of ancient air meeting new. It’s the sound of glacial ice melting, and the ancient air bubbles trapped inside of it breaking free. (Also, the “whirring” sounds you hear in the background are Gentoo penguins.)  

These bubbles contain a treasure trove of information for scientists who use them to obtain the age of the ice, which in many cases is several hundred thousand years old. Through careful chemical measurements, scientists can reconstruct both the local temperature and the composition of the ancient atmosphere (i.e. how much carbon dioxide and methane there were) from the time when the bubbles became locked in the ice sheet. The records gleaned from these archives help us understand how and why Earth's climate has changed in the past and what this may portend for our future.

Take this song of ancient air and experience the sonic tranquility of Antarctica in your daily life. Please share with others!


JANA CRUDER & MATTHEW LAPENTA, Los Angeles based multi-media artists Jana Cruder and Matthew LaPenta continue to use their individual art practices and unique identities as artists to explore new ideas and alternative aesthetic territories in a collaborative effort that is equally accessible as it is challenging. They are deeply moved by the current state of humanity and its impact on the planet. Through their current 
collaborative projects, they aim to cast a spotlight that is enlightening while also unassuming on the environmental, technological, political and social realities of today.

Natural Plasticity installation brings the impact of consumer and corporate behavior regarding single-use-plastics into clear site. Beckoning the viewer to evaluate their own behavior with plastic consumption. In order to change what is manufactured and marketed we must first inspire awareness and change the individual. To positively effect consumer behavior we’ve decided to alter the local landscape by installing 20ft to 30ft replicas of a plastic bottles, plastic disposable cups and straws. These larger then life objects, when placed in landscapes unaccustomed to art grab hold of the viewer and ask them to look inward at their own habits. 

By working with inflatables the project has the ability to change locations throughout a geographical area over the course of several days. Mirroring the same way plastics interact and are disposed of within environment. 



JOEL DEAN STOCKDILL For the past six years, Joel Dean Stockdill, and his collaborating team, have been creating WildLife, a global series of large scale sculptures. Each piece is inspired by native species and is created spontaneously from discarded waste material found locally. The WildLife Project has birthed 28 very large beasts that span 4 continents throughout various public rural and private sites. Joel is a self taught sculptor with a passion for reimagining the potentials of our discarded materials through large scale sculpture, installation art and innovation.

YUSTINA SALNIKOVA is a designer/sculptor with a vision to bring environmental awareness and social change through installation art and the transformation of public spaces. In 2016, the two joined forced and together they have created 10 animals out of recycled waste. Their largest and most recent collaboration being a life-size blue whale commissioned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Stockdill and Salnikova are represented by Building 180.


PETER CHRISTIAN HABERKORN is an artist living in Scottsdale, Arizona who makes three-dimensional collages using found material and scavenged objects.  Born in the San Francisco Bay area and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Mr. Haberkorn was educated at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and then at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Architecture in 1983.

Before living in Scottsdale Mr. Haberkorn lived in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2006 and 2015. While here he showed his work at the Carl Solway Gallery, the Weston Art Gallery and the Land of Tomorrow Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky. Between 2001 and 2006 he lived and worked in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and from 1994 to 2001 he lived and worked in San Francisco, California, where he created a series of site-specific installations at the Picture Gallery. Between 1987 and 1994 Mr. Haberkorn owned Archival Framing Services in Los Angeles, California, a fine-arts framing business specializing in the archival treatment of art. Between 1983 and 1989 he lived in and helped to restore the historic Schindler house in West Hollywood, until 1989.

Originally inspired by his architectural restoration activities, as well as by the finishing materials he used in fine art framing, Mr. Haberkorn became fascinated with the formal and evocative potential of cast-off, recycled and industrial components.  Subsequently, he began creating specific new elements to mix in with the found materials.  More recently, he has developed three bodies of work: collages incorporating textures and associations of animal forms and skins; constructions using telephones; and photography combined with found windows.


Lonely Whale


Lonely Whale is an award-winning incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful market-based change on behalf of our ocean. Founded in December 2015 by Adrian Grenier and Lucy Sumner, Lonely Whale is inspired by the power of community to create the change needed to ensure a healthy planet. Lonely Whale is working towards a new era of radical collaboration, together facilitating the creation of innovative ideas that push the boundary on current trends in technology, media and advocacy that positively impact the health of our ocean. The organization spearheaded the global Strawless Ocean movement, which permanently removes single-use plastic straws from establishments and markets, and NextWave Plastics, the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains. Lonely Whale’s work has been recognized by Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas, the Shorty Awards, the ADDY Awards, the SEAL Awards, the P4G 2018 Circular Economy Award sponsored by the Danish Government, the HALO Awards, and more. Lonely Whale is a proud supporter of the UN Environment’s #CleanSeas campaign. To learn more and support, visit www.lonelywhale.org or follow @LonelyWhale.  




Envelop is a nonprofit that amplifies the social and emotional power of music through immersive listening experiences. With 32 speakers surrounding the audience, Envelop’s immersive audio venues and free open source spatial audio tools, provide a space to deeply listen, relax and reset. Hosting a wide diversity of events from spatial music performances and album listening events, to wellness and immersive audio education, Envelop allows us to be inside the music. envelop.us