Nathaniel Hein and Jennifer Gonzales
Plarn Project: Arena
The artists Nathaniel Hein and Jennifer Gonzales, collectively known as Go.Hein, return to SKW 2010 addressing consumer culture and the magnitude of its’ waste. Their installation next to the butterfly garden in the pines of Ft. Zachary Taylor present a view into a mythic sports arena lined with eye level advertisements and filled waste high with hundreds of plarn balls in various sizes fashioned by students from across the United States. (Plarn is plastic yarn made from reclaimed garbage bags). Training for the consumer lifestyle begins at a young age and this project responds to this trend through art education by introducing the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag as a re-claimed and re-useable art material. As a result Plarn Project Arena brings awareness to the next generation of consumers.
Gonzales, a teacher at the Memphis College of Art in Art Education, specializes in diversity topics. Hein is currently a visiting assistant professor of art at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, teaching sculpture and digital media.