At the New ICA Watershed Exhibit, Recyclables Never Looked So Good

Spencer Buell, Boston Magazine, May 25, 2022

As it’s taken shape over the past few years, the ICA Watershedhas positioned itself as a hub of ocean-focused eco-consciousartwork in Boston. Inside its gigantic space across the harborfrom the ICA in the Seaport, we’ve seen video projections ofswimming dolphins, meant to make us think more deeply aboutocean life; we’ve seen anultra-widescreen showingof a hauntingfilm about climate change; and we’ve been transportedtoancient underwater ruinslost to time in the Caribbean.As it makes itsreturn for the summer this week, the Watershedhas some new flavors on offer: This year it’s going all-in on beautiful trash. For 2021, the gallery will host sixdifferent artists from around the world, each of whom makes use of found objects, for an exhibitioncalledRevival: Materials and Monumental Forms.According to a release from the ICA, that means you can expectto find “glittering, tapestry-like sculptures” fashioned out ofbottle caps and trash, an array of headlights and tail lightsprogrammed to be “a choreography of street traffic,” and“towering sculptures” made out of discarded clothing and crates.“The artworks inRevivalcapture the power of reuse, resilience,and reclamation, celebrating a revival of the everyday atmonumental scale,” said Jill Medvedow, the ICA’s Ellen MatildaPoss Director, in a press release. “These impressive, large-scale works take full advantage of the Watershed’svoluminous space, offering visitors the opportunity for exploration, discovery, and reflection."


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