Where I'll Be
Judith Selby-Lang and Richard Lang are collaborative artists, environmentalists, and innovators whose work has been featured in over 70 exhibitions. As a collaborative team, they have visited Kehoe Beach hundreds of times to gather plastic debris washing out of the Pacific Ocean. From just 1,000 yards of this one beach they have collected tons of material. By carefully collecting and curating the bits of plastic, they fashion it into works of art that matter-of-factly show, with minimal artifice, the material as it is.
Their artwork has been featured in galleries, museums, educational institutions, and science centers including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the United Nations World Environment Day, Stanford University, and the University of San Francisco. International festivals and conferences using their work as a visual focus include Mountainfilm in Telluride, Ocean Film Festival in Hong Kong, and Inspire Film Festival in Houston.
To date, ten films have documented their work, airing on The Today Show, PBS Newshour, The Travel Channel, Wowwow Tokyo, as well as NBC and ABC affiliates. Traveling exhibits have accompanied the films. They have presented talks at Applied Brilliance in Jackson Hole, Newseum in Washington, DC, Dallas Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Oxbow School in Napa, CA, and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Their work is widely collected nationally and internationally, including a display at the US Embassy in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.
In addition, Cavallo Point Lodge in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area commissioned their artwork for each of its 155 guest rooms. The California Coastal Commission commissioned advertising images seen in posters and on placards and bus signage. Lang and Selby-Lang are cited as co-authors in a report from the University of Tokyo about concentrations of pollutants in plastic pellets, published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin.
The artists say, “Our work has been embraced by the public for its exuberant beauty and in this way, we have been able to bring awareness to a challenging environmental problem.”