If you think the single-use jetsam of your weekly shopping haul is nightmarish, imagine a supermarket displaying aisle upon gleaming aisle of everything you could possibly want, as long as it’s 100% plastic. Brooklyn-based artist and filmmaker Robin Frohardt has created an installation that is as funny as it is horrific.
Art, craft, film and puppetry converge in an ingenious installation that makes the most extravagant Craig Reucassel-stunt look low-key. A glance at her hilarious trailer will have you longing to get amongst her lovingly hand-made goodies, created from hundreds of upcycled plastic bags and plastic rubbish, “locally sourced and harvested from the streets and bins of New York City.”
Most uncannily resemble everyday products (from tubs of ice cream and whole rotisserie chickens to deli items, mixed salads, fruit, veg, and cleaning supplies) while others entice you to sample new lines, such as Baggo Breakfast Waffles (“Hot melty bags in your mouth in minutes”), Bagarino Pizza or juice-like cartons of Orange Plastic Bags, complete with an honest list of Nutrition Facts (straight zeros) and homespun mission statement (“only the finest orange plastic bags from Florida delivered to you with love”).
This jaw-dropping ‘supermarket’ was designed for Manhattan’s Times Square, and after COVID forced its closure hours before its world premiere in March, it returned in October to wow post-lockdown New Yorkers. Rundle Mall is its first-ever foreign destination.
It’s free and open to everyone. A trip to the supermarket will never be the same after you visit The Plastic Bag Store.
Event additional information
Created, written, designed and directed by Robin Frohardt
In collaboration with the Puppetry ensemble Nick Lehane, Admiral Grey*, Rowan Magee, Andy Manjuck, Emma Wiseman
Original music by Freddi Price
Sound Designer Chad Raines
Technical Director Jeremy Lydic
Co-Produced by Robin Frohardt and Pomegranate Arts
POMEGRANATE ARTS Executive Producer Linda Brumbach Associate Producer Alisa E. Regas
General Manager Rachel Katwan
Filmed Elements Director of Photography Rob Kolodny Producer Caitlin Mae Burke
*appears in live immersive installation
Generously supported by Leading Patrons: James Darling AM and Lesley Forwood, FWH Foundation, Nunn Dimos Foundation, Anna Baillie-Karas and Jason Karas.
The Plastic Bag Store was commissioned by Times Square Arts with generous support provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional commissioning support has been provided by Carolina Performing Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was developed with support from: MANA Contemporary, The Made in NY Women’s Film, TV & Theatre Fund by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts; Olson Kundig; The Jim Henson Foundation; and is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). The Plastic Bag Store film segments were commissioned by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA with additional support by the Adelaide Festival. The Plastic Bag Store is a project of Creative Capital.