In 1992, after the burlap bag painting series, I made paintings on plastic, which were also sewn into bags. I wanted transparency in the work. Similar to the burlap bag paintings, paint was applied as stripes on the plastic bag, then turned inside out so the paint is on the inside. Canvas, wood and paint are placed inside at the bottom of the piece to be seen. Over a long period of time and depending on the care given, some of the paint will fall off the plastic and onto the canvas stored at the bottom of the bag. Having the paint fall onto the canvas set the stage for a very slow decay of the painting.

Plastic Bag Paintings

Born 1965, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY

HOWARD SCHWARTZBERG