SAN FRANCISCO - Message in a Bottle 4 exhibition (MIAB4):

The San Francisco chapter of Surfrider Foundation has partnered with Fung Collaborations to bring awareness to one of the biggest environmental crisis of our time, plastics in the ocean. Renowned curator, Lance Fung, selected 35 artists from the Bay Area and beyond to create site-specific artworks for the fourth edition of this important exhibition series – Message in a Bottle 4. All art media will be included such as installation, video, paint, sculpture, photography, media, and performance.

This year’s exhibition theme is “debunking the recycling myth”:

The U.S. plastic recycling rate dropped 4.4% in 2018. With plastic being a nonbiodegradable material, discarded plastic in the environment will always exist in some form. The creation and discarding of plastic has impacted both our oceans and wildlife alike. From being eaten by animals, washing up on beaches and creating islands of trash in the oceans, plastics has left an infamous mark on our planet and the daily lives for all that live. The mission of this exhibition is to bring awareness to the issue of plastics destroying the environment but also impart ways that each of us can lessen and hopefully one day eliminate this horror in our oceans through personal action, advocacy, and policy change from the producers of unnecessary plastic.

This important free exhibition utilizes the unique features of the prestigious Palace of Fine Arts building in San Francisco for the artists to conceive and realize their artwork containing invaluable messages. Artwork fills the 120,000 square feet Exhibition Center which is one of the last standing structures built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

Surfrider will also provide many family-friendly activities with their many volunteers and community partners, and sponsors as well as much didactic information and specialist to speak with.

Visiting Hours, Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon Street, SF, 94123:

Artist reception:  Friday, November 1st:  6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Student Appreciation Day and public viewing:  Saturday, November 2nd:  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 Community Day and public viewing:  Sunday, November 3rd:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Participating Artists:

Rajeev Bhayro, Frank Boban, Marcia Boyajian, Kira Boyer, Chris Cahoon, Reenie Charriere, Teresa Cunniff, Kate Dodd, Fernando Escartiz, Alicia Escott, Megan Espinosa, Tess Felix, April Ford, Jonathan Fung, Tara de la Garza, Sarah Gendler, Aaron Hazelwood, Molly Hankwitz, Craig Hobbs, Phaan Howng, Judith Selby Lang, Richard Lang, Layman Lee, Sandy Lee, Chip Lord, Peter Moen, Johanna Murazzo, Akemi Natt, Maricel Reid, Juan Rodriguez, John Roloff, Claudia Sandborn, Jos Sances, Tiffany Seav, Kayla Stafinbil, Patrick Viruel, Wen Wen

About Surfrider Foundation:

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans. With over 84 chapters across the nation, and over half a million members strong, Surfrider has won over 500 battles for the ocean from environmental harm. The San Francisco chapter in particular has been responsible for the protection of the iconic San Francisco county coast line with its near nine thousand members. Their most recent success was a July plastic straw ban and they have had incredible success with the HOTYB program, which allowed them to install over 40 cigarette butt disposal cans that prevents over 9,000 cigarette butts from being littered per month and is rapidly growing…

A Message from the curator:

Curator Lance Fung states, “I am humbled to be working with such an important organization such as Surfrider to develop a curatorial premise and exhibition that is needed and has the ability to educate and change people’s awareness and behavior. By changing some simple routine behaviors, each person can in their way bring about a positive change for the environment and our collective future.”

Press Contacts:

Fung Collaboratives

(212) 505-3369

Lance Fung, Curator

John Talley, Director