Paho Mann is the second artist to exhibit in the Scatter and Heap Exhibition showing in the Sheppard Fine Art Gallery. Mann lived in New Mexico most of his life but, he is currently living and working out of Dallas, Texas, at the University of Northern Texas. He received his BFA from the University of New Mexico and his MFA from Arizona State University.
The project he had exhibited in the gallery was very interesting. He has taken millions of photos of trash at the dump and categorized it all by color. I have to say, I have never really payed any attention to how many different colors of plastic items we use. The final photograph displays were of a larger image on top that was a layered composite of all the items of that color and below were tiny individual photographs of each individual item that made the top piece. I really had an appreciation for how much time this all must have taken him and how much dedication to a project it must take to sift through garbage all the time. Although, once I looked closer and noticed that a lot of the objects were the same, I speculated whether he may have used some of the same pieces more than once to have a bigger impact. There were not as many of the same object that I would think there would be many of, which is why I wondered if he threw a few extra in. I wish I would have been able to find him during the showing, because I did not think of these questions during his lecture.
I found Mann’s work to be very eye opening because it really forced the viewer to think about the amount of waste them as an individual produces and the impact it has on our world. What does our waste say about us and what can we do to change the amount of waste we leave behind? We all buy tings and it would be very difficult to absolutely never buy anything plastic, but we could definitely make a difference by simply being aware of the amount of unnecessary waste we leave behind and try to find alternate situations when we can. By putting all of this information on display, Mann has given his audience a reality check about the shocking fact of the amount of waste humans are polluting our world with.