SFAI / Levi Stauss & Co – Sustainable Sculpture Studio

“Sustainable Sculpture Studio: Respond, Reconstruct,Reconnect”
A collaboration on art and sustainability between the San Francisco Art Institute and Levi Strauss & Co.

ABC 7 News did a short segment on the Levi Sustainable Sculpture exhibit. To view click on the link below.

ABC7 NEWS – Levi Sustainable Sculpture Exhibit.

Also – check out the article on Levi’s Blog about the student’s work.


Exhibition: “Sustainable Sculpture Studio: Respond, Reconstruct, Reconnect”
A collaboration on art and sustainability between the San Francisco Art Institute and Levi Strauss & Co.

Location: Diego Rivera Gallery
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Dates: Tuesday, January 18 – Saturday, January 22, 2011
Open 9 am-6 pm daily

Sustainable Sculpture Exhibition Opens January 18 at SFAI San Francisco, CA (January 12, 2011)-The San Francisco Art Institute is proud to present the exhibition “Sustainable Sculpture Studio: Respond, Reconstruct, Reconnect,” the culmination of a partnership between SFAI and Levi Strauss & Co. It runs January 18-22, 2011.

In summer 2010, funded by a $10,000 grant from Levi Strauss & Co., SFAI offered a
four-week intensive course examining the politics and processes of sustainability through
a case study on recycled denim. Levi Strauss donated thirteen bolts of designer sample
denim and boxes of used jeans and zippers. These materials became the basis of the
students’ sculptures and installations, as they traced denim’s lifecycle-from cotton to
manufactured textile to fabricated garment-and then gave it new life as art. The art is
therefore not an isolated work, but one part of a larger cycle of production and reuse that
continues even beyond the exhibition.

The course was taught by visiting SFAI faculty Kate Ruddle, a conceptual fabric
sculptor. Students learned about design processes and sustainability practices through
lectures by Lynn Downey, Historian, Levi Strauss & Co.; Ken Fox, Director of Product
Development, Levi’s® brand; Johnny Mannion, Manager of Product Development,
Levi’s® brand; and Michael Kobori, Vice-President, Supply Chain Social and
Environmental Sustainability, Levi Strauss & CO
Pieces on view in the exhibition include:
– Andrew Kjera’s “Carbon Dioxide Sphere,” a solid sphere of used denim and thread
weighing approximately 73 lbs-which is how much CO2 is produced in the making of a
single pair of jeans.

– Karen Brasier’s “Urban Fabric,” benches made by filling denim bags with concrete.
Through a Craigslist ad, Braiser has arranged to donate the seating to a school following
the exhibit.

-Mika Boyd’s “A Pair of Jeans Metamorphosis,” a long rope created from one pair of
jeans, which she manipulated into forms such as a swing and physical bindings.

Mika Boyd – A Pair of Jeans Metamorphosis.

Other images available upon request.
San Francisco Art Institute Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art in the US. Focusing on the interdependence of thinking, making, and learning, SFAI’s academic and public programs are dedicated to excellence and diversity.

For more information about academic and public programs at SFAI, please go to
www.sfai.edu or call (415) 749-4500.San Francisco Chronicle

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