sfai news

January 12, 2011

SFAI/Levi Strauss & Co. Present Sustainable Sculpture Exhibition

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 the Diego Rivera Gallery on the 800 Chestnut Street campus.

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 exhibit was featured on ABC7s arts and entertainment news coverage. Watch the segment.

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.