Fashion Exhibit Shows Beauty in Trash

By Nicholas Rizzi on June 4, 2012 7:35am 

Two dresses made mostly out of recycled plastic garbage bags by Staten Island artist, Gustavo Galvan. The dresses will be featured in his upcoming exhibit, "Shopping Bag Intricacies," at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
Two dresses made mostly out of recycled plastic garbage bags by Staten Island artist, Gustavo Galvan. The dresses will be featured in his upcoming exhibit, "Shopping Bag Intricacies," at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
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Snug Harbor Cultural Center

STATEN ISLAND — The new fashion is garbage.

A Staten Island art exhibit is showing off a whole wardrobe of clothes make from plastic bags.

 

 

 

Staten Island's Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Livingston, will show local artist Gustavo Galvan's collection"Shopping Bag Intricacies."

Galvan said his goal with the exhibition is to have people rethink the way they see these often discarded materials.

"Reuse and up-cycling of common materials is pervasive in my work," Galvan said in a press release. "This method allows me to combine my love of fashion with the sculptural design that is the heart of the pieces."

The exhibit marks the first public showing resulting from the Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program (S.H.A.R.P), which Galvan was selected to be part of earlier this year.

The program selects eight post-bachelor level artists for a two-month fellowship program. The artists are provided studio space, living accommodations at Snug Harbor and materials. Members of S.H.A.R.P are mentored by guest artists and curators of Snug Harbor to help establish careers in visual arts.

The next call for S.H.A.R.P fellowships will be in November.

"Shopping Bag Intricacies" will be shown by live models wearing the 11 recycled dresses on June 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The dresses will then be on display from June 13 to July 15 at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in Snug Harbor.

The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and children under 12 are admitted free.

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