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Alumnus takes fashion sense from repurposed shopping bags
7/05/12

Gustavo Galvan, artist, designer, stylist, and member of the AU class of 2010, is putting his fashionably conscious work on display in “Shopping Bag Intricacies,” now through Sunday, July 15, 2012 at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art on the campus of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Livingston, Staten Island.

One of eight artists from the Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program (SHARP), Gustavo’s exhibit is all “wearable structures” made from recyclable materials. He spent his eight weeks in SHARP fabricating a wardrobe of dresses or art or both, even as they provide lessons in recycling and sustainability.

Gustavo’s work is described as festive with decorative flourishes and color. Nearly everything in the collection is made out of repurposed shopping bags from the flimsiest plastic and crunchiest brown paper to sleek, glazed upscale bags. Woven, braided, dyed, draped, painted, glued, folded, pleated and gathered, they often assume familiar-looking dress shapes.

The fashions may be viewed Tuesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission is $5; $4 for students/seniors; free for ages under 12. For more information call 718.425.3524.

house Center for Contemporary Art on the campus of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Livingston, Staten Island.

One of eight artists from the Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program (SHARP), Gustavo’s exhibit is all “wearable structures” made from recyclable materials. He spent his eight weeks in SHARP fabricating a wardrobe of dresses or art or both, even as they provide lessons in recycling and sustainability.

Gustavo’s work is described as festive with decorative flourishes and color. Nearly everything in the collection is made out of repurposed shopping bags from the flimsiest plastic and crunchiest brown paper to sleek, glazed upscale bags. Woven, braided, dyed, draped, painted, glued, folded, pleated and gathered, they often assume familiar-looking dress shapes.

The fashions may be viewed Tuesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission is $5; $4 for students/seniors; free for ages under 12. For more information call 718.425.3524.