Lauren DiCioccio, Red Memo Pad, 2011, (cover) hand-embroidery on felt, (pages) machine-sewn cotton (all materials and source object scavenged from the Public Disposal Area at Recology SF), 4 x 6 in., Courtesy of the artist and Jack Fischer Gallery.
From August through December 2013, the de Saisset Museum will showcase an exhibition called Reduce, Reuse, Re-Imagine. This on-campus art exhibit is the last segment of Ryan Reynolds' grant project for promoting the role of arts in creating sustainable communities. The show will feature the work of local artists who follow a zero-waste philosophy and who inventively reuse materials to create their pieces. Additionally, the exhibit will feature artwork by SCU students who have also adopted a similar philosophy of recycling and reusing materials, all of which would have otherwise been fated for a landfill.
Both Reynolds and his co-curator, Lindsey Kouvaris, Curator of Exhibits and Collections of the de Saisset Museum, hope that this exploration of arts and sustainability resonates with audiences and causes them to pay attention to the waste we create as a community and society. Reynolds comments that working on this project has changed his own perception of trash and hopes it does the same for others: “Whether one decides to repair, re-purpose, or engage in artistic creation, I hope audiences take away a renewed sense of the evolving usefulness of the everyday object that populate our lives.”
Learn more about the project from our archives.