Spirit: Art Afterlife

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A group exhibition and auction featuring the sculptural art of twenty contemporary artists playfully exploring life after death. 

To generate funds and support for the ACLU of Southern California.

Opening Reception 5pm-9pm Monday, November 1, 2021
Gold Bug invites you to spend part of your evening, on that celebratory day of Día de los Muertos, delighting in art and drink at the opening reception of Spirit: Art Afterlife. Please join the party of Friends, Family and Participating Artists! No RSVP necessary.

For the exhibit, Gold Bug has provided 20 contemporary artists with the same blank canvas on which to work, a three-dimensional ghost sculpture made by ceramic artist, Roberto Cambi. The finished collection will be put on display at Gold Bug and become available for purchase to the general public via online bidding at 5pm on Monday, November 1, 2021 and end at 5pm on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. The net proceeds generated from the show will be donated to the ACLU of Southern California.

The iconic ghost figures featured in the show were designed and fabricated specifically for the event by Italian-based artist, Roberto Cambi, who began working with ceramics early in life while studying at the Academia di Pittura in Faenza, the historic city known worldwide for its manufacture of majolica and glazed earthenware pottery. With a long career marked by international distinction in his field, Cambi’s work is recognizable for its playfulness and scale, oftentimes site specific and found in public spaces. In recognition of the deadliness of the COVID-19 virus worldwide and the nearly unavoidable loss of family and friend, it was important to Cambi that the collection take on a celebratory attitude, giving each sculptural spirit a smile.

The artists invited to embellish Cambi’s ghost sculptures draw on a mastery of craft derived from their individual involvement in a myriad of disciplines that include set and costume design, mechanical engineering, special effect prosthetic production, taxidermy display and miniature assemblage, glass art production, graphic design, fine art painting, photomontage mixed media work, metalwork, and more. On paper, perhaps an unexpected grouping of artists, but upon further examination intimately bound by their curiosity and appreciation for the natural world and its simulation. The collection as a whole represents a broad swath of contemporary surrealist work, asking the viewer to reconsider what they know about the genre today. And, to put a smile on their face. 

Participating Artists listed in alphabetical order by first name:
Brett Alan Nelson
Brooke Weston
Catherine Gisez
Chris Towle
Douglas Little 
Gustavo Rimada
Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez
Kristina Drake
Laura Kramer
Liz Huston
Mark Villalobos
Michael Campbell 
Michael Schmidt 
Nathalie Tierce
Roberto Benavidez
Rooted and Stitched
Sasha Camacho
Somsara Rielly
Steven Daily
Vincent Van Dyke

ACLU of Southern California
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California works to defend the civil liberties of all people as enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Through litigation, policy advocacy, media advocacy, and organizing, it fights to secure and protect the civil rights of all people  –  namely women, youth, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, immigrants and refugees, members of minority religions, people with disabilities, people experiencing poverty or homelessness, and people who are incarcerated.

Presented at Gold Bug Gallery
34 East Union Street 
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 744-9963
Online bidding at www.goldbugpasadena.com

Exhibition on view:  November 1, 2021 — December 15, 2021
Opening Reception : 5pm-9pm on Monday, November 1 
Online Bidding Opens: 5pm on Monday, November 1, 2021
Online Bidding Closes:  5pm on Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Gallery Viewing Hours:  Thursday-Tuesday 11am-5pm
* Masks required for entry.  No appointment necessary.