To generate funds and support for the ACLU of Southern California.
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 at 5pm on Monday, November 1, 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.