by Mat Dirjish
You’ve heard the phrase “starving artist” many times but you obviously don’t have to be an artist to starve. Poverty and hunger are easily achievable by those with the most meager of talents. This begs the question, art feeds the soul, but can it feed the people? Los Angeles-based artist Stephania Gambaroff is on a mission to answer that question by reestablishing the value of art and use it as currency to change the world.
Statistically speaking, of the two-million people residing in the city of Los Angeles, one in four struggles with food insecurity. Gambaroff is on a mission to change that with help from a non-binary, three-headed conjoined twin named Ozzy.
The artist plans to donate 100% of sales generated from her upcoming show at Gabba Gallery to Love More LA, a local non-profit dedicated to providing food for those in need. The show, you only live once (YOLO), is Gambaroff’s second solo show in Los Angeles and includes ten medium-sized works created for the show. The exhibit features oil paintings that weave together the precision and sensibilities of a formally trained artist with the gritty urgency and evocative energy of LA street art.
The exhibit also includes work that features Gambaroff’s signature character Ozzy, who embodies the ideas of otherness, identity, gender, and humanism that serve as prominent themes in Gambaroff’s work. After the show, Gambaroff and her team will work with Love More LA to deliver the food to complete the exhibit’s goal of feeding the people.
Gambaroff explains, “It’s a fact that art remains an expensive commodity that only a few people can afford. As an immigrant female street artist, I want to bridge the gap between free street art and studio practice while also helping Angelenos in need.”
YOLO opens January 22, 2022 and runs through February 12, 2022 at Gabba Gallery located at 3126 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057.
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