Eight bridges connect the San Francisco Bay, so it is an apt name for a gallery platform that brings the Bay Area art world together.

Our mission is to maintain a vibrant gallery scene, despite restrictions on travel, celebrations and other larger gatherings. We want to support our artists by informing and entertaining curators, collectors and critics with potent online exhibitions of their work.

On the first Thursday of every month, we will launch 8 shows of artists relevant to the Bay Area. They may be working in this place, long considered an epicenter of change, or deeply engaged in the conversations the Bay Area holds dear, whether it’s related to technology, the environment, social justice or sexual identity, to name a few. In addition, each month will highlight the crucial work of a Bay Area non-profit arts organization as its beneficiary, with an initial donation led by Phillips.

Founding Committee

Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Chris Perez, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Jessica Silverman, and Elizabeth Sullivan

Ambassador Committee

Sayre Batton & Maja Thomas, Joachim & Nancy Bechtle, Matt Bernstein, Sabrina Buell, Wayee Chu & Ethan Beard, Natasha Boas, Douglas Durkin, Carla Emil, Matt & Jessica Farron, Lauren Ford, Ali Gass, Stanlee Gatti, Brook Hartzell & Tad Freese, Pamela & David Hornik, Katie & Matt Paige, Putter Pence, Becca Prowda & Daniel Lurie, Deborah Rappaport, Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg, Laura Sweeney, The Battery, Robin Wright, Sonya Yu & Zack Lara

Sponsors

Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program

François Ghebaly
Kelly Akashi
Bronze Candles

François Ghebaly is proud to participate in an online presentation of bronze sculptures by Kelly Akashi on the San Francisco based online platform 8-bridges, part of a month-long special exhibition celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The online viewing room will concentrate on Kelly Akashi’s recent bronze candle sculptures and is accompanied by a written conversation between Akashi and the artist Sharon Lockhart.

Candles have long served as an enduring emblem within Kelly Akashi’s practice. Short lived and luminous, candles act as captivators and embodiers of human attention. This presentation of bronze sculptures focuses on a quiet series within Akashi’s practice that sprung up in the tumult of 2020. For this series, Akashi burns paraffin candles to mark specific tragic events in the world as their ramifications are beginning to unfold—the murder of George Floyd (May 25-27, 2020), the explosion in Beirut (August 4-6, 2020), the murder of Asian women and others in Atlanta (March 16, 2021). She casts each candle’s spent mass in bronze and titles it with the dates of its burning, transforming its timespan from the immediate to the eternal. These works commemorate the sorrow and rage of life under the pandemic in America, where information feels infinitely available, hurtling toward us at great speed while the clock itself seems suspended. Absorbing a tragedy, burning a candle, setting her attention to it, and then transforming that object of focus into bronze—through this process Akashi interweaves consciousness with material, life with fire, and memory with the trace of what remains.

August 4-6, 2020
Bronze
4.5 x 13 x 8.5 inches
$12,500

May 23-26, 2020
Bronze
6 x 6.25 x 6.25 inches
$10,000

May 25-27, 2020
Bronze
5.5 x 13.75 x 7 inches
$12,500

March 16, 2021
Bronze
5 x 13 x 10 inches
$12,500