Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chris Buzelli - part of a group show fundraiser for Japan

Chris Buzelli is one amongst a large group of artists taking part in Water Works at Giant Robot 2. The event, which opened March 19 and goes until April 13th, is a benefit for UNICEF and child victims of the earthquake in Japan.

"What was months ago planned in the theme of water and as a benefit for clean drinking water, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has turned Giant Robot's Water Works show into a fundraiser for the devastation in Japan."

See below for the full press release, including the complete list of participating artists.

Chris's contribution for the show, "Fish Fountain":
Chris Buzelli - "Fish Fountain"
Full press release from

Water Works at GR2 - A benefit for UNICEF and child victims of the earthquake in Japan

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF) is raising funds to help children in Japan impacted by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. This is an unusual decision, as Japan is a donor to UNICEF, not a recipient of its assistance. However, due to the unprecedented nature of the epic disaster and its impact on children, resources are going to be critical in helping provide for the very unique needs of children. These may include health, development, and protection and other needs that may have been compromised or disrupted in the wake of the catastrophe. Giant Robot is proud to join the effort, and have asked many of our talented friends to create water-themed art to raise funds to support the efforts of UNICEF.

In addition to raising money by selling artwork, Giant Robot will be donating the following to UNICEF:

1. Proceeds from the sale of water bottles featuring labels created by artists and signed by celebrities.
2. Fifty percent of proceeds from Giant Robot’s small restaurant, gr/eats, on Saturday, March 19.
3. A percentage of all sales at Giant Robot, GR2, and GRSF during the weekend of March 18-20.
4. Raffles for donated merchandise including designer- and artist-signed items, GR gear, horseback rides, and other items.
5. Cash donations accepted for UNICEF.

Contributors include the following:

Andrice Arp Gary Baseman Chris Bettig Bigfoot Jude Buffum Chris Buzelli Louise Chen David Choe Luke Chueh Jesse Fillingham Renee French Ayako Fujitani Matt Furie Rodney Greenblat Katherine Guillen Joe Hahn Clement Hanami David Horvath Mari Inukai James Jean kozyndan Jesse LeDoux Lisa Ling Barry McGee Ryan McGinness Jeff McMillan Junko Mizuno Megan Mullally Gary Musgrave Mark Nagata Saelee Oh Bryan Lee O'Malley Nathan Ota Mu Pan Albert Reyes Jay Ryan Rob Sato Ryan Jacob Smith Deth P. Sun Jillian Tamaki Katsuya Terada Edwin Ushiro Esther Pearl Watson Daniel Wu Yoskay Yamamoto Kohei Yamashita This event is made possible by the generous help of Intertrend Communications, the most innovative, digitally savvy Asian marketing agency in the country. In addition, Intertrend has pledged to match the first $10,000 raised by proceeds and donations through Giant Robot.