Here After

Edited by Cara Megan Lewis, Linnéa Gabriella Spransy Neuss, Vicki Phung Smith, and Meaghan K. Ritchey
Contributions by Jonathan A. Anderson, Ted Gioia, Cara Megan Lewis, Linnéa Gabriella Spransy Neuss, Roberta Green Ahmanson, N. T. Wright, and Jennifer Sliwka

Designed by Content Object, Kimberly Varella
Casebound hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Bridge Projects, 2022
ISBN: 978-1-7336400-5-3
Dimensions: 7.5 × 10.5 in.­­
Separations: Echelon Color, Santa Monica, CA
Printing: VeronaLibri, Verona, Italy

The “Here After” exhibition at Bridge Projects offered dense and diverse responses to the concept, traditions, beliefs and the sheer unknowingness of the afterlife. Esoteric and profound questions emerge through the work of over 30 artists whose various approaches and traditions propose both the universal and entirely particular notions of the realms between and beyond life and death.

Sixth in Content Object’s publication collaboration with Bridge Projects, the Here After publication catalogues one of the gallery’s final exhibitions in their Los Angeles location. A hardcover with fluorescent ink and bronze foil, the book features five sections marked with tipped-in tissue-like pages offering a glimpse into the book’s focus on the thin veil between life and death. The book is divided into five sections: “Here and in Heaven,” “Here to Remember,'' “The Architecture of After,” “Between Here and After,” and “Hereafter and the Unknown.” Each is accompanied by a historical contextualization of their respective theme. The sections hold a selection of the 37 participating artists, many of which include excerpts from source texts supplied by the artists. Accompanying the plates and installation spreads are curatorial remarks about each work, plus excerpts from source texts each artist was invited to supply. Additional essays by Ted Gioia and Jennifer Sliwka discuss music in heaven, depictions of the heavenly realms throughout art history, and the explorations of paradise and the afterlife in contemporary art.

Photography by Ian Byers-Gamber