Artist Matthew Whitenack will distress a 2'x5' banner that reads "HOPE" by dragging it 650 miles through the desert.
The 650 mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail from Walker Pass (east of Bakersfield) to Campo (at the Mexican border) will be the stage for a month-long performance. Starting around the beginning of November I will head South from Walker Pass with a 2' x 5' banner in tow. My goal is to drag the banner which reads "HOPE" behind my pack for the entire 650 miles across the high desert to the Mexican border.
Hope is essentially an abstract/ airy ideal. It does not exist concretely or finitely so that it can be wholly valued or quantified. Since the word "hope" was used as an Obama campaign slogan the administration and the word have been very closely associated. I am concerned with the way that these two things have been linked. As the Obama administration is valued- determined by critics to be successful or to fail, hope is dragged along with it, objectified, valued, and determined to have succeeded or to have failed.
I Intend to distress a manufactured "HOPE" in the way that a sculptor or carpenter distresses a material in order to increase its attractiveness and up its value. Dragging the banner through the dirt will have a positive rather than negative effect on the value of the art object as well as on this particular instance of hope.
The banner is white on white (white background and white lettering). The letters will become more visible as they pick up the color and texture of the trail.
This segment of trail, especially the area close to the border, is significant in that hope is tested here daily: emigrants hope to make it into this country. The desert is a brutal environment: controversial terrain embodying failed policy.
I will document the entirety of the performance with video and photography. One camera, attached to my hat, will show what lies ahead, and one camera will be trained on the banner.
Sometime next year the banner and the edited footage will be auctioned online, literally defining the art object's value.
In order to pull this off I need some financial support. The money raised for this project will be used for cameras (video and still), memory for the cameras, transportation, food, the banner, replacement gear- in short, this will be a very involved and pricey endeavor. My goal of $2000 will just begin to finance the project.
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DVD with custom jewel-case artwork chronicling the month long trek through the dessert. The DVD will feature footage from the performance, interviews describing the project, as well as one-of-a kind audio from months on the trail. THIS DVD IS GUARANTEED TO BE A JOYFUL VIEWING EXPERIENCE!
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For a $75 pledge you will receive an unframed, signed, approx. 24" x 24" photographic print from the performance as well as the DVD mentioned above. The print is a limited edition of 30.
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In the spirit of selling myself in order to raise money for this project, a $175 pledge will get you a limited edition novelty id (fake drivers license) featuring my name, image, and signature, as well as the DVD. This is really fun!
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This is the deluxe package! For $225 you get the Matthew Whitenack novelty id, along with a DISGUISE KIT including hiker whiskers (fake beard), custom ball cap, and a vile of dirt from the desert to be applied to exposed skin. You will also receive the DVD.
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