8 artists explore the collision of art, the environment, and Fracking in Wyoming's remote Red Desert.
The Wyoming Artist Expedition July 7th-21st, 2012
Examining the collision of art, the environment, and our economy
What: 8 artists will spend two weeks visiting Wyoming’s remote public lands, known as Wilderness Study Areas and Citizens Proposed Wilderness Areas, to better understand the environment, the scientific research, and the people making a living there and get a firsthand look at Public Land being drilled for oil and gas. The artwork produced from this experience will make up an exhibition that opens in cities across America including Laramie Wyoming and Cleveland Ohio (more locations to follow). We are raising money to cover the significant costs of travel, safety gear, and supplies for creating artwork. The perks for backing our project are some of the best of any project on Kickstarter. Please back our project!
Why: Wyoming remains one of the wildest places in the lower 48 states and is being drilled for oil and gas at an astounding rate. While we often think that America’s National Parks are the wildest, most remote, and most beautiful places in the Country, Wyoming’s Public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management rival any of our National Parks. In the center of the state is a shining example of this, the Red Desert. Roughly 6 million acres in size, the Red Desert has numerous endemic species, some of the last roadless areas in the lower 48 states, and one of the largest oil and gas deposits in the country. The Red Desert exemplifies the clash of environment, fracking, and the struggle of people in and around these areas to make a living. A development proposed last summer near Thermopolis, WY is over 400 square miles in size and would contain over 3,000 wells.
The goal of this trip is to see Wyoming’s rarely visited wilderness and Citizen Proposed Wilderness Areas, to better understand and document the energy boom, and to use art to communicate Wyoming’s special places at the center of the oil and gas drilling. Artists will meet with scientists, meet with oil and gas industry experts, and camp and hike in some of the most pristine and remote wilderness left in America. Artists have a unique ability to interpret the world visually. Artists will be challenged to communicate the importance of these public lands, America’s energy needs, and document what’s happening on the ground. Your support will help us safely experience these wilderness lands and create engaging deeply moving works of art.
Who: The Wyoming Artist Expedition brings together artists from Wyoming, Ohio, and Oregon across the country to produce works primarily on paper that address the uniqueness of the people and lands we’ll visit. Each artist will contribute to a group show that will open in Cleveland, Laramie, and other cities across the country. The participating artists have works in major collections and museums.
Our Artist Explorers
Lori Kella was born in St. Joseph Michigan in 1974. She received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1997, and later attended Cornell University where she received her MFA in photography. A selection of her recent work was exhibited at Gallery Drei, in Dresden, Germany, The Print Center in Philadelphia, Flux Space in Philadelphia, and Roy G Biv Gallery in Columbus. Lori Kella’s work has been featured in several other major exhibitions including a one-person exhibition, Lori Kella: Coordinates, as part of the Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Series at MOCA Cleveland and Global Anxieties: Nine Perspectives on a Changing Planet at the College of Wooster Art Museum. This work was also included in OAC Celebration of Creativity at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, and at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati. Kella has received two OAC Individual Fellowships Awards, and recently received a Creative Workforce Fellowship, from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture & Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Lori Kella lives in Cleveland, OH and she is currently a part-time Assistant Professor at Kent State University’s School of Art.
Michael Loderstedt’s work incorporates photography, printmaking, artist books and installation. He received his BFA in Printmaking from East Carolina University in 1981 and his MFA from Kent State University in 1985. His work is contained in various public collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Progressive Insurance, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Akron Art Museum, and the Kupferstich-Kabinett in Dresden, Germany. He has completed international residencies at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium and the Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden. His work has been recently been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Italy and Germany at the Santa Reparata Gallery in Florence, Italy, the Kulturrathaus in Dresden, the Alte Feuerwache Galerie in Loschwitz, and as part of Portrait 100 Project in Hellerau. Other recent exhibition venues have included the Print Center in Philadelphia and the International Print Center in New York and the City = Graphics exhibition at the Frank Taal Galerie in Rotterdam, Holland. Michael Loderstedt is a Professor of Art in Printmaking/Photography and the Graduate Coordinator of the School of Art at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Michael Loderstedt lives with his wife, photographer Lori Kella and their 8 year old son Ethan in Cleveland, Ohio near the shore of Lake Erie.
Mic Marusek is a commercial and documentary photographer who also works in mixed wet media. She has completed and shown two documentaries about water use in the border areas of Rio Del Mar in New Mexico, Texas and Mexico where she used to live. She values getting out in her own environments to capture subject matter with her cameras that she can later incorporate into narrative works of documentary photography or mixed media. In her current home of Portland Oregon she volunteers in her community to establish a healthy appreciation of intellectual pursuits with the local elementary school children. She also teaches commercial and fine art photography both at Portland Community College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is raising a daughter.
Lindsay Olson is a photographer and is currently getting her masters degree for International Studies at the University of Wyoming. Experiencing new cultures and new ways of life fuel her photography. Her frequent travels around the world comprise the bulk of her work. She enjoys the entire process of photography and takes great pride and consideration in her final product. She often frames pieces in found and discarded frames or items not originally intended to host photos. The subject of her photographs are often patterns in nature - the up-close surprising details that can be found. Other times she focuses on the deterioration of man made structures and objects. Most recently she’s been experimenting with adapting her photographs for screen printing. As a Wyoming native she continues to be amazed with Wyoming’s less known wilderness.
Jeff Hubbell is a Laramie, Wyoming native. He went to the University of Wyoming and received his Fine Arts Degree in Painting in 2007. His parents instilled a passion for travel at a young age that has continued to influence him. He does a lot of backcountry backpacking through wild places within the US as well as Internationally. When traveling Jeff is never without his camera and notebook, constantly recording what he sees to reference later when he returns to his studio. Although he majored in Painting in College, since graduating he has spent a lot of his artistic time Screenprinting. He and his partner, Lindsay, started their own Screen Printing and Logo Design business, 105 Degrees West LLC. They print their own unique hand-drawn t-shirts as well as small batch runs for local businesses. What started out as a way to sell affordable art to the public, and clothe their friends, has grown into a shared obsession and profitable business. Their shirts can be seen all around town, as can their art, which they regularly hang at rotating venues. Now that Jeff has managed to learn a lot of the tricks to printing shirts he is expanding to Screen Printing Limited Edition Paper Prints. Through this he is trying to meld his love for painting with his desire for production and affordability.
Jason Lehrer is an artist and organizer of the Wyoming Artist Expedition. He worked for six years as a community organizer in Chicago helping start two community organizations. After moving back to his home state of Ohio, he directed a community organization in Cleveland for seven years dealing with the vacant housing crisis, helped start the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, and continues working part of the year directing part of the OOC’s annual get out the vote effort. Jason has been producing his artwork full-time since 2009. Jason’s work has focused on landscapes, specifically America’s public lands. Jason played two years of College Football at Heidelberg College before transferring to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and graduating with a BUS degree focusing in Creative Writing and Literature. Jason’s love of the outdoors began in Boy Scouts. After graduating high school, he worked for a summer at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. His wife, also a UNM graduate, grew up in Laramie, Wyoming, and they’ve spent the last 15 years exploring Wyoming’s vast wilderness together.
•Other artists to be announced shortly
How Will the Money Be Spent?
· Transportation costs during the two weeks in Wyoming
· Materials for Artists to produce editions
* Significant costs of transporting the show from Ohio to Wyoming
· Hand-made paper from Cleveland’s own Morgan Conservatory
· Group Camping Gear
· Space Rental in town
· Food on the trail/in town
· Exhibition expenses - framing, advertising, etc.
· Stipends for scientists visiting us in the field
· Transponders in case of injury/getting lost and supplemental health/life-flight insurance due to remoteness of the areas we’ll visit
· Wilderness First Responder first aid course
· Leave no trace backpacking course
We set the goal at $3300 because it's our first time on Kickstarter, and we were worried that if we set the goal higher we wouldn't raise the money. The Participating artists know there's a chance we won't raise enough money to cover all their expenses. They are already paying for their transportation out to Wyoming, donating hundreds of hours of work on the artwork, and they are covering everything the $3300 doesn't cover beyond that because they believe in the project. If we raise more than $3300 we'll keep covering expenses for the artists and the thousands of dollars it will cost to move the exhibition once it's framed. We're taking the expenses one step at a time. Our first priority is having a safe and successful trip!
pledged of $3,300 goal
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May 3, 2012 - Jun 3, 2012
Pledge $10 or more
* Postcard from the Wilderness * Pledge $10 and receive a postcard signed by one of the artists on the expedition with an update on our trip. The card will be mailed from Wyoming.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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* Artist Designed postcard * Pledge $25 and receive an original artwork designed and printed by the artists going on the expedition. The artwork will be mailed from Wyoming during the trip.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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* Expedition Logo Performance Jersey t-shirt * Pledge $50 and receive a performance jersey t-shirt with a specially designed logo commemorating this year's expedition. Men's/women's sizes will be available. Apparel Designer Jeremiah Boncha from Asterisk Threads will be designing this year's logo. The same logo will be available as a hoodie. The jersey will be the high performance synthetic type (Boncha usually designs Ultimate gear for top teams and tournaments around the country). His designs are the bomb!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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* Expedition Logo Hoodie * Pledge $75 and receive a pull-over hoodie with a specially designed logo commemorating this year's expedition. Men's/women's sizes will be available. Apparel Designer Jeremiah Boncha from Asterisk Threads will be designing this year's logo. The same logo will be available as a t-shirt. The hoodie will be the pullover type with logo in front (Boncha usually designs Ultimate gear for top teams and tournaments around the country). His designs are the bomb! You want this.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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* Expedition Exhibition View Book - 9"x9"Hardcover with 20 pages * Pledge this amount and receive a view book with full color photos of artwork making up the exhibition. This hardcover book measures 9" by 9" and will have 20+ pages of awesome artwork, descriptions of the places visited by artists and many other insights into this awesome adventure. The Books will be signed by at least one of the artists going on the expedition. Order now!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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* 1 Limited Edition Exhibition Print * Back us at this level and you'll get one limited edition print from the official exhibition prints created by the artists going on this trip. When Artists return from Wyoming they will each produce artwork based on their experiences. Each Artist will produce a limited edition print that will be in the exhibition and will be the artwork you will receive for backing our trip at this level. You can specify the artist whose work you'll receive or you can get a randomly selected print from one of the artists. It's a first come first served selection process, so make your selection now! These will be original works created by the artists themselves and will be hand numbered and hand signed. Archival papers and inks will be used. Some will also be embossed with studio chop marks depending on where they are produced. These works will range in size all the way up to 24"x36". It all depends on what the artist chooses to produce. Our artists have works in major museums and private collections, so this is an amazing deal and way below what people will pay for the same works when the exhibitions open this fall/winter. If you've never owned a piece of art with serious depth, complexity, and beauty you won't regret it! These artworks will stand the test of time. Don't miss out! Back us at this level today!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $1,500 or more
* The Full Portfolio/suite of Official Artworks * Back us at this level and receive one official limited edition artwork from each of the participating artists on this year's expedition. (that means at least six prints and as many as 8 as we announce the final artists) Essentially, buy all the artworks and receive at least one free! When Artists return from Wyoming they will each produce artwork based on their experiences. Each Artist will produce a limited edition print that will be in the exhibition and will be the artwork you will receive for backing our trip at this level. These will be original works created by the artists themselves and will be hand numbered and hand signed. Archival papers and inks will be used. Some will also be embossed with studio chop marks depending on where they are produced. These works will range in size all the way up to 24"x36". It all depends on what the artist chooses to produce. Works produced will be a mix of prints- screenprints, woodblocks, etc- and photographs. Our artists have works in major museums and private collections, so this is an amazing deal and way below what people will pay for the same works when the exhibitions open this fall/winter. If you've never owned a piece of art with serious depth, complexity, and beauty you won't regret it! These artworks will stand the test of time. Don't miss out! This is the first year of what we hope will be an annual project so it will definitely be even more collectible! Get the full suite of prints today!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012