capturing a thread of the current zeitgeist of the united states through portraiture
Hi, my name is Shawn Bonsky. I have been painting for quite some time now, about sixteen years really.
Four or five years ago I attended an exhibit at the Met museum in NYC that showcased portraiture by European artists from 1920s. What particularly struck me was that many of the subjects were just friends and associates of the artists. It was then that I realized how important it is for artists to capture the look and feel of current times so future generations may see more of how we lived.
I also feel that these United States have places that warrant being remembered and even glorified in art. Which leads to this project's goal: portraying contemporary people alongside places of artistic or historical significance in each of the fifty states.
My goal is to travel to each state for approximately four or five days. Each day will be dedicated to exploring the subjects and sketching the landmarks with some time allotted for travel and inclement weather.
The subjects of each painting-- landmark and individual-- will be chosen by those who pledge the highest denomination. Subjects of states which are not represented at the end of the funding period will be decided at random from amongst willing donators.
In order to complete this project I will need funding for travel, lodging, food, and any other incidentals. Once the traveling/research part is complete I will need funding for supplies such as canvas, wood, paints, and brushes. All told it seems that $10,000 will be the bare bones minimum needed to complete this project.
For those of you interested in what the postcards will look like, I have made a couple for examples:
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The biggest challenge I will probably face is thinking of different animals to paint for each post card. I'm sure I can overcome it by looking at pictures of random animals on the internet.
Yes! i want to paint things. you want to be painted by me. its a match made in the stars. even if the project doesn't reach the necessary goal, i will still do my best to paint people that donate. so if you are interested please donate so i can know to contact you once the funding period is over.
Yes! Please help me spread the word about this project. I want everyone who likes the project to get a postcard, so just post about it and tell people to repost to get postcards of their own. the simple way for me to know that you have do this is to go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/boringbot/224600293831 and share the post at the top of the page there.
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Pledge $10 or moreYou selected
postcard sent from the landmark in the state of your choice with paintings of animals or whatnot on it.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $25 or moreYou selected
three postcards sent from the landmarks in the states of your choice with animals or whatnot painted on the front of them. you also get to choose what animals you want painted! what fun!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $50 or moreYou selected
2 prints of paintings of your choice plus the $25 reward.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
5 prints of paintings of your choice plus the $25 reward with two bonus postcardsEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $250 or moreYou selected
1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)
you choose the landmark for one of the states. also either: 1) you get a souvenir from said landmark hand painted as well or 2) a 10"x10" painting of said landmark. also, the $25 reward. states are first come first serve.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
6 backers Limited (44 left of 50)
you get to be in one of the paintings. since you are in it, i suppose you get to keep it as well. obviously there can only be fifty of these. limit one per state so claim a state when you pay!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $1,000 or moreYou selected
5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)
Mega reward! You get the same reward as the $500 people but you get to bring someone else along with you, and the painting is now double size! score! each one of these changes the limit on the $500 by one for obvious reasons.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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