An exploration of two extreme yet often overlapping human emotions. Interactive installation, new technology art, animation and drawing
My name is Nathan Sharratt and I'm an artist living in Atlanta, GA.
The Politics of Love and Hate is an interactive exhibit that already has a space secured and an opening date (Oct. 8th). I need your support to complete the interactive installation.
Update: Dashboard Co-Op has just officially announced the Ground Floor show! Eight artists will be in 5 vacant buildings along Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta, featuring live music and more. And it's free!
Ink, gouache and graphite silhouette. 26" x 43"
So why are we here?
We're here because I need your help to complete my thesis exhibit! I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of Dashboard's artists for the Ground Floor exhibit in October, and while they offer lots of promotional and logistical support, they don't commission the actual artwork. That means each artist is on their own to finance their art.
That's where you come in, Internet! I need your help to make this happen!
I've got some really cool rewards exclusively for my Kickstarter supporters that you can't get anywhere else, and this is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor (pun!) and get some really cheap art.
What you may or may not know about me and my work is that I work very hard to create art that connects you to yourself, you to me, and us to the world around us. I put everything I have into my art so that you, the viewer, can get something out of it, whatever that "something" may be.
If you want to just go along with the ride and have a good time, that's great. If you want to dig a little deeper, well, that stuff's there too.
Having this show is an incredible opportunity for me and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it.
An example of a cut paper and hand-painted gouache silhouette. 6"x 6"
Cut paper and hand-painted gouache example. 8" x 12" Available at the $100 level.
What's it about?
What I'm exploring in this show is two things that make me—and I think a lot of people—really uncomfortable, which is sex and violence. More specifically how we relate to sex and violence and the emotions that cause them, and how they so often overlap and make a really confusing mess of things. I'm also interested in how we like to separate our public and private mores and what we deem socially acceptable in those arenas.
This show is probably not appropriate for children.
Where I need your help, internet, is with logistical things like framing, but most importantly the interactive installation part of the show. I'm really big on breaking down barriers between art and audience, and my whole show is centered around this interactive installation.
I can't tell you too much about what it's going to be because I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone, but it involves public versus private social mores, personal editing, and includes projected animations in the style of the silhouette image above.
Below is a short sample (SFW) of the animation that will be featured in the installation:
Detail of a plotter-drawn silhouette in white and gold pen on paper.
Plotter-drawn print. 8" x 12" Available at $10 level and up.
Two-color die-cut example paper print. 8" x 12" Available at $25 level and above.
I'm also including some new-technology art that uses fuse-deposit modeling from a rapid-prototyping machine. The machine uses heated plastic to "print" a 3D object, so I'm using the printer to make some computer-generated 3D silhouette drawings. It's a really low-resolution printer, and not really useful for highly-precise work, but I love the handmade quality it has. I'd really like to see what this machine can do, but right now I'm using my former school's printer, and my access to it is limited. Each 3"x3" section takes about two hours to print. For a 21"x21" drawing model, that's about 80 hours of printing. Yowsa.
Detail of rapid-prototyped 3D drawing mounted on panel. 24" x 24"
The money will also be spent on model fees for the animation reference, framing and aluminum backing for the 3D and 2D prints, and other materials like a recirculating water pump that will dissolve a water-soluble plastic sculpture.
I want to make this show as awesome as possible, so please consider supporting and promoting my project on the Twitters and the Facebooks and with all your social media buddies.
I know that the subjects I'm tackling aren't exactly PG, but I think Atlanta could use a bit of a shot in the arm. There's a lot of really innovative work going on and a lot of talented people are trying to change the praxis down here, but there are also no small number of highly established and highly conservative art and art institutions. I think Atlanta really struggles to stand out among its big-city brethren because of this, and I'd like to help change that. I want Atlanta on the map as an art powerhouse, I think we have the talent here to do that, I think we just need to keep taking risks and keep supporting the more challenging art.
Thank you internet, I love you.
International backers, please add:
- $5 to your pledge of $10 and up
- $10 to your pledge of $50 and up
- $15 to your pledge of $200 and up
to cover shipping!
A bit about my art: If you live in the Atlanta area, you can check out my interactive performance which the Atlanta Journal Constitution has called "bold and subversive," called Be My Blood Brother. It is installed in an empty storefront (6 Decatur St. NE, Atlanta) in Underground Atlanta as part of Elevate//Art Above Underground. Check out some pics here and a featured article here.
I'll be doing performances there intermittently through October 30th.
The show's theme is the physical and emotional expression of love and hate. Some folks may want to support but might prefer a more PG image as a reward. So I'm offering more abstracted images as reward options.
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All of the above, plus a 3D-printed drawing/sculpture of "Nathan Sharratt Loves [Your Name]" OR "Nathan Sharratt Hates [Your Name]" That will be featured in the actual exhibit! PLUS you get to keep it when the show comes down!! *Kickstarter Exclusive!Estimated delivery:
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All of the above plus a custom 11" x 14" silhouette portrait of you or your family! If you are in the Atlanta area, we will schedule a time where I can take your photographic portrait to use as the reference for the silhouette drawing. Or, you can send me a clear image and I can work from that.Estimated delivery:
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