A solo exhibition by UK-born visual artist Stuart Sandford in New York.
***UPDATE: As part of my commitment to giving something back to the gay community who have always been supportive of my work, and as a gay man who's life has been touched by those effected by HIV/AIDS, once the funding for the exhibition is successful, I'll be donating $500 of pledge money to Visual AIDS, a New York based charity which utilises art to fights AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy. I will also donate another $500 from exhibition sales when the show is up and running.***
Hi, my name is Stuart Sandford and I'm an artist from the UK currently based in Brooklyn, New York. I mostly work with photography and video and you can see some of my work and what I've been up to lately on my website here.
I want to present an exhibition of my photographic work since 2004 here in New York.
Back in 2004, whilst living and studying in the UK, and inspired by photographers and artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Nan Goldin, Terry Richardson, and Ryan McGinley, I began photographing my friends and lovers. I wanted to document that period in our lives and took my little 35mm Yashica T5 camera with me almost everywhere I went. As a young gay man who grew up in a small town constantly exposed to the negative stereotypes of gay life, I wanted to make the photographs a celebration of being young and gay and didn't shy away from positive images of sex and relationships.
With the eventual idea that I would collect all the photographs in a book, I tentatively called the work The Best Way To Learn A Foreign Language Is In Bed. I've exhibited some of the photographs in group exhibitions in the UK, Europe and Australia and received a great response to them. However, one thing I've wanted to do for a while now is show them in New York.
With that in mind, what I'm aiming to do is present an exhibition of all the photographs I took between 2004-2007 in late summer 2011 in New York and exhibit them altogether for the first time in one space. Along with some newer works, including my Cumfaces series and a a number of recent video works, I want to present the photographs in their entirety (and there are approximately 70 images in total, ranging in size from 12 x 18 inches to 30 x 40 inches) in a fun, provocative manner in an alternative space outside the usual white cube gallery.
The photographs in the video above are mostly "safe for the office", however, you can see more of my work by visiting the following link which is NOT safe for the office ;)
The funds raised for this project will be used to print, mount and frame the works, as well as to hire the space. The remainder will be used to cover publicity and the fulfillment of pledge rewards. My target goal is to raise a minimum of $15,000, but the more I raise then the better the show will be. It doesn't have to stop there either as, once all the works are printed and the New York exhibition is complete, they can then be exhibited in other spaces, in other cities (LA) and in other countries (UK, Germany), further expanding their exposure and the audience for them
To mount an exhibition of this type and this quality costs more money than I could possibly invest on my own and that's why I'm using Kickstarter. I'm not represented by a gallery and have always worked independently, so the exhibition will only go ahead with your support.
A NOTE ON FUNDING
Kickstarter works on an all or nothing pledge basis. If the $15,000 goal (or more) is reached on June 27th, your card will be charged on that date for the amount of pledge you specified. If it doesn't reach the goal, you pay nothing at all.
Cumfaces #6, 2007
Blow Job, 2009 (extract)
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May 23, 2011 - Jun 27, 2011 (35 days)
Pledge $1 or more
A big THANK YOU and a personal invitation to the opening of the exhibition in New York. Nice!
Pledge $25 or more
A personal invitation to the opening in New York and a 4 x 6 postcard of one of the works from the show. Cool!
Pledge $100 or more
12 backers Limited (88 of 100 left)
An invitation to both the opening and the after party in New York, as well as a new 8 x 10 inch limited edition (of 100) C-type print photographic work by Stuart Sandford which will only be available here. Each edition will be signed, numbered, dated, titled and dedicated to YOU personally. Sweet!
Pledge $250 or more
4 backers Limited (46 of 50 left)
A new 8 x 10 inch limited edition (of 50) C-type print photographic work by Stuart Sandford which will only be available here. Each edition will be signed, numbered, dated, titled and dedicated to YOU personally. PLUS an invitation to both the opening and the after party in New York. Get in!
Pledge $500 or more
2 backers Limited (23 of 25 left)
All 12 of my 2007 Cumfaces series which has been published and exhibited internationally. These prints are 8 x 10 inch Lambda C-type prints, signed, dated and numbered on the reverse. PLUS an invitation to both the opening and the after party in New York AND a private tour of the exhibition. Awesome!
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (4 of 5 left)
A new 20 x 30 inch limited edition (of 5) C-type print photographic work by Stuart Sandford which will only be available here. As above, each edition will be signed, numbered, dated, titled and dedicated to YOU personally. PLUS an invitation to both the opening and the after party in New York AND a private tour of the exhibition. Totally rad!
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
A new 30 x 40 inch unique photographic work mounted on aluminium by Stuart Sandford which will only be available here. This unique work will be signed, numbered 1/1, dated, titled and dedicated to YOU personally. Also, signed copies of each of my three books (Cumfaces, 2007, Luc, 2009 and Untitled, 2009). PLUS an invitation to both the opening and the after party in New York, a private tour of the exhibition AND dinner and a movie with the artist. Hell yeah!