Kickstarter's First Art Show
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As part of our Block Party on Saturday, May 3rd, we're hosting the first ever art show at our new gallery.
The show will feature a survey of pieces made by artists who used Kickstarter to fund their work, and it ranges across multiple forms of media: photography to paintings, prints to installation pieces, digital work to interactive art. It's a wide variety of styles, and that's something we're excited about sharing. (For a complete listing of the artists in the show, go here.)
To get prepped, we asked some of the artists a couple questions.
What can people expect when they come to see your work on Saturday?
Amanda Browder, conceptual artist: Future Phenomena is a large scale fabric installation that will be draped on the facade of the new Kickstarter building for the street festival. The piece was originally displayed in Greenpoint on Eagle and Manhattan in 2010. It was sponsored by NBArt and the Brooklyn Arts Council. We used Kickstarter to help raise additional funds. All the fabric in the piece was donated by people of Brooklyn and was sewed together by local volunteers. We held three public sewing days that were held at local schools and churches.
I started this project as a way for me to get to know my neighbors. As gentrification and high rents rise, I did not want to be another nomadic artist. This project introduced me to my neighbors, the landlords, priests, councilman, etc. of Greenpoint and beyond. The piece is supposed to draw your eye up, and have a feeling of shock and awe. A bright change to an everyday location.
Jeremy Bailey, new media artist: They will find a larger-than-life sized augmented reality Important Portrait of me based on Munich Dürer's Self-Portrait, considered by many to be the most ego-centric painting ever conceived.
Marshall Arisman, painter: All Buddhism is based in the concept that true enlightenment can only occur in the space between the angels and the demons. In my studio I have one wall of paintings of angels and one wall of paintings of demons. My art work that is hanging in the Kickstarter art show is a digital print of an angel, part of a limited edition done specifically for Kickstarter. The viewer will have to supply their own demon.
Heather Hart, multimedia artist: People should expect to interact with my drawing! There are usually "no touch" rules applied to gallery work, especially 2D work, but part of my piece asks the viewer to complete it by pressing a piece of gold to it in exchange for their wish. By the end of the show the drawing will glimmer with documentation of everyone's hopes.
If your art were an animal, what animal would it be and why?
Jeremy Bailey: It would be a dolphin playing electric guitar, because it's awesome and shouldn't exist or even be possible, but it does because of Kickstarter backers, and it's magnificent.
PS: I had a really hard time finding any image of a dolphin playing electric guitar, which makes me think a Kickstarter should exist to create a stock image library dedicated to this cause.
Marshall Arisman: If my work were an animal it would be an eland. I have a strong sense that my animal helper in this life is an eland. I have no rational explanation for this but the animal's presence is always with me.
Heather Hart: A fox. Definitely a fox. Depending on which indigenous culture you look to, the fox is magical, wise, tricky, shapeshifting and playful.
Amanda Browder: A parrot — it's bright, colorful and is not always afraid to stand out. Plus, a flock is more impressive than one singular parrot. They sometimes work collaboratively for the benefit of the group.