In March of 2011, I was driving along a highway by the Great Salt Lake. I looked out my passenger window and saw written on a concrete barrier at a rest stop the words I MISS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU. The gigantic letters were scrawled in black spray paint.
Since it was graffiti, that section of the wall was either cleaned or replaced by the county. Several months later, when I passed the rest stop again, the words had been erased. But I couldn't forget the vulnerable desperation those five-words on vertical concrete offered.
In a society with almost unlimited electronic means of publication, the five hand-written words were a witness for the power of language to create a physical site of connection.
"How to Write a Crazy Love Letter" was an essay written on seven posters which I mailed or gave to 275 close friends, acquaintances, and strangers—who, out of the kindness of their hearts, curated the exhibition over seven days, across the country, with hardly any advanced warning.
"Acceptable Reasons to Cry in Public" was curated and funded by Kickstarter users who became part of the public spectacle essay by contributing to the essay and then curating the posters nationally and internationally.
Reading through the responses to the survey changed me, and my best friend and I felt humbled as we sent the posters into areas of the world that were experiencing active trauma and conflict. We had one curator in Israel. We had many curators in New Jersey, and Hurricane Sandy hit only two weeks before the exhibition.
None of us who helped curate the project will ever know the reactions and feelings of all the people who viewed the posters, but I felt connected as I printed them and sent them off into the world.
The final installation in the series is "I Miss Everything About You". The five words are both a love letter and an essay of grief. I'm curious to see what will happen as we honor these words with this installation.
When you support "I Miss Everything About You", you'll help out with printing costs, material costs and shipping costs, and you'll also become a part of the project. Everyone who backs the project will receive a survey to fill out about a person they miss. I'll use the survey responses to compose the exhibition essay (and its extensions on Twitter + Instagram).
I'll letterpress print this essay across four 11 x 17 posters (each poster will host a different section of the essay). The edition of 350 (that's 1400 posters!) will be posted in multiple cities—hopefully yours!—on July 31st 2015.
It's going to be lovely!
I Miss Everything About You. Edition of 350. Will be printed at the Book Arts Studio in the J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.
THE EDITION & DISTRIBUTION:
300 sets will be printed on 11 x 17 Ivory (20 lb) Hammermill paper.
50 sets will be limited edition, archival posters. These will be printed on 11 x 17 pure white construction (140 lb) by French Paper co.
- Postage: $900
- Printing & Project materials: $1200 (paper, envelopes, shipping materials, photopolymer plates & negatives, website, studio donation, etc.)
- Kickstarter fees: $105 (or 5% of money pledged)
- Payment related fees: $105 (or 3-5% of money pledged)
Pledge $1 or more - You will receive the project survey and all the project updates. Thank you so much for your support!
Pledge $20 or more - Yay! You are now an official CURATOR and we get to send you the "I Miss Everything About You" essay in a gigantic envelope! As curator, you will install (& document) 3 of the 4 broadsides somewhere in a public place. You will keep the 4th broadside as your official thank you prize.
Pledge $75 or more - You are now an official PATRON of the project! You will receive a gigantic envelope with one "I Miss Everything About You" LIMITED EDITION set (4 posters) printed on heavyweight, archival, white paper. You will keep and/or display the posters in a way that also allows you to archive them.
Pledge $90 or more - You are now an official CURATOR & PATRON of the project! We will send you an "I Miss Everything About You" installation set to curate (4 posters). As curator, you will install (& document) 3 of the 4 broadsides somewhere in a public place. You will keep the 4th broadside as your official thank you prize.
You will also receive one LIMITED EDITION "I Miss Everything About You" set (4 posters) printed on heavyweight, white paper to archive.
Pledge $300 or more - You are now an official CURATOR & SERIES ARCHIVIST. We will send you an "I Miss Everything About You" installation set to curate (4 posters). As curator, you will install (& document) 3 of the 4 broadsides somewhere in a public place. You will keep the 4th broadside as your official thank you prize.
You will also receive the complete "Public Spectacle Essay" series ("How to Write a Crazy Love Letter" (7 posters); "Acceptable Reasons to Cry in Public" (4 posters); "I Miss Everything About You" (4 posters) to archive.
Risks and challenges
I print at a university studio, so I share printing presses with many other people. To prepare for potential press-sharing obstacles, I've made sure I have plenty of days to print in the studio—allowing for extra days in case there is a delay.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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