I lost one of my best friends earlier this year. His name was Artem Voevodin. It’s hard to describe him except to say Artem was an enigma to most. Few people were not envious of his way of life. He hopped trains across the country numerous times, built sculptures for festivals, painted graffiti, loved life and made friends every second of the way. People gravitated towards his energy and charisma, resulting in a truly amazing network of friends around the country. How could you not be envious of someone so loved and so free?
I knew Artem had been shooting photos, writing graffiti, painting, and essentially, documenting his life in whatever way he could. He was an artist at heart, but no one realized the extent of his art until after his death. Even I was oblivious as to how much he had created. From the gigabytes and gigabytes of photos, to the hundreds of drawings he had scattered around the country, the amount of work is truly amazing. I always told him to do something with his work, but he was more concerned with living than showcasing his talent to others. If no one ever saw Artem’s work, he wouldn’t have cared. I think his disinterest in showcasing his work was a reflection of his humbleness. He knew all of his artifacts came from special times in his life and that was enough for him.
We would like to share Artem's work with others. We could have easily just made a website and posted the photos. But that’s not the way these photos were taken. They were taken seamlessly while he was living in the moment. They were snapped and then left on an undeveloped roll of film and tossed in a drawer. His notebooks were filled, every last page, with drawings and Afri scribbled all over them, only to be thrown aside when he finished and moved on to the next notebook. We want to present the work in that same manner. We want to take his photos and drawings and give them the proper exhibit that Artem deserves.
With this Kickstarter, I’m trying to sustain the positive, enigmatic experience that was Artem. After his passing, with his families permission, I gathered the majority of Artem's photos and drawings. Our goal is to create a mobile exhibition of his work and take it to the cities in which he had a strong presence, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Dayton and Oakland. Our idea is to build-out a truck that will act a traveling gallery, an itinerant space that will showcase work no one has had the privilege to see. Additionally with his black book sketches and video clips, it will act as a celebration of Artem’s life for those who were not able to come to the funeral to pay their respects. This is for the hundreds of people who he called close friends that are unaware of the vast amount of work he kept to himself. I also want the people who never met Artem to come touch his work and hopefully leave with something positive. After the exhibition's completion, all of the work from the show will be distributed to his friends and family all over the country, with the intent of letting people have something tangible to remember the moment they shared with Artem.
The current funding goal includes the cost of printing and framing Artem's photos at about $2000. The truck and the build out to convert it into a traveling gallery will cost about $3,500 including lights, wood, paint, etc. The cost of production for the t-shirts and other rewards for backers $1,500. The fuel and other expenses are estimated to be approximately $4,000. The Kickstarter and Amazon Payment fee is $1225. When the exhibition is completed, the truck will be sold. This money and any extra money not used to fund the exhibition will be donated to Blue Sky project in Dayton,Ohio.
Kickstarter is all or nothing. This would be made possible ONLY if we reach our fundraising goal before the 30 day deadline. If we do not reach $12,225 by the deadline, no money changes hands. However, we can always raise more than our set goal as long as it's before the deadline. Show your support, especially early on, to help us generate momentum.
Tentative dates for show.
+ Friday July 4th - Cincinnati
+ Friday July 11th - Detroit
+ Saturday July 12th – Chicago
+ Friday August 1st – Oakland
+ Saturday August 23rd – New Orleans
+ Friday August 31st – Dayton
* Dates for the show are tentative and it would be amazing to add more stops to the show if we can raise the money to do so.
Risks and challenges
The main risk for this project is our truck breaking down. We have a little money built into the budget but any extra would be greatly appreciated to make any need repairs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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