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A month-long painting/sculpture project this October in Johnson, VT
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Hi there! My name is Aaron Dunn and I just recently graduated from MICA in Baltimore. This upcoming October I will be participating in a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. 

This is an incredibly exciting point in my artistic career--and I am looking forward to joining the studio center's vibrant community and having access to its top-notch facilities for a four-week marathon of art making!

My recent sculptures explore the boundaries of painting, recasting the artist as a mad scientist or rogue plastic surgeon. Made from carved, poured & drooping latex paint, these creatures evoke a constantly shifting relationship between object & image, & explore the power play between creator & creation. I've been braiding, cutting, stitching, pouring, piercing & splicing paint; while at the Studio Center I'll be making these creatures even bigger and weirder--and farther away from the wall!

The Vermont Studio Center's residency fee is $4000, but my cost has been reduced to $2300 with the help of a $750 artist grant as well as a $600 work-exchange grant. 

I'm on kickstarter to raise $3,000. This $3,000 covers the remaining expenses:

$2,300 for residency fees

$600 for travel to Johnson, Vt from Baltimore, MD; and back.

$100 for art supplies for the residency and shipping of rewards.

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising program, which means that if I don't raise my projected monetary goal, then none of the funding goes through. Thus, I've set my project goal to $1,000--but I need to raise $3,000.

I've got great PRIZES lined up for anyone who donates to the project--real pieces of my art! It's a great opportunity to collect some things for a constructive cause. More specifically:

-- Juicy original screenprints pulled by me

-- Original limited edition linocuts

--Limited Edition giclee digital prints

--Two different zines

-- Actual paintings from my studio

--The opportunity for a specially commissioned piece

Thank you so very much for your support !! I truly appreciate it.

--Aaron

see more work at www.aaron-dunn.com

Here are images of the reward pieces in descending order. Larger images can be seen on my website at: http://aaron-dunn.com/index.php?/print/leo-belgicus/

A Hel

B Brotherland

C Leo Belgicus

D The New Natives I

E The New Natives II

F The New Natives I (Chine Colle)

G Islands

THANK YOU!

Much thanks to the amazing Courtney Corcoran, who filmed the video and provided the original piece of music in the background with the permission of Dead Mellotron. 

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    You have my deepest and most enthusiastic thanks. Please take one giclee 5x7 Heads print and and a handwritten thank-you note to prove it.

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    Thanks so much! I'm pleased to offer you a copy of a zine I recently published with some friends entitled Hot Dice. Hot Dice was a group show I put on with some amazing artists, and we had a limited edition poster-zine combo made in full color on newsprint to celebrate the exhibition. You'll receive a copy of the beautiful 22X30 poster, which features my piece 'Flayed'; as well a copy that has been folded into the Hot Dice zine.

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    I am delighted to offer you TWO limited edition 5X7 giclee prints from the Heads series and a handwritten thank-you note!

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    Get TWO limited edition 5X7 giclee prints of drawings from the Heads series and a handwritten thank-you note!

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    I am delighted to offer you one of the 5x7 prints in combination with a limited edition 11"x15" screenprint entitled 'Hel'. Check lower in the listing to see a picture, it's (A)

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    You're incredible! I am delighted to offer you a giclee Heads print as well as a copy of my zine, which currently is a secret in-progress operation. It's a group of zoomed-in scans of recent layered painting work, exploring the complex strata of paint buildup in the Heads series. I'll be posting sneak peeks soon!

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    I am delighted to offer you one of the 5X7 prints; a limited edition 13"x22" screenprint entitled Brotherland; and a handwritten thank-you note! Check lower in the listing to see a picture, it's (B).

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    You rule! I am delighted to offer you a 5x7 limited edition Heads print as well as a 22x30 woodcut from the New Natives series. There are two copies available of each print, your choice of which one you'd like, both are at the bottom of the listing. They are (D) and (E).

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    You're a truly beautiful human. I am delighted to offer you either Homer or Flayed from the Heads series. These guys are the first picture on this page. Solid carved latex paint, with some interesting embellishments.

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    Just for one person: a specially commissioned head of whomever you choose or whoever you've made up--you, your sister, your imaginary friend, your first dog, Bruce Springsteen, Sarah Palin, your mailman, you name it. These heads hang suspended off the wall with some simple hanging tools, and are my own unique hybrid of painting and sculpture, made of pure latex paint. A must-have for any fine art collection, grotesquerie, or manly grouping of taxidermied wall trophies.

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    Thanks so much! I'm delighted to offer you your choice between three paintings: Kiss Kiss, Into Everything, and Falling In, all of which you can see on my website. (www.aaron-dunn.com.) Here's the link for Into Everything: http://aaron-dunn.com/index.php?/images/into-everything/. The first two paintings are both oil on canvas, and around six feet square; while the second is 4x8 feet, oil on masonite board! Huge pieces to enjoy for years to come. We'll have to make specific shipping/pickup arrangements for these pieces, and the buyer is responsible for the shipping cost.

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    I am delighted to offer you a 5X7 limited edition print from the Heads series; a panoramic, limited edition 13x30 screenprint entitled Leo Belgicus; and a handwritten thank-you note!

    Check lower in the listing to see a picture of the print, it's (C).

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    Seriously, I love you. Please take two 5x7 limited edition prints and a chine-colle 22" x 30" woodcut from the New Natives series as a token of my gratitude! See the print at the bottom of the listing, it's (F).

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    You rock! Take my original screenprint Islands, which is the very last remaining print from this edition! This full-bleed 22x30 screenprint was monoprinted and screenprint by hand, with a three-color background gradient and hand inking. See the picture below, it's (G).

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