Welcome! I'm visual artist Ian Trask. Allow me to tell you about my latest project.
Strange Histories is a collaborative art book. It's a unique approach to story-telling in which vintage photography is manipulated and brought to life by the creative minds of today.
In this book you will find a compilation of written stories that were inspired by a series of collages created from vintage 35mm slide photographs. The 38 stories contained within were collected during a three-year process of creative call-and-response with a group of 29 amazing friends and artists. In the foreword to the book, contributor Brandon Kaplan describes these stories as:
"...by turns funny, poetic, fabulist, political, and deeply personal. Their remarkable range in both style and substance bears out how a work of art can transcend individual experience, signifying many meanings among many people and connecting them all through a common point. The book maps a constellation of such connections between image and language, artist and patron, friends and strangers, past and present, expression and meaning."
List of Contributing Writers
Maximilian Bode - Sam Cohan - Evans Dickerson - Danielle Durchslag - Ryan Frank - Mary Gilliland - George Horner - Nancy Hubbard - Oliver Jeffers - Juleen Eun Sun Johnson - Colin Jones - Brandon Kaplan - Emma Katz - Laura Mandelson - Mason Miller - Anne Mourier - Richard Norris - Mac Premo - Linda Serrone Rolon - Yayoi Shionoiri - Risa Shoup - SpamBot - Daniella Trask - Ian Trask - Peter Treiber Jr. - Kevin Waldron - Margaret Withers - Aamir Wyne - Lucien Zayan
The finished product is a beautiful 120 page full-color hardcover book that I am incredibly excited to share with you!
Book Design by Project 13
To design the book, I reached out to Richard Norris, the incredibly talented mind behind the Project 13 creative services group. I knew that with Richard's vision we would do justice to all that amazing, hard-earned content. As expected, he and his team delivered, and I couldn’t be happier with the design.
History of my 35mm "Strange Histories" slide collages
Since 2012 I have collected over 15,000 35mm photographic slides. Over the years, as I took in this assorted collection - one image at a time and with an incredible amount of patience - I discovered that when I happened across just the right complimentary slides I could create fantastical double-exposures. Through hours of trial and error for each "Strange Histories" piece, I also found that the mashed up images were extremely evocative - complex intersections of culture, politics, memory, belief, empathy, and emotion.
When I exhibited this body of work, I frequently heard from others that the images conjured unexpected meanings and diverse interpretations for them as well. What I came to realize through those conversations was that my slide collages clearly had stories to tell. This simple idea was the seed that ultimately grew into the Strange Histories collaborative art book.
And now... we're READY FOR PRINT!
This is where you come in! We are not cutting any corners in the production of this project: I am laser-focused on delivering a high quality art book.
This fundraiser will help me offset a portion of the printing and production expenses. Come hell or high water I would like to be moving forward with printing this year, but admittedly it will be a LOT more difficult to execute if we don't hit our minimum goal of $15,000!
Our target is to print and ship the book by this year’s holiday season. It’s a tight deadline, but I’m confident that we can pull it off.
But hey - what’s in it for you, you ask? Well this is where it gets REALLY exciting. In exchange for your donations, I’m offering some cool rewards that I am incredibly proud of:
The primary reward is of course a signed copy of the book, which can be yours for a donation of $100.
These prints are a BRAND NEW way to enjoy "Strange Histories"! I'm offering dye sublimation prints (on aluminum) in a range of sizes.
These incredible and unique fine-art prints have a glass-like finish, keeping the surreal essence of "Strange Histories".
- 4" x 6" (mounting block not included)
- 12" x 18" (includes mounting block)
- 16" x 24" (includes mounting block)
- 20" x 30" (includes mounting block)
There are FOUR different "Strange Histories" collage images to choose from. You will be asked to specify your preference at the completion of the fundraiser. The options are:
THE ORIGINAL 35MM SLIDE COLLAGES
Your choice of one original 35mm slide collage presented in a vintage metal or handheld slide viewer. This reward comes with a custom-built shelf that easily mounts to the wall (optional). Choice limited to collages currently available in the studio - but there are many, including brand new collages that haven't even been shared yet!
- October 1- November 1: Campaign is live! We'll be finalizing the design and start reviewing with our printer.
- November: Production begins.
- Early December: Rewards printed & shipped. Our priority is to get you your reward(s) before the end of December.
How Else You Can Help?
Please spread the word about this project! Your buzz will go a long way. Share it on social media or by word of mouth, because these strange stories deserve to be told.
And a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to:
- the DONORS - your support makes this all happen.
- the AUTHORS - your creative energy and inspiration made this book the art piece that it is.
- and EVERYONE ELSE who lent me their sound advice and expertise.
Risks and challenges
We are moving along swiftly with this project, wrapped up in the awesomeness that is bringing a baby like this to life.
If we achieve funding through Kickstarter, there is absolutely nothing standing in our way of successfully delivering your rewards to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (31 days)