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13 unique offset prints by 13 artists, each depicting a heretical person or movement, all put together in a nice silk-screened case!

WHAT IT IS- I'm raising funds for a portfolio project I'm curating & publishing on the theme of religious heretics, tentatively titled Witches & Mad Prophets. The final product will be 13 unique offset prints, each depicting a heretical person or movement, all put together in a nice hand-printed cardboard case!

THE ARTISTS-  A truly thrilling & diverse assortment of drawers, printers, carvers, paper-cutters. Click on the names for more info-

THE HERETICS- The finalized list is still in process, but everyone from religiously-inspired peasant uprisings to good witches who would battle evil witches to save crops to more familiar figures like Joan of Arc and the Witches of Salem will be depicted!

THE ORIGIN- I've long been fixated on medieval religious art and considered it one of my primary influences as an artist. From woodcuts to illuminated manuscripts to reliefs to Russian icon paintings, the intensity of the content, economy of gesture, intense stylization, flatness, themes of agony & transcendence- i get real excited about all these things. For a while now, I've wanted to make work that was not only influenced by this stuff, but more directly referenced it's themes. Being a non-religious person (raised Unitarian, currently vacillating between a halfhearted atheism and a vague glimmering of "spirituality") and certainly not a fan of hierarchical structures, I thought it'd be interesting to use the form to talk about the flipside of those usually depicted- those excluded, derided &/or persecuted by religious authorities for the nature of their being or belief.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES- Funds raised via Kickstarter will pay for my training to use the offset press at the AS220 community printshop, for the plates needed for the printing process, some nice paper to print on, cardboard for the cases, and if I'm lucky, to keep the lights on while I do all of this.

Any money above the $1500 goal will go to future print and publication projects!

FAQ

  • The paper size is 11 by 11 inches square- so the total package is something like the size of an LP. But don't worry, I won't just be stuffing them in old record sleeves...

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  • In one sense, you'll basically just be pre-buying the portfolio or whatever outright. But you'll also be funding me to do a bunch more projects- anything from a silkscreened book of collaborative drawings w/ Charlotte Desedouey (complete w/ musical soundtrack) to an illustrated short story collection to a series of apocalyptic prints i've been conceptualizing for a while now. If you sign up for the subscribtion option, you will get all these things!

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  • All prints are one color prints, but there will be a variety of colors represented! And they will be on fancy paper!

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    A copy of the portfolio plus a copy of Marche Ou Crève, a collaborative silk-screened artists' book by Erik Ruin & Charlotte de Sédouy, with original downloadable soundtrack by Dan Schleifer (What Cheer? Brigade, Bellows)! Both deliverable immediately upon their release.

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    A copy of the portfolio itself, plus an original papercut designed just for you by me (Erik Ruin)- 10 by 10"- subject negotiable. Postage paid within the US. Add $10 for international shipping.

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    A copy of the portfolio itself, original papercut and a yearlong subscription to all multiples (one of every print and publication) I make in 2012! (to be delivered at the end of the year)!

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    A five-year subscription to all multiples I make from 2012-1017! plus everything above! package delivered yearly! This is a lot of stuff for a lot of money!

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