This project's funding goal was not reached on April 10, 2013.
This project's funding goal was not reached on April 10, 2013.
The Enduring Passion for Ink will make contemporary Chinese ink painting accessible to a wide audience. When I began working on this project I had no idea that contemporary Chinese ink would become the hot topic it is today. Last year the British Museum showed contemporary Chinese ink, and later this year the Metropolitan Museum will do so. Christie's and Sotheby's are holding private sale exhibitions of contemporary Chinese ink in New York this month (March). I have worked on some of these exhibitions, and they go far to introduce the topic. But film can do so much more to bring ink painting to life!
“The Enduring Passion for Ink: Films on Contemporary Ink Painters” consists of ten films, each about 12 minutes long. They introduce the work of ten artists, and address their fundamental artistic choices: Why did s/he choose ink as a medium? How is ink’s expressive range distinct from that of other artistic media? How does the artist go about creating an ink work? How does the artist approach issues such as tradition, creative innovation, and personal expression? Each film will feature the artist addressing these questions and show him or her at work in the studio in the process of creating a work of art. Through time-lapsed photography, the film will also show that same painting’s evolution from start to finish.
With film you can see how the paintings are created, and hear the artists talk about their inspirations and processes: film can make the experience much richer, and much more accessible. Plus, for those who already know something about ink painting, the films provide an enhanced appreciation of the activity of ink painting, and may raise or answer questions previously off the radar. Ultimately, listening to the artists, watching them paint, and contemplating their finished works of art, It becomes apparent that ink painting, with its long history and profound philosophies, has much to offer to the present day.
The film series is a stand-alone project. But I plan to write a book that will enlarge on the perspective offered by the film series. To this end, I brought a talented photographer along on the film shoots, to document the artists at work, their materials and techniques, their fascinating studios, and their paintings: I have thousands of wonderful photographs to choose from for the book. In addition, I have hours and hours of interviews that (obviously) cannot all fit into the short films, but that will make enthralling reading when selectively transcribed and translated for the book. Finally, the book will investigate the deep links between contemporary Chinese ink painting and ink painting of the past. This is something that could not be accomplished in the films (although the films set the stage for this, as the artists talk about the sources), and it will render the book invaluable for people interested in ink painting at all levels.
Basic Goal $35,000: This will cover editing the films.
#1 Stretch Goal $45,000: Music makes a big difference in the viewing experience. With this level of funding we could purchase rights and/or commission music closely tailored to the artists' different personal styles. In addition, there would be funding for a higher level of color correction / tweaking.
#2 Stretch Goal $60,000: With the additional funding, I can have a terrific professional translator translate the interview texts for the book.
#3 Stretch Goal $75,000: Funds to travel to promote the films--to make sure they get the wide international audience they deserve!
Please see the FAQ way down at the bottom of this for information on a tax-deductible funding option.
You can follow The Endless Passion for Ink on Facebook. Many more photographs are posted there, in this album: Artists in Action, Film Crew in Action
If anyone has questions about the Enduring Passion for Ink that are not answered on this website, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course, if you contribute to Endless Passion, you will have that wonderful glowing feeling you get when you know you are taking part in a good project. But you can also wind up with some very very special things. With some of the artists, I have never before seen any kind of non-art item printed with their art (except for books and museum publicity)!
With ten great artists wanting to support this project by allowing me to print their art on giveaways, it was hard to know when to stop designing things! I know I want to have all of these myself! Photos of most of the available giveaways are below, and there are more photos on Facebook, including here: Endless Passion Kickstarter Giveaways
The filming for all ten films is completed. That is the logistically hard part--finding a top cinematographer, convincing great artists to agree to participate, and getting a film crew to their studios on a day when they can paint. (Twice we had to postpone filming at the last minute, because the artists had back problems: ink painting can be physically demanding!) What remains is editing, translating and adding subtitles (so that anyone who is either English or Chinese literate can understand), adding music (so far we have just temporary music), final processing, and producing the VCD and packaging. To complete this second stage--the part that comes once the filming is complete--is not logistically challenging. It is only financially challenging! Hence the Kickstarter campaign.
Should funding extend to the book intended to accompany the films--and I hope it will--the challenges are minimal. The photographs and interviews for the book are complete. All that remains is to write it. As the author of three books and numerous articles about Chinese art, I have a great deal of experience writing, and am confident I can write a terrific book on contemporary ink painting: I feel energized and ready to go! (See my LinkedIn profile for details of my past publishing.)
LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/pub/britta-erickson/4a/a21/34b
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Because several people have offered to make sizable contributions, but want them to be tax deductible, I have set up a way to do that. This means I probably won't successfully fund my Kickstarter campaign, but I will successfully fund the films--which is the goal!
I now have a fiscal agent to accept funds designated for my film project as a non-profit: the Society for the Advancement of the Arts & Film. Any check sent to them earmarked for the "Enduring Passion for Ink" OR "Britta Erickson" will receive acknowledgement from them as tax deductible.
Society for the Advancement of the Arts & Film: attn Enduring Passion for Ink
P.O. Box 303
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
And the extra wonderful thing about this is that the founder of SAAF also runs the Wine Country Film Festival & Santa Rosa Int. Film Festival, and is interested in including my films in their September film festival, In Kino Veritas. I'm so excited to think a film expert considers them that good! Wine and art, the perfect combination.
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