Stretch Goal $10,000: As the deadline get's close, I'd love to focus on the future and staging. By filling the stretch goal, the show's book will have more pages, I can focus on day of expenses from staging to framing, plus it covers any hiccups in production.
About the Show
The artist explores our relationship to money, power and fragility through a selection of understood symbols, and pushes them forward through props and rephotography.
In stark contrast to the artist’s commercial work, faces will be hidden or cut off.
Luxury and decadence is the starting point, using a hundred dollar bill, the skull and tokens of finance - reproduced currency is used in the work and decoupages a gun.
A noise installation in the gallery hallway greets guests with the artist voicing key words. Attendees are invited to participate by purchasing a photograph, and in doing so will convert the fake money into actual currency. Work that does not find a collector will be destroyed at the end of the run.
25% of the shows proceeds will go to the Leslie-Lohman museum to support other artists.
About the Gallery
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ art, and foster the artists who create it.
Founded in 1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman who’ve supported LGBTQ artists for over 30 years. The co-founders, began showing and collecting art in their SoHo loft in 1969 to provide an outlet for gay artists. With an attendance of over 200 people at their first weekend exhibition, they quickly realized there was a need for this type of venue in the community. The collection and mission has grown exponentially throughout the years.
Now in the Main Gallery, the calendar of events includes 6-8 major exhibitions a year, film screenings, plays, poetry readings, artist and curator talks, and panel discussions. The Prince St. Project Space, curated under Charles Leslie’s trained eye, focuses on specially selected emerging talent.
The Museum maintains a collection of over 22,000 works, from: Andy Warhol, Mapplethorpe, Underwood, Stanley Stellar and retains an artist archive that contains information on over 3,000 LGBTQ artists, both those represented in the collection and others of interest to LGBTQ audiences.
Also, it houses a library of over 1,800 volumes that is one the most comprehensive collection of published books, catalogues, and pamphlets on LGBTQ art.
About the Artist
Alex Geana’s work is in a variety of private collections. His work has been shown at The Museum at FIT, the Leslie-Lohman Museum, and the School of Visual Arts.
This is his first solo show.
He’s documented over 500 fashion shows in his career, commercial clients range from Verizon to Donna Karan, HBO and Cointreau. In addition to Alex's formidable web presence, his work has been published by the Yale University Press, The New York Times, and a variety of fashion publications, which include The Daily Front Row, Nylon and Zink Magazines.
Alex is a proud member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and The Society of Publication Designers (SPD). He’s donated fine art prints to silent auctions to help raise money for charities such as GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), Bottomless Closet, The Jewish Guild for the Blind, Live Out Loud and All Saints Church.
Born in Romania and raised in California, Alex moved to New York to pursue a career in hospitality management. During this time, he learned how to motivate a team and discovered a love for food while honing an eagle eye for detail and observing the various stratas of New York society.
Kickstarter supporters will get red dots at the show. Books will be produced before then. In order of priority, if the total amount of 36,000 is not raised. The book printing will be given priority to size of prints produced for the show. If you have any questions about production or fulfillment, please reach out.
Risks and challenges
There really aren't any, because I'm going to be doing the show in June no matter what and the gallery is secure. The question is how much I can do with production and how big it'll be. The rewards are part of the show and will be delivered in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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