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By Joe Malfettone
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Updates: All backers will receive invitations to showings of the final collection! A new reward has been added, perfect for organizations.

Hi, There - I'm Joe.

The Transfiguration is a collection of sculptures and paintings on the arrival of human spirit. Based on my experience, I can tell you there is much more to life than we might expect. This series revisits references throughout the history of art to give a sense of life and creativity that exists beyond the filter of psychology. A sense, that, for me, affirmed life itself and our participation in it. Take part in backing this series and get an inside look at the creative process from beginning to end, insights and updates, and fanfare from the collection including first edition sculptures before they reach the market.

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The Transfiguration Series is about stepping out of the everyday to a realm of commitment, capability, and depth. It blends elements across time, mixed with some modern-day techniques, resources and commentary all with a sense of movement and a quiet steadiness. Opposing principles meet together at every point. A mix of known works blend together, repurposed and adapted, inviting you in to something unexpected but vaguely familiar and refreshingly whole.

This series is something very personal to me as the concepts came forward after very visceral and real experiences. Experiences that would be seen as peeks through the 'veil' - times of true clarity, optimal functioning, and direct experience of the world around us. This collection brings together aspects or viewpoints needed to arrive at true clarity - or those arrived at when true clarity overcomes you. A mixture of the unknown, the accepted, and celebratory - it is a true, honest opus on some of the things that really make us human. Join me as we go from sketches to finished works.

 

 Sculptures 

The full collection is based on 7 known museum sculptures. Each sculpture will be produced in 1-3 sizes and be finished with one or two designs (gold with black or spectrum). Only one, 'Wreath & Feather', will be finished in both styles. There are more sculptures waiting to be unveiled with each Reach Goal!

A digital sketch of 'Venus' finished in black & gold.
A digital sketch of 'Venus' finished in black & gold.

 

Artist's rendering ;) of 'Wreath & Feather' in one of two finishes.
Artist's rendering ;) of 'Wreath & Feather' in one of two finishes.

Scope of Sculptures

There will be a limited amount of editions produced of each sculpture. All of which will be created by hand during the sculpting and finishing process (interested in the process? - look below!).

  • 12 Original Sculptures
  • 3 Sculptures at 10"
  • 7 Sculptures at 17"
  • 2 Sculptures at 24
  • 3+ Editions Per Sculpture

Paintings 

I will produce 3 oil paintings as a part of the collection. They will range from 3x5' to 8.33x5'. Each work will be derived from appropriated images of Ruben's "Massacre of the Innocents", Thomas Couture's "Decadence of Rome", and NASA multi-wavelength visuals of astronomical phenomenon.

An Example of 'Innocents'
An Example of 'Innocents'

 

An Example of 'Innocents II'
An Example of 'Innocents II'

 

Scope of Paintings

The amount of paintings created will depend on the amount funded. Achieving our Reach Goals helps me devote more time to the project and ensure more works can be produced in less time. Our initial goal will help produce 3 paintings. A maximum of 6 will be produced.

Each listed reward comes with updates and an inside look at the creative process. Join me in building this collection! Here's a summary:

Process For Sculptures

Original sculptures will begin with 3D printed armatures - ensuring size accuracy and weight distribution. Each 3D base will be covered in clay and sculpted by hand. Clay originals will be sent to our partner in Utah for molding and casting in bonded white marble. These casts serve as the editions and final sculpted works. I will be finishing and working each edition over by hand before I apply specific finishes of paint.

With the initial amount of funding the sculpting process [pre-molding] should take 2-3 Weeks/Statue and allow me to produce 10 originals. Reaching Goal #3 will allow me to take 1-2 Weeks/Statue - while producing 13 originals and completing the full collection

Process For Paintings

Oil paintings will begin with custom canvas. Selected works will be drawn - transferred to the canvas with charcoal or graphite. Custom palettes will be mixed dependent on the color system chosen for the work. Work on the canvas would most likely occur locally; being painted in a grids, ensuring adjacent grids are wet when being worked into.

On average, I can complete one 3x5' painting in 7-8 weeks. Reach goals can shorten this to one every 6 weeks.

Collector Cards, Show Posters, Original Drawings, and First Edition Sculptures directly from the series. All cards and posters will feature photography of finished works.

Collector Card Deck with UV-Spot coating featuring works of the collection and the collection icons. I've designed each individually to reflect the mood of each piece while providing a full gamut of human emotion, giving you a chance to reflect on each. The same size as a traditional Tarot Deck, you may find them as a fun way to see what the moment holds in store.

Collector's Card with Spot Gloss ☽ Emblem.
Collector's Card with Spot Gloss ☽ Emblem.

  Show Posters are also available as a way to bring the collection home on 120lb matte finish paper - featuring select works from the collection and designs created to accentuate 'Wreath and Feather'.

Example of 24x36" Show Posters - 'Venus', 'Wreath & Feather (White)'.
Example of 24x36" Show Posters - 'Venus', 'Wreath & Feather (White)'.

Original Drawings will also be sent to certain tiers. Drawn from finished works, they will reflect a culmination and celebration of the project in an academic-style on fine printmaking paper. Drawings will begin with the use of a camera obscura placed in front of the sculptural work and finished by eye.

Example of drawing detail.
Example of drawing detail.

First Editions of Finished Sculptures of 'Wreath & Feather' will also be available to take home. In the form of Artist Proofs, they will give an inside look at the process that went into the collection while giving you a solid hand-painted original before any of the works come to market.

First Editions Are Available in Black & Gold or Spectrum.
First Editions Are Available in Black & Gold or Spectrum.

Here is a run-through of each pledge tier $50 and up.

$50+

Receive the full Collector's Card Deck with Updated Additions.
Receive the full Collector's Card Deck with Updated Additions.

 

$100+ 

Start Receiving Show Posters. Featuring Final Works.
Start Receiving Show Posters. Featuring Final Works.

 $500+

Start Receiving All Posters and All Print Additions.
Start Receiving All Posters and All Print Additions.

 $1000

Original Academic-Style Drawing Added Drawn From Life of Finished Works. All Print Additions Included.
Original Academic-Style Drawing Added Drawn From Life of Finished Works. All Print Additions Included.

  

 $2500

Receive 3 Original Drawings of Finished Works and All Print Updates.
Receive 3 Original Drawings of Finished Works and All Print Updates.

 

$5000

Receive A First Edition Sculpture of 'Wreath & Feather'. Your Choice of Finish.
Receive A First Edition Sculpture of 'Wreath & Feather'. Your Choice of Finish.

 

 

Timeline Comparing Initial Goal and Reach Goal Capabilities.
Timeline Comparing Initial Goal and Reach Goal Capabilities.

 

I have been trained in oil painting since the age of 16. I began with an uncommon foundation.My first rendezvous with the arts was training in Venetian Renaissance Portraiture. Although uncommon for a 16 year-old (or someone's first experience of painting) it prepared me to deal with the type of visual issues that come with application of color/light value and the type of evaluation needed to more truly observe. My first works were copies after Masters of the Renaissance. Since then I've taken in as many works as I could both personally and while studying collegiately - often taking trips to the library to review codices on painting from Italy, France, or England. I have also had opportunities to study great works in person around the world, often finding myself reconstructing the works as I felt into each piece, stroke, color, and environment in which it was made.

All of this has faded to the background in a sense, somewhat integrated into the way I now approach the creative process. Techniques that I have picked up now become topics, if they are needed to make a commentary or complete an idea - an arsenal of sorts, necessary for completing a variety of work.

 Although, I am referring to this series as my first main body of work, I have had works in the market. Two of which have gone to auction and done well and others that have achieved similar prices privately or been completed by commission. Nonetheless, it is the power of the work that has always been a focus of mine and the place from which I'm coming from. It's a time where I feel I am at the place I have needed to be for the type of work I've wanted to create and share.

The sculptural work will be an opportunity for me to transfer these image-making abilities and creative observation in a refreshed way. It will be a chance to put some of my favorite sculptural textures and techniques into play. Including those of Antonio Tandardini. The work with sculpture will be mostly textural and detail-oriented as each clay original will be produced on top of rough 3D printed armatures of each existing model.

Applying Reach Goals allows the expansion of the collection while giving me the opportunity to devote full time to its development. In turn, allowing more original works to be produced in less time and more works to be unveiled. With every work unveiled, new fanfare is added to each physical reward.

 $30,000

  • 5 Total Canvases
  • 6+ Original Editions Per Sculpture
  • 13 Original Sculptures (+One Unveiled)
  • 4 Sculptures at 10"
  • 7 Sculptures at 17"
  • 2 Sculptures at 24"

$50,000

  • 6 Total Canvases
  • Studio Flexibility
  • 12 Original Editions Per Sculpture
  • 14 Original Sculptures (+Two Unveiled)
  • 4 Sculptures at 10"
  • 7 Sculptures at 17"
  • 3 Sculptures at 24"

 $60000

  • FULL-TIME STATUS!
  • 6 Total Canvases
  • 12 Original Editions Per Sculpture
  • 15 Original Sculptures (+Three Unveiled/FULL COLLECTION)
  • 4 Sculptures at 10"
  • 7 Sculptures at 17"
  • 4 Sculptures at 24"

 

 Molding/Casting

MarbleCast Products - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Auction

Fairfield County Antique & Design Center - Westport, CT, USA and Westport Auctions - Westport, CT, USA

Risks and challenges

The production of sculptural parts of this collection will require some processes I am personally unfamiliar with. I welcome these as chances to develop work with a refreshed outlook and finish. I feel this will ultimately add very much to the sculptural works, but may cause delay in some of the initial sculpting.

The rest of the sculptural process (in molding and casting these originals) will be carried out by MarbleCast; a family-owned business with over 40 years in the classical statue and manufacturing industry.

Properly applying paint to the surfaces of the sculptures will require testing. This is expected and required for the level of work I am producing in this collection. Testing time has been accounted for. Overall, these are works off art - time will tell.

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    Digital

    This is the first tier that you'll receive project updates. As a bonus, I'll thank you personally via email and send you a digital version of the 'Venus' Show Poster made custom for your phone.

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    The Deck

    Start your collection with a 5-piece Collector's Card deck designed by the artist featuring select sculptures from the series. Each feature image will be taken by the artist from finished works and will be paired with alternating icons from the collection's emblem.

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    Poster, Cards

    Join the Show with your own exhibition Poster. Choose between 'Venus' or one of two versions of 'Wreath and Feather'. Each poster will feature photography by the artist of finished works from the project.

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    Print Collector - All Posters, Cards

    Receive the full set of 3 signed show posters at full size and the 5 piece Collector's Card Deck.

    UNLOCKED: Additional cards and posters will be added for this reward tier and up, as more works come unveiled with every reach goal.

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    Original Drawing, Posters

    Become more intimate with the collection by receiving an original drawing of 'Venus', drawn from life as the first editions are finished. Begun with a camera obscura on printmaking paper and finished by hand in graphite and conté. Included are the full set of show posters and Collector's Card Deck.

    UNLOCKED: Additional cards and posters will be added as more works come unveiled with every reach goal.

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    Collector - Drawing Set

    Receive three original academic-style drawings of 'Venus', 'Terracotta Warrior', and 'The Bather', drawn from life as the first editions are finished. Included are the full set of signed show posters and Collector's Card Deck.

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    Collector - First Sculpture, Drawing Set

    Become the first to receive the collection's finished works. Your choice of 'Wreath and Feather' in black and gold or spectrum. 17" in height. Included are three original academic-style drawings of 'Venus', 'Terracotta Warrior', and 'The Bather', full set of signed show posters, and the Collector's Card Deck.

    UNLOCKED: Additional cards and posters will be added as more works come unveiled with every reach goal.

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    Organization - Sculptures and Showing

    Available for organizations. This option comes with a full set of 'Wreath and Feather' sculptures in black & gold and spectrum and an exclusive showing of the final collection for an event.

    This option includes delivery costs of the collection inside the Northeastern U.S. Other costs may be necessary outside of the region. Contact me for details.

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