What is A Better Home and Garden?
A Better Home and Garden is an installation-based art exhibition that will be at Bunker Projects in February 2019. The show will highlight interdisciplinary artists: Selena Hurst and Derek Peel and is curated by Emma Vescio. The show aims to create experiential rooms that simulate what we accept as real while highlighting 70s-80s interior design trends.
What is Bunker Projects?
Bunker Projects is an artist-run non-profit residency and experimental gallery that serves as a platform for emerging artists to develop their practice and create new works for an exhibition. By providing an immersive live/work space alongside intimate cultural programming, we foster a spirit of innovative support, connecting artists with Pittsburgh’s active and growing arts community.
Bunker's contemporary art space values the process of making art and exhibiting work to the public. Bunker specializes in installation and multi-disciplinary work by independent artists. On first Friday of the month, in this case February, Bunker premieres a new show for Unblurred Gallery Crawl.
Who are the artists?
Hurst simulates the appearance of interior objects and surfaces in photographs, life-sized stickers, and floor-like sculptures. The images printed on adhesive vinyl merely resemble curtains, but they are transformed into functioning objects when positioned on windows. Her work questions the boundaries that divide and define the real and its representation.
For this exhibition: Selena is working with fabric to create small, sewn objects, working with wood to create a ball-pit like structure that visitors are able to jump into, and is looking to purchase astro-turf to tie into the retro vibe.
Peel employs common objects and materials in their work to connect us with our fragmented surroundings. Their sculptural figures and installations imply varying degrees of distress, confusion, imperfection, and are often contradictory.
For this exhibition: Peel is working with carpet, ceiling tiles, LED lights, and small installation works. Their work requires technical skill and time in order to be executed well.
What will we do with your funding?
The funding of this project is mainly to cover the remaining costs of these installations. While the work has been conceptualized and the pieces + outlines have already been made, the remaining details need to be paid for. Along with installation aspects, there are marketing and curatorial details that will be placed in the gallery that need to be paid for as well.
Installation Materials include:
- Astro-turf (About $325)
- Fabric (About $250)
- Ceiling Tiles ($40)
- LED Lights ($54)
- Carpet ($81)
Lumber can be classified as an installation material, but will coincide with other exhibition needs.
Marketing Materials include:
- Printing costs (~$100)
- Paint (~$60)
- Posters (~$50)
- Vinyl information stickers for gallery (~20)
- Plexiglass (~20)
It is crucial to allow artist-run spaces to continue to survive. Bunker Projects continuously supports artists by having the location and space for experimental work, but often times the money to produce these pieces is very expensive. While there are plenty of spaces for installation-based works in Pittsburgh, your contribution will be supporting two emerging artists to create experiential works that are not funded by a major institution. Not only will you be supporting these artists, you will be supporting the art community of Pittsburgh, the curator who wants this exhibition to highlight both Selena and Derek's work, and Bunker Projects.
While this exhibition is open, there will be events in the space to discuss the works, a potluck or brunch alongside an artist talk, and gallery hours on Sundays so you are able to see the exhibition beyond our opening + closing events.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute, that's okay. There are a couple of other easy ways to help:
- Share our Kickstarter: Invite friends who would be interested to contribute via e-mail and social media.
- Follow Bunker Projects: Sign up for Bunker's e-mail list and follow on Instagram and Facebook.
- Follow Selena, Derek, and Emma: All three contributors to this exhibition work hard in Pittsburgh and have many other events/exhibitions. Selena's Instagram, Derek's Instagram, and Emma's Instagram.
- Check out the space: Come visit Bunker Projects during the exhibition or our First Friday event! We also have performance art events, film screenings, potlucks, artist talks, etc. in the space.
If we surpass our goal, we will be able to pay the artists a small stipend for their work and time they spent creating these installations, purchase food/drinks for the opening + artist talk, and the rest of the money will go to Bunker Projects.
We cannot thank you enough for taking the time to look at this project. We hope that you are able to make it to the exhibition!
- Emma Vescio
Risks and challenges
Some risks will be if we are not able to completely fund this project. The artists will have to pay for these pieces out of pocket. Both artists work full-time, and this is a difficult task to fulfill. There will be major aspects of the exhibition missing, and small aspects that will not be as well done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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