Sixteen life-size solid clear Lucite figures built to explore the connection between alienation, the body & the self.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO DONATE! Sending lots of love to all of those who have donated so far. Thank you!!!!!
NEW INTERVIEW ON HUMAN DIARIES! LINK HERE.
BASE GOAL $15K We did it! Thank You!! Now past $17,000! Because of YOUR GENEROSITY, we have made the plaster positive + finished the plaster polishing + are now making the master mold for lucite!!!
STRETCH GOAL #1 $19K SOOOOO CLOSE!! We still need $1,224. = Vascular system + cast lucite positive + vascular embedment
STRETCH GOAL #2 $33K Very possible!! We still need $15,888 = FINISH!!! Extensive lucite polishing + milk pools for hand/s
For stretch goal details and associated rewards, please scroll down to the end of this section, right after the DONOR REWARDS section.
Hello and thank you for taking precious time out of your day to visit my Kickstarter page! I am sending and extra special thanks to all of you wonderful folks who donated already, I am blown away and eternally grateful for your generosity!
BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS, so many amazing things are happening at Meisner Acrylic Casting! Please click on my UPDATES to see the progress. We are just finishing up the polishing stage of the plaster cast so that the master mold can be made, into which the Lucite will be poured. It's very exciting!!! Your donations so far will cover the Master Mold and some of the "pre" and "post" work surrounding it. The stretch goals will take it to completion!
Once this first figure is complete, I will be more eligible for funding like I have received in the past through The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Eben Demarest Trust Fund, and The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. It will also help generate more press like I did through French gender-bender magazine Lash Magazine which you can access through my website under PRESS here, and most recently, my 50 min exclusive interview on The Right Space podcast- Episode#112: Excited When Upset: BethSolin which you can tune into here, or access via your podcast APP on your device, now out a NEW interview with Human Diaries which you can see here.
For those of you who are new to my Kickstarter Campaign, the text below expands upon the information included in the above video.
LUCITE - a solid transparent plastic made of polymethyl methacrylate (the same material as Perspex or Plexiglas) - Word Origin - 1930's: from Latin lux, luc, "LIGHT".
I am a Sculpture-based Installation Artist, and mother of two boys, living in Fair Haven, New Jersey. My NEW Five-Part Installation Series titled OUT ME IN ME OUT © includes an extensive group of 16 cast-Lucite figures which will be the components of several site-specific installations. All of the figures will be animals, 8 of them human, and 8 of them not.
This Kickstarter Campaign is to raise the funds to proceed forward with the production of the first figure in Part-One of OUT ME IN ME OUT. Part-One, when finished, will include 4 out of the 16 figures needed for ALL five parts of my installation series.
The sole purpose of OUT ME IN ME OUT © is to address concerns about where humans as a species are headed, especially with respect to the increasingly isolated and insulated position of the individual within “the pack.” When I say "pack", I am referring to pack animals, like humans, wolves, and any other species that need its members in order to hunt with, live with, and survive.
Each part of this Five-Part Series builds upon the next to tell a story that explores my personal experience in "the pack" and its poignant connection between alienation, the body and the self. This subject matter is not only a deep concern of mine, but seems to be a topic of concern among many different people from many different walks of life for many different reasons. It is profound enough, that I am dedicating an entire body of work to it.
I think it will be incredibly helpful to give you some detailed information - in addition to what you may have learned from my video - about how this installation is taking shape. Something that is very important to me is that I am hand-sculpting every single life-size figure in clay for all Five-Parts of this Series. From these clay figures the molds will be made and the finals will be cast in the solid clear Lucite. The figure of me, that you see below, is the first of the 16 clay figures that I have already completed.
The next image you see, a life-size Lucite prototype of my head, is an example of what the figures will look like once they have been translated into the solid clear Lucite.
When these Lucite figures are finished, floating inside each of their clear bodies will be embedded sub-sculptures of the vascular system and some of the bone (as seen in the following image).
These sub-sculptures are meant to connect receptors of the body like the eyes, ears, and mouth, with other internal parts of the body. The passageways or pathways that I am forming, are metaphors for how information comes into our body, and is then interpreted and transformed into messages, emotions and finally reactions.
Another connecting element of this installation, which links together one living creature to another, will be milk in the form of white Lucite puddles and suspended Lucite clouds. Similar to the vascular system embedments, the milk will also delineate a different but equally important type of passageway or pathway. Below is an photo montage of a mouse, a fly, connected by milk.
The reason I have chosen Lucite as the material for all of the components in OUT ME IN ME OUT © is because there is no other material that conveys the ideas and sentiment of this piece with such poignancy. The transparency or lack there of, the reflections within the solid material - broken and intact, and its dense physical strength in contrast to its varying properties of light, are the conflicting elements that when combined together make Lucite so totally unique. These conflicts, like those in humans, are what can draw you in and push you away at the same time. What can seduce you and seconds later repel you. When used with intent and vision, this everyday and often miss-used material can transcend its original meaning and take on a new identity, becoming a necessary element in what I feel is a very important dialog about humanity.
It is of course then, no surprise that the largest portion of funds raised will pay for the production of the figures when they are translated from clay into the beautiful solid clear Lucite. The materials and process are complicated and need very controlled conditions to produce a product that is archival and free of imperfections. The fabrication team at Meisner Acrylic Casting in Long Island, N.Y. has been the top of their game for decades. Mitch Meisner, the owner, is not only on board with this project, he believes in it, and is waiting for my green light. The first clay figure is at his facility and we are ready to go!
With your potential donation, I can pay the production costs needed to work with Meisner Acrylic Casting, and pay for my in-studio production materials for the next three figures, and the milk puddles and clouds. The costs include welding materials, along with rebar and wood to build the armatures. Oil-based clay, and mold-making materials like rubber and plaster to form the figures and construct the mold. Plus various costs for shipping supplies and heating and cooling within my studio's (paper thin!) walls. Since my studio is on my property, there is minimal overhead.
You might be wondering why the Kickstarter route rather than the Grant Funding route. While my past installations were created with the generous help and support from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Eben Demarest Trust Fund, and The Memorial Foundation For Jewish Culture Foundation, this project in its beginning stage, is better suited for a platform such as Kickstarter due to its large size and scope.
I've been pondering OUT ME IN ME OUT © for the last decade, and this subject matter for a lifetime. This piece deals directly with the detrimental aspects of alienation within society, within the self, and how this tears us away from what it is to be human. Conversely, it illuminates the profound importance of human connectivity. For all of us who are trying to stay connected to ourselves, to other fellow humans, fellow animals, and nature, in the age of instantaneous gratification and sublime distraction, I believe a dialog about this subject matter is not only highly relevant, but imperative. It is my wish that this installation provide a vital platform for discussion among people of all ages now, and maybe even in the future.
With your help, I can keep this Five-Part Series alive. I am confident, based upon my past experiences of producing large-scale pieces, that once I have the funds needed for Part One, I can generate the funds for Parts Two, Three, Four, and Five through other venues.
With my warmest regards and profound thanks for your time, Beth
P.S. Don't forget to check out my Donor Rewards - details to the right, images down below!
P.P.S. To hear an exclusive 50 min radio interview about OUT ME IN ME OUT, tune into THE RIGHT SPACE Podcast by clicking here. Or go straight to your podcast APP on your device, search and subscribe to THE RIGHT SPACE, then goto Episode #112: Excited When Upset - Beth Solin.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:
My Family - I would like to extend a special thanks to my family for tolerating me through this last year of developing my Kickstarter Campaign. I've been a huge pain in the #&%!!! I love you infinite times around the world and back!
Evan Strome - Thank you Evan for your input in helping me with all of my preliminary writing! Years and years of it!! I am forever grateful and will never forget what you have done for me. Evan Strome is President of High10 Media, a communications agency based in New York, N.Y.
Wim Roefs - I am so grateful to you Wim for helping me transform my thoughts and emotions into clear words (yet again!), for traveling here to interview me, and for your confidence in me. I couldn't have done it without you! Your generosity is beyond what I ever expected. Wim Roefs, a former international journalist and historian, is the owner of if Art Gallery and co-founder and board chair of 701 Center for Contemporary Art, both based in Columbia, S.C.
Carrie Wills - Thank you Carrie for your amazing input, positivity, confidence, and expertise! I absolutely could not have done this without you!!! I am so very grateful to you for the work you did. Everything was perfect! Carrie Wills is a camera assistant in IATSE Local 600. She works on a number of prime time TV shows in New York, N.Y. and is pursuing her career towards becoming a DP/operator.
Kevin Burns - Kevin, how did I get so lucky to have you on board?! You just came in and made it happen with your professionalism, focus on what I wanted, and gregariousness. I felt so comfortable working with you even though we had just met. Thank you!!! You have no idea how much I appreciate having worked with you. Kevin Burns is a writer, director, producer and founder of Play With Fire Films. In addition to his role as an independent filmmaker he also serves as a Key Video Playback Supervisor in IATSE Local 52 and on hit TV shows in the NY area.
Mike Cherisano - Mike!!!! I am so fortunate to have worked with you! You are beyond your years in your efficiency, in your communication style, and ability to execute my infinite requests, yet you confidently made suggestions and alterations that improved the final product. Thank you for all your endurance and hard work! Mike Cerisano is a writer, director, cinematographer and editor. He is the head of video and tech at Actors Connection, in New York, N.Y.
Alisa Clark Ackerman - Thank you Alisa for your endless support and your amazing help with clarifying the meaning behind my words. You are a woman with the energy of a herd of buffalo, and the generosity of a saint! Alisa Ackerman is a Branding Consultant (brand ideation & development, strategy, naming, copy), and fiction writer based in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tracy Ryan - Tracy, thank you for your feedback, edits and support!!! I really really appreciate it. Tracy Ryan is a daydreamer and novelist completing her first novel living on the Jersey shore, N.J.
Kaye Nilson - Kay, thank you for your financial advice both before, during, and what will likely be after this fundraiser is over. I not only greatly appreciate your knowledge, but also your equal levels of candidness and sensitivity when discussing the ins and outs of funding. Kaye Nilson has worked for years in the area of finance while at the same time happily filling the role of devoted mother.
Matt Ryan - Matt! Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful song for this video. You blew me away. I love it! Matt Ryan is a husband and father of 2 from the Jersey Shore. He works in advertising in New York, N.Y.
Friends - Sending a special thanks to all of my wonderful friends who have listened to me talk (in nauseating proportions) about this project and Kickstarter campaign. I love you so very much in every way shape and form. Thank you!
The NYC Crew at 72nd & West End - There are no words to describe what you have done for me. I cherish you all.
The purpose of stretch goals #1 and #2 are to raise enough funds to pay for the entire first figure. FYI...Everyone will receive rewards associated with my stretch goals, even the people who already donated!!!
Risks and challenges
OUT ME IN ME OUT ©, at face value, is a huge undertaking. There's no other way to describe it. But like all of my work, I think it through. I plot it out, and I DO IT. I love huge undertakings! Strategically, this new work has been broken up into a Five-Part Series. This approach will not only enable me to methodically tell a very personal and somewhat global story, but will also insure that I accomplish my goal of creating the final installation of all 16 figures with efficiency.
Since I have already surpassed the challenges of finishing the first life-size clay figure and mold (as seen in my video and above images), the major technical bumps regarding the other 3 figures for this first installation of Part One have already been ironed out. Because of the nature of the pose, this first figure was by far the most complicated of the16 figures that I plan to build. I learned invaluable lessons by taking on this more difficult component right out of the gate.
The confidence that enables me to attempt, and successfully complete such large projects with such unbridled passion comes from the fact that I have been working with industrial materials for my entire life and I believe in what I do. I have always anticipated and confronted any challenges and limitations that have come my way and have never had a problem switching gears, or finding new avenues to make what I want to happen, HAPPEN. Without sacrificing the meaning or integrity my work, I have been able to allow my original ideas to evolve as the parameters of the process take shape. Of equal importance, my time frame, goals, and use of allocated funds from institutions, and especially individuals, are treated with the upmost respect, consideration, and gratitude. Making work on a large scale is a group effort, and for me an act of love.
It is my hope that I can inspire your confidence in OUT ME IN ME OUT © in the same way I have gained the trust of institutions like The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Eben Demarest Trust Fund, The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and now Meisner Acrylic Casting. It would be a dream come true (literally) if I could have the opportunity to bring this new and relevant series of installations to life. These installations actually come from specific dreams!
Again, thank you for your time and interest in my campaign. Just getting though this website is no small undertaking!!
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