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I was invited by a gallery in Belgium to have a solo exhibit of my artwork, themed around the 1939 New York World Fair. Please read on.
I was invited by a gallery in Belgium to have a solo exhibit of my artwork, themed around the 1939 New York World Fair. Please read on.
42 backers pledged $6,430 to help bring this project to life.

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The Talent Voor Kunst Galerie in Belgium is mounting a solo exhibition of my photo-based artwork this summer, the show is titled - Re-Imagining the World of Tomorrow. It will culminate with a  book of my artwork.

About the Artwork

My work is a hybrid of wet photography (in the darkroom) and digital process. I am influenced by the work of Bauhaus, Constructivist and Surrealist photographers.

Two areas of inquiry have fascinated me with their graphic possibilities – the “World of Tomorrow” themed 1939 New York World’s Fair, and vintage images depicting feats of daring as performed by 1930s circus performers.

On the surface, these are two disparate themes. But for me, the commonality is humanity striving to reach its potential. The 1939 New York World’s Fair presented this on a grand stage, showing what was possible with technology, the right vision and will. Engaging science, art, commerce, and government in an inspiring display of imagination. The circus performers, working with little or no technology, took us to the outer limits of skill and performance using only the human body. Together, they offer us a thrilling picture of our own potential when we have the courage to take a leap of faith.

Exhibition Prints:

All prints are museum quality, signed, numbered, limited edition pigment prints on archival smooth photo-rag paper.

Expenses & Your Support:

Your support will help with printing, matting, and the large expense of insuring packing and shipping the artwork to Belgium, including any fees and taxes. Other expenses include, the videographer for this Kickstarter video, the design, production and printing fees associated with producing and printing a quality book.  The book will include all images featured in the exhibition and more never before seen. I would also like to attend the opening reception of my first solo exhibition in Europe.

Rewards:

As a way to thank you for your support I am offering signed, limited edition postcards, posters, museum quality prints, and a signed limited edition book of my artwork.  As well as some cool art memorabilia that I designed and produced specifically for this exhibition. Please check out the rewards to your right and images of the rewards at the bottom of this page. 

Please note, the way Kickstarter works, if I do not reach my goal I do not receive any of the monies pledged. Thank you for supporting my exhibition and please share this link with your friends. 

Wish You Were Here, 2012
Wish You Were Here, 2012
Consumed by Love and Fear, 2013
Consumed by Love and Fear, 2013
Everyone Whispered about Them, 2013
Everyone Whispered about Them, 2013
One Foot in the Present and One Foot in the Future, 2013
One Foot in the Present and One Foot in the Future, 2013
Right Place Right Time , 2013
Right Place Right Time , 2013
Suspension
Suspension
Form and Function, 2011
Form and Function, 2011
Gravity, 2011
Gravity, 2011
Skill and Daring, 2011
Skill and Daring, 2011
(Reward #1) Handsome Bookmark, 2x6"
(Reward #1) Handsome Bookmark, 2x6"
(Reward # 2)  Title: Margret & Alice at the Fair, 4"x6" Postcard signed and numbered on back.
(Reward # 2) Title: Margret & Alice at the Fair, 4"x6" Postcard signed and numbered on back.
(Reward # 3) Title: Going to the Worlds Fair, 4x6" Postcard  with Button - Pin Back signed and numbered on back.
(Reward # 3) Title: Going to the Worlds Fair, 4x6" Postcard with Button - Pin Back signed and numbered on back.
(Reward # 4)  Title: I Have Seen the Future, 5.5x8.5" Postcard with Button - Pin Back signed and on numbered on back.
(Reward # 4) Title: I Have Seen the Future, 5.5x8.5" Postcard with Button - Pin Back signed and on numbered on back.
(Reward #5)  Exhibition Poster, 12x18" signed and numbered on the back.
(Reward #5) Exhibition Poster, 12x18" signed and numbered on the back.
(Reward # 6) Collection of all 6 Pin-Back Buttons (1.5 inches in diameter) I custom designed and produced specifically for this exhibition.
(Reward # 6) Collection of all 6 Pin-Back Buttons (1.5 inches in diameter) I custom designed and produced specifically for this exhibition.
Mock-Up concept of the Photography Book to be produced after the exhibition.
Mock-Up concept of the Photography Book to be produced after the exhibition.

((( This Kickstarter campaign ))) will run for only 30 days, so I must reach my goal within this time frame. If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

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Credits:

Video, Directed & Edited by, Ian Berg

Music Soundtrack: Dexter Britain  "The Time To Run (Finale)"

Risks and challenges

The gallery show has been scheduled for about a year in advance and the body of work is nearly done for the show. Printing my work is being scheduled now along with matting and presentation for display in the gallery. The only risks could be a delay in delivery dates for the finished book, which I will be on top of during this process. I will manage all aspects of this project to run smoothly and on schedule. I will also update you should there be any unforeseen delays.

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    (( BOOKMARK )) A Limited Edition bookmark featuring a detail of one of my images from the exhibition. Every time you see this bookmark you will be reminded that you helped support the arts. (see photo of bookmark below)

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    (( POSTCARD )) A limited edition 4x6 inch color postcard from my exhibition in Belgium titled "Margret & Alice at the Fair". Shipped protected in an envelope. Will be a great reminder of your kind support. (see photo below of this reward)

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    (( POSTCARD + BUTTON )) A signed and numbered 4x6 inch postcard with a handsome pin-back button that I have designed and produced for this exhibition that reads "GOING TO THR WORLDS FAIR". Shipped protected in an envelope. (See photo below of these two items)

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    (( LARGE POSTCARD + BUTTON )) A signed, numbered & personally inscribed 5.5x8.5 inch postcard with a handsome pin-back button that I have produced for this exhibition that reads "I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE". Shipped protected in an envelope. (See photo below of these two items)

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    (( EXHIBITION POSTER + BUTTONS )) Poster (12"x18") Plus + 6 (six) custom made Pin Back Buttons that reflect the theme of this exhibition. Poster is Signed, numbered and inscribed limited edition Re-Imagining The World of Tomorrow Shipped in a sturdy mailing tube. Poster is perfect for framing, see photo of poster and all 6 buttons below.

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    (( SOFTCOVER BOOK )) Pre-order Book A Limited Edition Book (250 copies) Re-Imagining The World of Tomorrow (8x10 inch) Softcover Book numbered and signed by Walter Plotnick. Your name will appear in a special thank you section of the book for supporting this exhibition.

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    (( Pre-order Book + ALL POSTCARDS + ALL BUTTONS )) A Limited Edition Book (250 copies) Re-Imagining The World of Tomorrow (8x10 inch) Hardcover Book numbered and signed by Walter Plotnick. Your name will appear in a special thank you section of the book for supporting this exhibition. Included is a set of all three postcards and set of all (6) six pin-back buttons. (See photo below of book below)

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    (( ONE PRINT + BOOK + POSTCARDS + BUTTONS )) One (1) 15x10 inch unframed, signed and numbered archival print of your choice from the book, plus a signed copy of the book. This is offered well below market purchase price. Plus all postcards + all buttons. With this reward, I will send you a pdf file containing all of the images that will be included in the book, (while the book is in production). You may then make your selection of which print you would like. This way I can ship the book and print in one box.

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    (( 2 PRINTS + BOOK + POSTCARDS + ALL BUTTONS )) Two (2) 15x10 inch unframed, signed and numbered archival prints of your choice from the book, plus a signed and inscribed copy of the book. Your name will appear in a special thank you section of the book for supporting this exhibition.This is offered well below market purchase price. Includes all postcards and the complete set of all six (6) buttons. With this reward, I will send you a pdf file containing all of the images that will be included in the book, (while the book is in production). You may then make your selection of which prints you would like. This way I can ship the book and prints in one box.

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    (( 3 PRINTS + BOOK + POSTCARDS + POSTER + ALL BUTTONS )) Three (3) 15x10 inch signed and numbered unframed archival prints of your choice from the book. As well as a signed, inscribed and numbered book. Your name will appear in a special thank you section of the book for supporting this exhibition. Plus the poster, all postcards and the complete set of all six (6) buttons. This is offered well below market purchase price. With this reward, I will send you a pdf file containing all of the images that will be included in the book, (while the book is in production). You may then make your selection of which prints you would like. This way I can ship the book and prints in one box.

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    ((( COLLECTORS EDITION ))) of TEN (10) 15x10 inch signed and numbered unframed archival museum quality prints of your choice from the book. As well as a signed, inscribed and numbered book. Your name will appear in a special thank you section of the book for supporting this exhibition. PLUS the poster, all postcards and the complete set of all six (6) buttons. This is offered well below market purchase price. With this reward, I will send you a pdf file containing all of the images that will be included in the book, (while the book is in production). You may then make your selection of which prints you would like. This way I can ship the book, prints and all items in one box.

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