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Derek Van Gieson and Edie Overturf investigate the ideas of myth making and the creative need to explain the mysterious. Read more

Minneapolis, MN Art
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Derek Van Gieson and Edie Overturf investigate the ideas of myth making and the creative need to explain the mysterious.

Minneapolis, MN Art
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Our concept is to examine what we hold as truth. We engage the viewer by referencing the modes of storytelling and supposed wisdom of our global culture. These modes encompass folktales, legends, religions, myths, fables and the like, all of which have been used to explain the unexplainable, create social structures, or enlighten and subvert. We find this wealth of information is an ideal meeting ground for two artists to start a dialogue between themselves and with the viewer. Our plan is to start with a large picture depicting a representative from five tribes in a boat. From there we will each take two of those tribes and render their history using a variety of materials and styles. After a few key story points have been decided, each artist will work in secret, developing their two distinct story threads. At a certain point, the artists will share their work with each other and incorporate the culture of our imagined groups. This cross exchange serves several purposes. The secrecy and idea exchange keeps the art fresh and challenging, while the concept is pushed further by recognizing points in real history when trade routes were developed and isolated cultures started influencing the rest of the world (ie: the orient and art nouveau, etc.)

We will be exhibiting these collaborative works at Public Functionary in Summer 2014. The work will take forms of relief prints, monotypes, screen prints, drawings and paintings.  The exhibition space is huge! (approximately 2500 square feet to be exact!).  That means we will be making A LOT of work, and pushing ourselves in scale and scope.  

Your generous contributions would allow us to buy the supplies to make the work.  Supplies such as: paint, brushes, pencils, canvas, paper, inks, ink modifiers, canvas stretchers, oils, and the largest expense....framing and presentation expenses.  

Risks and challenges

We are prepared for any creative obstacles that could come our way. We have our concept solid, and we understand that when collaborating ideas change and evolve. Therefore, we must maintain a flexible attitude within the collaboration.

We know this will be a lot of hard work, and that we will pour every bit of our energies into this project. There will be late nights! There will be early mornings! There will be pieces that just dont work, and wont make it into the show, but we will carry on and learn from those pieces. We will prevail, and remain, In Search Of....

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    A "Thank YOU" displayed on our Benefactors wall during the exhibition.

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    A limited edition screen print (8"X10"), a choice between the artwork of Derek or Edie!
    Plus a "Thank YOU" on Benefactors wall.

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    An original sketch by Derek Van Gieson (9"X 12")

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    A limited edition screen print (8"X10"), a choice between the artwork of Derek or Edie!

    Plus a "Thank YOU" on Benefactors wall.

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    2 Screenprints! Both 11"X 17"
    1- limited edition screen print by Edie Overturf AND 1- limited edition screen print by Derek Van Gieson

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    A Custom Edition of woodcut prints designed, cut, and printed by Edit Overturf. Edition size is 10 prints, image size 8"X 10"

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    A "Collect"membership to Public Functionary (valued at $250). For information on perks to this membership, go to http://publicfunctionary.org/member/ to find out!

    PLUS! Both Limited edition 11"X 17"Screenprints by Derek and Edie, AND BOTH Limited edition 8"X 10" prints by Edie and Derek!

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    These are the bigguns! For $3000, you get a piece from both Edie and Derek from their archives, as well as Dinner and Drinks made by Edie and Derek! Hang out with the artists!

    (travel, room and board not included)

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