Thank you for visiting my kickstarter project! I've been selected to participate and exhibit my artwork at ArtPrize2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Artprize is the largest Art competition in the world, and the entire city of Grand Rapids transforms into an art gallery, with over 400,000 visitors who come from all over the world to get inspired and have fun.
I will be exhibiting an entire series of oil paintings at Bang Blowdry Bar from Sept 24th - Oct 12th.
This series, titled Transmutation, features symbolically loaded paintings of figures and animals. The paintings are all rendered in a blue color scheme. When they are viewed through programmed iphones I will install on location, as well as through my new free iPhone application, the entire scene in front of the viewer shifts; the paintings appear in natural colors, while everything else in the viewer’s environment will be inverted (see video). This provides the viewer with a moment of discovery by allowing the images to fluctuate between the “real” world and the digital world, thus exposing the constant dualities — and possibilities — of our existence.
It's not just about a cool effect or illusion — with all of the paintings, I strove to make images that take on a different symbolic meaning when the colors are shifted. For instance, a white horse and a black horse evoke different feelings and have different connotations.
One aspect that can't be shown in video or photography is the textural surface of the paintings. They are all painted on thickly woven belgian linen, and have many layers of glazes, brushwork and impasto effects that can only be appreciated in person. They have a depth of surface that strongly contrasts with the flat, pixelated iPhone.
There is possibly no Art medium that reflects the beauty and potentially transcendent power of the hand-made object as strongly as Painting does. One question all artists face is, "can a viewer truly experience art through a screen, or will some part of it always be lacking?" I love how my App will enable the viewer to transform both the paintings and his/her entire environment, thus turning the iPhone into a viewfinder, a frame, and into an Art medium.
I will be showing 8 paintings. I have two large new paintings that I'm finishing now and will be included in my project. They are both large 60" x 40" paintings and I can't wait to share them with you in a few weeks!
Artprize is an amazing opportunity to share my work with a much larger audience and make incredible connections — and although I am a contender for several monetary prizes, getting my work to Michigan is proving to be a financial burden and the costs are adding up:
- Completing the development of my mobile iOS application
- Safely transporting the artwork to Grand Rapids from New York and back
- Cost of airfare to and from Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Cost of Art supplies associated with the project
- Printing of press materials, such as: business cards, postcards, and documentation
- Cost of fine art prints to be sold at ArtPrize, on Kickstarter, and on my website
- Car rental during the event
- Insurance for my Artwork
- Installation expenses
I've already invested tons of time, effort, and my own money into this project. I'd love your support, and have some amazing rewards for those you who are generous enough to support my project.
Please view my selection of available prints in my online store — but please purchase them on KickStarter to receive complimentary shipping and to contribute toward my funding goal.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about my project!
*I am excited to announce that am working with a mobile developer and I will be launching a free app available for download next week!
*I'm working with an amazing designer who is completely overhauling my website. It's scheduled to be launched next week and I couldn't be happier. In the meantime, new works can be viewed here and here.
*Note: The dimensions of the limited edition prints may vary slightly for certain images due to the fact that they are printed in the exact proportions of my original paintings. I would never consider cropping an image. There are exactly four available sizes for each print and you can see the exact dimensions in my online store. Great consideration was taken into selecting the sizes. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
I've already invested a lot of money, time, and energy into this project, so I don't foresee any major difficulties with meeting my goals. I'm excited!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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