MANIFEST DESTINY by Renée Cinderhouse
Featuring the Denver Broncos UK
Ever wish you could step out of your story and into another? Walk into a pop-up book or a Natural History Museum's diorama or your dreams just by walking through a door?
Then come with me and picture this:
Turn back the page of any book and let the book become bigger in your mind's eye, bigger than you, as big as houses. Now step behind the page as it opens. Enter the story, stepping under the tent-like embrace of the lifted page and enter a place made in 2 and 3 dimensions like a pop-up book. Like a book, this place allows travel outside the day-to-day and holds stains of time like a ghost town.
Manifest Destiny exists at the intersection of personal and public memory. It is an artist designed room-sized installation, transforming a 2,500 sq. ft empty building into an immersive dream-like landscape. Inside a 14' tall forest are sculptural vignettes addressing American History, the Midwest as frontier and story-telling as the means to create personal and cultural identity. Featuring many live performances during its run, this multi-media sensory experience debuts September 7th, and runs through September 30th, 2012 at La Esquina.
I am not looking to pay myself as I am used to funding my own studio practice. All proceeds from Kickstarter go directly toward acquisition of materials and talent to create this installation. I need theater curtains, scrim, lighting and sound equipment for the duration of the exhibit. There are printing and graphic design costs, performers, sound and lighting engineers, all who need to be compensated for their skills and time. In short, I need to underwrite the costs of creating a theater-like environment usually undertaken by a team of people working with a producer. I want to cut out this false need for a middle-man in our cultural exchanges; I need you.
Please consider that this $5,000 goal represents the bare minimum to make this project a reality; all funds raised over this goal still go directly toward production costs. The more money I am able to raise, the more this experience will be truly amazing for all of us...
This Kickstarter represents direct advance sales of the artwork. Each piece is hand-made by the artist in limited editions, each is an original. Consider this the official early-sneak-peek-patron-level-VIP-first-dibs on this work, brought to you straight from the artist herself. We don't need a middle-man to tell us what is worthy, I'm leaving that up to each of you to decide for yourselves.
If you aren't already aware, a traditional gallery arrangement with artists is a 50/50% split of the retail price of any artwork sold at an exhibition. This means that for artists not to screw themselves financially they typically have to price average potential collectors like you and I out of the market. This is a rare opportunity to purchase original art without the gallery mark-up.
I want you to have a piece of this storybook installation in sculpture. Whether you simply come to walk awhile in the space I am creating, letting the installation fill you to the brim with things you will never see anywhere else, or donate by buying one of my porcelain artifacts: Live with my art and let it become part of you. Put these precious objects on your nightstand. In your medicine cabinet. In your kitchen window. Anywhere you look every day and let me infuse a little more beauty into your mundane moments that otherwise go unnoticed and wash away into nothing. And I'll keep making them. Until everyone gets exactly what they were promised, artifacts of a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a piece of history. My work will become the future's archeology, your family heirlooms.
So let's redefine how art reaches every one of us, and who gets to choose what art gets seen. Let's collectively re-write the stories we are telling as a culture. Let's take over where the news and politics leave us voiceless about the things that we really should be talking about. We write history together, we write tomorrow's memories. This is our story, we tell it any way we choose, as we see it rather than how the world sees us.
How to get what you want:
ALL PATRONS get mentioned by name on the Manifest Destiny website and access to advance ticket sales for Denver Broncos UK shows! The culminating event closing weekend September 28th-30th 2012!
*Since rewards are physically part of the Manifest Destiny installation, all rewards will be shipped at the close of the exhibit. Please note that SHIPPING COSTS are NOT INCLUDED in the donation levels. If you wish to have your rewards shipped to you PLEASE:
*All US Patrons please add $5 shipping and handling to your donation total; pricey for book pages, but cheap for porcelain axes. Please help me get all artwork shipped intact, thank you!
*All International Patrons please add to your donation total $5 shipping and handling for paper, $20 for sculptures. This guarantees safe journey for your artifacts, thank you!
And now what you really want to see: lovely examples of each patron level. Please covet accordingly, and get one of each...
$10-$40 Patrons: Hand lettered names on vintage encyclopedia pages
Front and back 2 name page with President James Polk, and his wife Sarah Childress. Polk has been called the "least known consequential president", and his administration embraced the ideology of Manifest Destiny. He was also the first sitting president to be photographed. Each page measures 6.5" x 9.5" and is taken from an encyclopedia set published in 1954, first edition dating to 1919.
Every page will be a part of Manifest Destiny; papering the entire entryway of the installation floor to ceiling 12' high, your names will start this project's story just as your names start funding it...
$50 Friend-Patrons: Limited edition numbered and signed art prints
Each patron receives an 18" x 24" print, and a 2 name vintage encyclopedia page of their choosing. First $50 donor receives #1 print.
$75 Friend-Patrons: Artist altered cabinet photograph
One-of-a-kind, each unique, original antique cabinet photograph cards dating from mid 1800s through early 1900s that have been altered by the artist. Each are dated and hand signed. Most cards measure approximately 4" x 6".
$100 Family-Patrons: Porcelain Fetus
Limited edition porcelain fetus numbered on its tiny forehead in Roman numerals, all one hundred of them (I-C). Each fetus measures 2" x 1" x 1.25" and are male or female. First $100 patron gets the first edition fetus.
$250 Family-Patrons: Porcelain goblet and plate place setting
Limited edition porcelain place setting: the plates hold ghosts of a meal; and the goblets are bitten on their drinking edge, each with its own unique teethprint. Goblets measure 4" x 4" x 6.5", plates 7.5" x 7.5" x 2", and the contents of the plates vary (silverware not included).
$500 Hero-Patrons: Porcelain femur
Some femurs are stained: smoke, fingerprints, dirt, ash. Some are pristine and plain, others bear words. Each femur measures 16.5" x 3.5" x 2.25". You also receive 2 tickets with patron-level seating to the Denver Broncos UK show of your choosing September 28th-30th 2012.
$750 Hero-Patrons: Porcelain heart
Your heart is roughly the size of your fist; this one is about my true size. Each heart measures 5" x 3" x 2.5". You also receive 2 tickets with patron-level seating to the Denver Broncos UK show of your choosing September 28th-30th 2012.
$1000 Savior-Patrons: Porcelain axe
Hang it above your mantel, use it to slay invisible enemies or chop down imaginary trees...Each axe measures 27" x 5.5" x 1.25". You also receive 2 tickets with patron-level seating to the Denver Broncos UK show of your choosing September 28th-30th 2012.
$1250 Savior-Patrons: Porcelain book
Some books are closed, their stories never to be told; others remain blankly open, their stories waiting to be remembered. Some have stories carved into their pages, other stories run off the pages like blood. Books vary from dictionaries to storybooks to family albums...measuring from 8.5-10" x 6.75-13" x 1.25-2.75". You also receive 2 tickets with patron-level seating to the Denver Broncos UK show of your choosing September 28th-30th 2012.
Thank you for your time and generosity!
Hope to see you there...
- (30 days)