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Walk inside a Life-Size Pop-Up Book telling a ghost history of the human race. I want You to have a piece of my sculpture installation

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. 

www.manifestdestiny2012.wordpress.com

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...

With regards,

Renée Cinderhouse

FAQ

  • Please email your name selections as soon as possible to:

    ManifestDestinyArt@gmail.com
    Please make sure your names are in the order you would like them to appear on the page with the exact spelling. If you have chosen a multi-name patron level, please also specify whether you'd like all names on one page or several (for example: 3 name patron ~ either 3 names 1 page, or 3 names 3 pages).
    If you're not shy about it, please also post your chosen names on the comments page of my Kickstarter. You will be an inspiration to others with your generosity, wit or creativity….
    Thank you so much for supporting this project! With your help it will truly be an amazing experience for all of us!

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    A heart-felt Thank You! for being a part of this project, AND for supporting an artist with your $5 which has a very direct and personal impact (rather than going to support another multi-national mega-corporation's pre-fabricted coffee-keychain-greeting card). So...THANK YOU!! You will also be listed as a Manifest Destiny Patron on our website and have access to advance ticket sales for Denver Broncos UK shows at an Art Patron price!

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    I will write your name into history ~ For just $10 your name, or the name of your choosing, will be hand lettered onto a page of a vintage 1954 encyclopedia, each stamped with the Manifest Destiny logo and signed by the artist. The names on these pages should be from your lives viewed as ongoing sagas; perhaps you wish you could keep your fingers in the pages of your life like a choose-your-own-adventure book, so when you arrive at an ending you don't like, you'd just have to flip back to the last decision you made and choose differently…These pages can simply be you writing yourself into my story. Or they can be the name of someone whose story hasn't begun yet, like an unborn child whose future you are going to help write, a spouse you haven't even met yet...Someone who saved your life metaphorically or literally, like a hospital or mentor or dear friend...All the people whose stories are cut short but carried on in those still living with the memory of them, anyone who changed your life's path for better or worse…This is an opportunity to write into the world for all to see without judgement all the names that have been kept hidden: your secret identity, the one who got away, the person you feel could most change the world... ~ You will receive your custom page after it has been featured in the installation, also be listed as a Manifest Destiny Patron on our website and have access to advance ticket sales for Denver Broncos UK shows at an Art Patron price! ******************** *please see shipping details to the left

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    2 names, single vintage encyclopedia page or 2 separate pages. Honor those whose story you believe in, whose life you wouldn't exist without, your parents, grandparents, adoptive family... Also perfect for the wedding or anniversary couple, or for any couple that should be immortalized. Even if they are not really a couple at all... ~ You will receive your custom page after it has been featured in the installation, also be listed as a Manifest Destiny Patron on our website and have access to advance ticket sales for Denver Broncos UK shows at an Art Patron price! **************************** *please see shipping details to the left

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    The theme continues, I daresay you're catching on then? Yes, either 3 names, single vintage encyclopedia page or 3 individual name pages. The 3 secret wishes you've held onto from childhood ever since reading fairytales and wondering what you'd wish for if ever given the chance, a couple starting the first chapter of a new story with the addition of a child... Or maybe your 3 favorite cats, insects, scents, or plants. Even if your plants are named Gertrude instead of Eriogonum longifolium...or, you know, even if they are Latin is sexy too... ~ You will receive your custom page after it has been featured in the installation, also be listed as a Manifest Destiny Patron on our website and have access to advance ticket sales for Denver Broncos UK shows at an Art Patron price! ****please see shipping details to the left

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    4 names, single vintage encyclopedia page or 4 separate pages. One blood family, or create your own family with real people or imaginary ones, your name with your 3 greatest heroes and bask in the reflected glow of their achievements, or write into my story and yours anyone you wish to share a page in history with... ~ You will receive your custom page after it has been featured in the installation, also be listed as a Manifest Destiny Patron on our website and have access to advance ticket sales for Denver Broncos UK shows at an Art Patron price! ************************************** *please see shipping details to the left

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    Artist signed limited-edition 18" x 24" art print of Manifest Destiny. First $50 donor receives #1 print. You will also receive a 2 name page in your honor, with the names of your choosing ~ You will receive your custom page after it has been featured in the installation, also be listed as a Manifest Destiny Friend-Patron on our website and have access to advance ticket sales for Denver Broncos UK shows at an Art Patron price! ************************************** *please see shipping details to the left

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    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 art-altered photograph will be included in the Manifest Destiny installation and are dated and hand signed ~ You will receive your photograph after it has been featured in the installation, also be listed as a Manifest Destiny Friend-Patron on our website and have access to advance ticket sales for Denver Broncos UK shows at an Art Patron price! ************************************* *please see shipping details to the left

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    Limited edition porcelain fetus numbered on its tiny forehead in Roman numerals. If you are the first $100 dollar donor, you will receive the first edition. If you are the second, you get II, and if you are the one hundred and first then you should have been a bit quicker... ~ You will be listed as a Manifest Destiny Family-Patron on our website and have access to advance ticket sales for Denver Broncos UK shows at an Art Patron price! *************************** *please see shipping details to the left

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    Limited edition porcelain place setting; one goblet and one plate. The plate holds ghosts of a meal; chicken bones, eggshells...food petrified into porcelain like wood into stone. The goblets are bitten on their drinking edge, right where your lips meet the contents. Every goblet bitten by the artist one at a time (that's a lot of clay in my teeth just for you), each with its own unique teethprint ~ Set a place at your dining table for anyone missing a meal with you: whether it is someone abroad, at war, Elijah, a relative that has passed, a child at college, Jesus, Einstein, Godot, or the president, this place setting serves to remind of all those that we shared meals with and now go without, or those we are still waiting for. And those we might like to have quality dinner conversation with, to discuss matters from the mundane to great philosophic importance; this set reminds us that both our bodies and minds need daily sustenance ~ You will be listed as a Manifest Destiny Family-Patron on our website and have access to advance ticket sales for Denver Broncos UK shows at an Art Patron price! ************************** *please see shipping details to the left

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    Original limited edition porcelain femur. Some femurs are stained: smoke, fingerprints, dirt, ash. Some are pristine and plain; others bear words, reminding us that we each have stories carried deep inside us. Our stories are written on our bones. My artifacts whisper their story quietly in silent sepia stained voices upon their surface ~ You also receive 2 tickets with Patron-Level seating to the Denver Broncos UK show of your choosing September 28th-30th 2012. And you will be listed as a Manifest Destiny Hero-Patron on our website! ********** *please see shipping details to the left

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    Limited edition porcelain human heart. Ever hold a real human heart in your hand? (and I don't mean the last time you broke up with someone you once loved...) ~ I held a real one once. This one you don't need to fall in love or snip through a ribcage to get to. Your heart is roughly the size of your fist; this one is about my true size. You can either pretend you are holding my heart in your hands; or that this is your heart, for you to keep or give away to another as a gift. You could even collect several and line them up on your nightstand like notches on your bedpost for all those you've loved and lost. Maybe the one you loved and kept, too ~ You also receive 2 tickets with Patron-Level seating to the Denver Broncos UK show of your choosing September 28th-30th 2012. And you will be listed as a Manifest Destiny Hero-Patron on our website! ********************************* *please see shipping details to the left

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    Original limited edition porcelain axe. Hang it above your mantel, use it to slay invisible enemies or chop down imaginary trees...You also receive 2 tickets with Patron-Level seating to the Denver Broncos UK show of your choosing September 28th-30th 2012. And you will be listed as a Manifest Destiny Savior-Patron on our website! ********************************* *please see shipping details to the left

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    Original limited edition porcelain book. Some stories should be told forever. Some books have stories carved into their pages, other stories run off the pages like blood. Some are closed, their stories never to be told; others remain blankly open, their stories waiting to be remembered ~ You also receive 2 tickets with Patron-Level seating to the Denver Broncos UK show of your choosing September 28th-30th 2012. And you will be listed as a Manifest Destiny Savior-Patron on our website! *************** *please see shipping details to the left

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