After dreaming of this project and spending many many hours producing it and taking it out to my home beach in Miami to share with locals, it's time to take my Beach Towel on the road.
I'll be taking it on the road starting July 28th. The beaches should be packed, ready to be up-ended and energized by several hundred pounds of light blue terry cloth! From concept to execution, I've been committed to this project for over a year. Financially, I've done it all on my own, but now I need some help, I need your help. I hope you can!
Here are the dates:
Miami Beach, 21st Street - Saturday, July 28
Fort Lauderdale Beach, Las Olas Blvd - Sunday, July 29
Hollywood Beach - Monday, July 30
Daytona Beach - Wednesday, August 1
Jacksonville Beach, Jacksonville Pier - Thursday, August 2
Myrtle Beach - Saturday, August 4
Nags Head - Sunday, August 5
Ocean City, MD - Tuesday, August 7
Ocean City, NJ - Wednesday, August 8
Belmar Beach - Thursday, August 9
Rockaway Beach - Saturday, August 11
How your funding helps
- Car Rental and Gas - I'll need a covered truck, hatchback, or wagon to transport my crew (of at least two) and I, as well as the blue cotton beast, up and down the East Coast.
- Essentials and Supplies - Required nourishment to keep us going for two weeks, and plenty of sunscreen and snacks to make our's and visitors' time on the towel enjoyable.
- Cleaning and Upkeep - Let your imagination run wild with this one. It's not very fun and can get expensive!
- Promotion - Getting the word out there takes lots of time and some money too!
How it works
I lay out my beach towel for the day measuring approximately 56 x 29 feet. I bring sunscreen snacks, drinks, and games to share. The towel is for everyone! Anyone is welcome and encouraged to occupy and enjoy the towel as I hope to subvert the way beach-goers claim their temporary real estate on the beach.
The goal of the towel and its ideal outcome is for friendships to be made and bonds to be formed on a much greater level than any of my previous works have achieved. To have beach-goers feel that they're not as separated or different from each other as perhaps they felt on their way to the beach. I want thousands to experience it! The towel needs people and what better way to get people on it then by visiting them all, one city at a time.
The Beach Towel is part of an ongoing series of art works that question and play with the many ways humans attempt to control their interactions with each other and engage in a public setting. I observe carefully how humans assert their independence in a communal setting and force people to question a given alienating behavior's necessity, turning such actions on their heads as participatory opportunities encouraging interaction.
I intend to indict and subvert typically American excess, in an attempt to not only comment on how we choose to share the wealth (or not), but to also provide a space where I create the opportunity for communal transcendence above the conditioning of capitalism.
Press - Learn more about the Beach Towel
Miami New Times
Animal New York
Contact - Hit me up!
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