9/6/13 - CRAZY! NEW STRETCH GOALS ARE NOW POSTED BELOW PLEDGE LEVELS!
9/15/13 - THE FIRST STRETCH GOAL HAS BEEN MET! Every Pledge Level 2 and above will receive a 5 x 7" print of my new drawing, The Little School.
9/19/13 - THE SECOND STRETCH GOAL HAS BEEN MET! A time lapse video of the performance is on its way!
My latest performance piece, Self Portrait as Jack Torrance, has been accepted into this fall's (e)merge art fair! I'm excited to be included with such a high caliber of artists and galleries. I'm also excited to launch my first Kickstarter!
This project description expands on the project video by detailing the performance concept, pledge levels, and budget. I thank a lot of people at the very end.
"It would be written for the reason he felt all great literature, fiction and non-fiction, was written: truth comes out, in the end, it always comes out. He would write it because he felt he had to.” - Stephen King, The Shining.
Self Portrait as Jack Torrance belongs to an on-going series of self-portraits that contrasts my identity with significant literary characters.
Specifically, Self Portrait as Jack Torrance depicts myself as the protagonist/antagonist from Stephen King’s novel The Shining. Newly charged with caretaker duties of a remote hotel during its off-season, Torrance is hopeful that the position’s ample time and privacy will help invigorate his failed writing career. However, Torrance’s ambition is obstructed by the malevolence of his isolated environment. Self Portrait as Jack Torrance is an endurance-based exercise that centers solely on the character’s creative process.
For the duration of scheduled (e)merge art fair hours, I will confine myself to a desk inside the Capitol Skyline Hotel lobby. Minimally equipped with typewriter and paper, I will repetitively draft James Howell’s prescriptive proverb, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” This monotonous act serves as a metaphor for the artistic experience, and represents something I call a 'hierarchy of fiction.'
As an allegorical artistic process, Self Portrait as Jack Torrance is submitting myself to become the possessor and possessed through the medium of performance. I am forcing myself to act through a (blocked) creative process again and again, with typewritten pages recording the possession’s manifest. Under public observation this act can be interpreted as both corruption and catharsis.
'HIERARCHY OF FICTION'
Self Portrait as Jack Torrance also expresses an elaborate, but subtle, 'hierarchy of fiction'. From the character’s primary inception, Torrance is both an unsuccessful fiction writer, and a purposely distorted autobiography of Stephen King. Torrance’s portrayal by actor Jack Nicholson in the Stanley Kubrick film adaptation progresses this exaggeration, and my performance of the character advances that distortion. Each interpretation of Torrance is a fallacy built upon one another and the adaptor’s craft; writing, acting, directing, and performing. Jack Torrance is a vessel for falsehood.
Level 1. The Little School - Pledge $1 or more
My sincere appreciation for your support! You'll receive a desktop image for your own digital typewriting machine. I've altered the iconic ballroom photograph from Stanley Kubrick's film with the following text: Capitol Skyline Hotel - (e)merge art fair - October 2013. Actor Jack Nicholson's face has been replaced with an (e).
Level 2. Man of Letters - Pledge $10 or more
You'll receive reward level 1, plus one typewritten page filled with James Howell’s prescriptive proverb, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” This is a signed and editioned piece of ephemera from the performance. Typed on white SOUTHWORTH Thesis paper. 20 lb. Acid and lignin free. 8.5 x 11"
NOTE: The above image is pre-performance. It is not the final product.
Level 3. The Monkey is here, Andrew Wodzianski - Pledge $20 or more
You'll receive reward levels 1-2, plus a signed, 8.5 x 11" color photograph of the performance.
NOTE: The above image is pre-performance. It is not the final product.
Level 4. Concerning Black Holes - Pledge $40 or more
You'll receive reward levels 1-3, plus a drink with me/Jack Torrance at the Capitol Skyline Hotel bar after performance hours. Please observe that this pledge has four, specific, calendar date levels.
NOTE 1: (e)merge art fair admission is not included.
NOTE 2: Kickstarter does not allow alcohol as a reward. Technically, we'll be enjoying a non-alcoholic beverage.
NOTE 3: The above image is from the Stanley Hotel bar in Colorado.
Level 5. Strange Resort - Pledge $217 or more
You'll receive reward levels 1-3, plus an original ink drawing titled Strange Resort. 9 x 12" two-ply bristol, acid free. It's perfectly sized for an 8 x 10" mat opening. Additionally, you receive a room 217 key from the Stanley Hotel.
Beyond the rewards, all backers can look forward to a robust schedule of updates. I have an abundance of process to share; photographs, plans, notes, rough drafts, playlists, and recipes. Of the Kickstarters I've supported, I enjoy those that offer the most transparency. It's my intention to post similar insight into this project.
9/6/13 - Self Portrait as Jack Torrance met its funding goal in less than 48 hours! Thank you Backers! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please spread the word and share your endorsement of this Kickstarter. With more funding, your patronage of the arts will be rewarded even further. After careful deliberation, I've added three stretch goals to the campaign.
$750 Funding Goal MET! - Every Pledge Level 2 and above will receive a 5 x 7" print of my new drawing, The Little School.
$1,125 Funding Goal - Every Pledge Level will receive a time-lapse video of the performance.
$1,500 Funding Goal - Every Pledge Level will receive an MP3 commentary track from myself and "Team Torrance" to play during Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
Self Portrait as Jack Torrance has a modest budget. Your support will help pay the bills, and prevent me from finding a part-time job at an off-season ski lodge.
I'm an artist. If you'd like to go down another rabbit hole, please visit my website.
(e)merge art fair
The (e)merge art fair is awesome, smart, and provocative. Further, it's held inside a hotel designed by architect Morris Lapidus. Whether you choose to support this Kickstarter or not, I strongly encourage you to attend the fair.
Many thanks to the Kickstarter viewers who made it this far! Although Self Portrait as Jack Torrance focuses on one artist, many people have contributed to advancing this project: the entire (e)merge team and their 2013 advisory committee - Molly Donovan, Kevin Havelton, Matthew Higgs, Petra Leene, Amy Raehse, Eric Shiner, Shinique Smith, and Yvonne Villareal. Thanks also to Jeff Ragonese, Capitol Skyline Hotel, CONNERSMITH, Modern Luxury, and the Kreeger Museum. Lastly, a big cabin fever hug to my personal 'Team Torrance' - Ken Cho, Jared Davis, Matt Grant, and Jennifer Wodzianski.
Risks and challenges
- This project requires a vintage, manual typewriter to remain operable as I bang away on the keys for twenty three hours. While my primary machine will be an Adler Universal, I have a portable Smith Corona as a back up. Both machines have been recently refurbished.
- I expect to generate 120 pages during the entire performance. In the event I have more than 120 backers select reward level 2 (or above), I'll need to continue typing after the performance officially ends. Consequently, I've selected November 2013 as an anticipated delivery date. Alternatively, I may have to limit reward level 2 pledges (and above) if demand surpasses my humble typing stamina.
- Postage takes time. Even though I'll have all reward levels on hand by the second week of October, it may be longer before I can confirm everyone's mailing address. I believe November is a realistic delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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