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Let's finish an ambitious four-year sculpture--lend me a hand and receive one (or several) in return...what?
Let's finish an ambitious four-year sculpture--lend me a hand and receive one (or several) in return...what?
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First, a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has supported this project!!! This has been an amazing experience, and I'm deeply grateful for all the efforts put forth by so many of you! However, there's still time to join The Overman Project! 

These rewards are some the best to be found in all of the art campaigns listed on Kickstarter, and I want to continue sharing them with all of you. Furthermore, I have such a strong commitment to this project that I believe we can stretch the funding even further.

If we can stretch the funding past $15,000, I can use the extra capital to rent space to exhibit the finished piece or to continue to produce the next sculptures in the series. At $20,000, I could do both. Again, thank you, and keep sharing!!!!

IF WE CAN MAKE IT TO $15,000 EVERY SINGLE BACKER WHO CONTRIBUTED $55 OR MORE WILL RECEIVE THIS EXTRA PRINT:

Two Fingers Touching 2014 (6x7in) *click for hi-res*
Two Fingers Touching 2014 (6x7in) *click for hi-res*

In 2010, I started developing a series of sculpture compositions based on Rodin's piece "The Three Shades." I called it: "The Overman Project." Using the figure in "The Three Shades" as a model, I wanted to explore Nietzsche's concept of "The Last Man" and "The Ubermensch." The project's physical scale felt too ambitious at the time, so I couldn't move forward without adequate studio space. Despite lacking the means to execute the artwork, I continued to think about Nietzsche's themes of pacifism, pathos, nihilism and transcendence.

thumbnail sketches of various ideas/compositions (2010)
thumbnail sketches of various ideas/compositions (2010)
some more sketches of surface treatments, paint schemes etc (2010)
some more sketches of surface treatments, paint schemes etc (2010)

At the time, I was working as a sculptor for Jeff Koons at his New York studio. The engineering quality of the sculptures was astounding, and the technical experience I gained was certainly invaluable, but after a couple years of working on someone else's artwork, I felt my own artistic dreams slipping away.

In the fall of 2011 a friend told me he was leaving New York, and he offered me his studio space. It got me thinking, "Why aren't I working on my own artwork anymore? What's really stopping me?" Then it clicked: the only obstacle was me.

I took the space, started the project and never looked back. That was 2011.

I began with an initial full-scale drawing of the piece on my studio wall and then fabricated a full-scale steel armature to support the 1,600lbs/726kg of a specific water-based clay called "WED clay" (originally manufactured for sculptors at Walt Disney Studios). Using online sources, I began translating Rodin's bronze sculpture into a 10ft/3.1m clay model. Soon after, I abandoned my photo references and started sculpting from personal interpretation rather than observation. I spent the next three years modeling the clay sculpture in my Brooklyn studio during weekends and late nights after work. 

spring and summer 2013
spring and summer 2013
Finished Clay!!! spring 2014 (the cracks were a natural part of the drying process and became part of sculpture itself)
Finished Clay!!! spring 2014 (the cracks were a natural part of the drying process and became part of sculpture itself)
some details
some details

                                            Next Step: THE MOLD

first skin coat of silicone rubber
first skin coat of silicone rubber

                                Timeline and Finished Piece

The finished piece in this case is called a "cast," and will be finished in a month following the campaign. A cast is a hollow or solid object made from a mold, and the mold is a shell that is applied to the surface of the clay model in order to capture the exact character of the form itself. Think of an ice tray. The tray itself is a mold, and the ice takes on the form of the tray. In this case, the ice cubes serve a similar concept as what may constitute a sculpture cast. The casting material is either poured or hand-laid into the mold and then allowed to cure. After this process is completed, the artist then removes the mold revealing the raw cast. (To fully understand this process, I recommend looking for a simple, online demo of mold-making and casting--it's actually quite simple in theory).

When I have my cast (made of a light-weight gypsum), I will copper-leaf and seal the whole surface for the final finish. Here are a couple large works I completed in the past: 

3/4 scale and larger-than-life copper leaf sculptures from 2010
3/4 scale and larger-than-life copper leaf sculptures from 2010

Here is a breakdown of how the money will be spent. All your contributions will play an essential part in purchasing all the necessary items while covering the cost of the rewards as well.

MATERIALS + ASSISTANT + STUDIO FEES = $6,500

CAMPAIGN OVERHEAD (Kickstarter and Amazon fees + printing fees + shipping fees)= $2,300

I HAVE PRINTS, SKETCHES, ORIGINAL DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURE AVAILABLE AS GIFTS FOR YOU! (look to the right side of the page for pricing and details)
I HAVE PRINTS, SKETCHES, ORIGINAL DRAWINGS AND SCULPTURE AVAILABLE AS GIFTS FOR YOU! (look to the right side of the page for pricing and details)
  • The following four signed and stamped limited-edition prints are available as gifts for your participation! The prints are museum quality giclee prints on heavy-weight, hot-pressed paper. The original pieces were drawn using brush and ink with gouache highlights on heavy-weight, hot-pressed paper.
"Book and Hands" (2014) *click for hi-res*
"Book and Hands" (2014) *click for hi-res*
"Fat Stacks" (2016) *click for hi-res*
"Fat Stacks" (2016) *click for hi-res*
"The Original King of Bling a.k.a Mr. Showmanship a.k.a. Liberace" (2016) *click for hi-res*
"The Original King of Bling a.k.a Mr. Showmanship a.k.a. Liberace" (2016) *click for hi-res*
"Liberace's Keys" (2016) *click for hi-res*
"Liberace's Keys" (2016) *click for hi-res*
  • Receive a sculpture of The Overman's left hand as a gift for your participation!
The Overman's Left Hand--Available as a white hydrocal cast or copper-leafed hydrocal cast
The Overman's Left Hand--Available as a white hydrocal cast or copper-leafed hydrocal cast
  • 4 examples of hand sculpture treatments (these are NOT available in the reward packages)
*an example of a copper-leaf hand from a previous larger-than-life sculpture*
*an example of a copper-leaf hand from a previous larger-than-life sculpture*
hand study 2009 (white hydrocal)
hand study 2009 (white hydrocal)
hand study 2009 (white hydrocal)
hand study 2009 (white hydrocal)
hand study 2009 (white hydrocal)
hand study 2009 (white hydrocal)

Risks and challenges

Barring any catastrophe with our mailing system, I don't see any risks or challenges facing the distribution of artwork to the project backers. I've been working with the same digital printing studio for over a year, and they have always delivered perfect prints in a timely fashion.

Mailing the sculptures will take a bit more time as those items will have to ship after the mold is completed for obvious reasons. Those pieces will be packed carefully with foam and bubble wrap in order to protect them during travel.

As for the sculpture project itself, there are always risks involved with execution of a large-scale mold and cast. The scale and weight of the sculpture pose sizable challenges since the mold-making and casting processes become much more physically difficult and time-consuming. As some of you know may already know, I've already faced a ton of engineering challenges during the clay modeling phase, but I have always persevered with hard work, ingenuity and determination.

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    #3 MINI Print--Choose and receive ONE mini print (8X10 inches) of the following:

    1) Mini "Book and Hands"
    2) Mini "Fat Stacks"
    3) Mini "The Original King of Bling a.k.a. Mr. Showmanship a.k.a. Liberace"
    4) Mini "Liberace's Keys"

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    #8 ***EARLY BIRD SPECIAL***

    The MINI Print Package:
    Receive ALL FOUR MINI prints.
    ***Comes with The Postcard Sketch***

    Great for gift-giving and sharing with friends or family.

    Each print is a signed and stamped 8X10 inch museum-quality art print on heavyweight, hot-pressed, cotton-rag paper.
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    #10 The Overman's Left Hand (edition of 5)
    ***comes with the Postcard Sketch and Mini Print Package***

    For being such a generous sponsor, I'll ship you an actual white hydrocal cast of The Overman's left hand which is visible in the "Gifts For Your Participation" section.

    CHECK OUT THE GROUP OF HAND STUDIES AS REFERENCE (those samples are larger-than-life as well and found at the bottom of the page)

    *No base necessary--I have a similar hand sculpture that sits beautifully on any flat surface*

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    #11 The COPPER Overman's Left Hand (edition of 5)
    ***Comes with the Postcard Sketch and Mini Print Package***

    This is a hydrocal cast of the actual sculpture's left hand which is then copper-leafed and sealed to prevent oxidation.

    CHECK OUT THE GROUP OF HAND STUDIES AS REFERENCE (those samples are larger-than-life as well)

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    #13 Receive the Overman's left hand with the full forearm attached.
    ***The Postcard Sketch and Mini Print Package are included****

    This is a hydrocal cast that measures approximately 30 in.

    I'll ship this piece with a custom cradle to protect it during shipping. Shipping is included

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    #12 Receive an ORIGINAL DRAWING (15X20in)
    *Brush and ink with gouache highlights*
    *Matte and frame included*
    *Comes with The Postcard Sketch and MINI Print Package*

    Send me a photo of your hands (or a loved one's), and I'll make an original brush and ink drawing similar to the images found on my website. We can compose and design an awesome drawing together that reflects your own unique interests. This would be great for newlyweds, new parents or anyone wishing to commemorate something extraordinary using hands as the image.

    I'll ship the finished piece matted, framed and ready to hang.

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