About this project
Reckon is a street mural that I am creating this fall for P.3+, a local satellite program of Prospect.3, an international art biennial held in New Orleans from October 25, 2014 to January 25, 2015. I'm asking for your support and backing to cover the cost of materials.
The mural will be produced in digital format. There are 10 individual components, from 1 ft. to 10 ft. in diameter, which will be printed on vinyl by a commercial sign company and adhered to machined, aluminum-composite sign board. These pieces will be fastened to a 52 ft. long wall at varying heights, depths and overlaps.
Creators and those familiar with the process know that free style pondering often leads into cryptic territory. It's a space rich with associations that draws on both internalized and fabricated imagery.
Here's the ricochet-like chain of thoughts that led to developing the imagery for Reckon: it began with pondering water born procreation, singing tree frogs, amphibian spawn, eggs > notions of fish eyes, bird eyes, glass marbles > hence outer rings, sunspots and reflection points > this progressed towards radiant layered rings, tree rings, planetary halos > and these in turn became all about flatness vs. depth of field > concentric spaces represented by the weight of particular densities of color or the finely grained veil of a gradient field ...
In short: I became fascinated with the motion and depth inherent in these radiant orbs that I call "Panoptic Vortices". I want them to spin and roll across the wall - providing viewers with an opportunity for up close cogitation or the simple double-take-ponder experienced by driving past. Reckon takes a quantity of these shapes of varying sizes and casts them along the corridor of the site wall in order to create a field of motion.
Reckon will be installed on the street-side wall of the Liberty Lumber Yard, generously hosted by its proprietor. It's located in a busy cross section of Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods that encompass a broad, thriving spectrum of commerce - supermarkets, building materials, a hospital, restaurants & fast food, pet stores, banks and so on. It's a terrific location that gets tons of walk by and commuter traffic.
Prospect New Orleans has become an art destination for culture seeking travellers from around the world since its creation in 2008 by renowned contemporary art curator Dan Cameron. This year's Prospect promises to be equally thrilling for art viewers with "over 50 leading and emerging artists from around the globe".
Along with a host of museum partners, arts venues and site specific installations spread across the city many local artists, including myself, are producing satellite projects and exhibitions concurrent with the biennial. I'm looking forward to engaging in the dialogue and intensity of artistic events that will be on display in our community. In return for your support I'm offering what I think are some very collectible and valued rewards.
video by Wes Niven
Vortex wrangling by Fern Niven
See more of these sculptures from "Jack Lake, Redux" here.
Risks and challenges
Mural works and public projects are very much about preparation and logistics. I have an expert local signage company engaged in the process and ready to begin. The building's owner is excited about seeing his wall transformed and I have a team of artists on call to assist with component production and the installation.
I have been making art, producing my own shows and other artists' exhibitions for many years. With your help in backing the purchase of materials for this piece it can happen. Everyone who assists at any level in funding and building this project will be listed on the Reckon Project webpage of jackniven.com. Thanks for taking a look, please contact me with any questions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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