Oakland is a city rich with contrast, with abandoned buildings and foreclosed homes side by side with brand new luxury lofts. Among the many symptoms of the current economic downturn, urban blight is one of the most readily apparent, as overworked and underfunded municipal services struggle to deal with widespread illegal dumping, graffiti, and general decay. These conditions also present a wide range of opportunities to create dynamic public art that both improves the appearance of the community at large and represents an investment in its cultural value and significance.
Artists Ernest Doty, David Polka, Cannon Dill, Koleo, Brett Flanigan, and Zio Ziegler are among a growing number of active muralists in the Bay Area working in new styles that marry technical aspects of graffiti art with a wide range of other influences, from fine art, illustration, popular culture, and graphic design. These artists frequently paint large scale murals without compensation, donating significant time and resources in exchange for the opportunity to engage a wider audience with their art.
With a busy year ahead of us, we're turning to our community and asking for your help to take on larger, more involved projects, projects with the potential to dramatically transform the visual environment of the communities where these murals are located. Le Qui Vive and Groundscore Collective are dedicated to help build viable opportunities for emerging artists to both facilitate their development and provide financial support to our growing artist community. At the same time, we strive to expand the impact of art beyond the gallery, into our world and our daily lives. To accomplish those goals, however, requires resources. The funds raised from this campaign will go towards two large-scale projects in Oakland, located in Fruitvale and downtown Oakland, to provide compensation for the artists and the supplies necessary to paint hundreds of square feet, including:
- artist's quality spraypaint
- exterior latex paint
- UV/graffiti protective clear coat
- spray paint tips
- rollers, roller handles
- latex gloves
- airless sprayer rental
- scaffolding rental
- drop cloths
- painter's tape
- roller trays
- buckets and more...
To this effect, supporting this project means making an investment in the community. For residents of the Bay Area, it involves having a share in the transformation of your environment. For non-residents, your support helps the development of a model we plan to expand and share with other artists, collectives, and communities - facilitating the growth of locally driven public art initiatives. In exchange for your support, we are offering you the opportunity to bring some of this amazing art into your home or business, in the form of limited edition t-shirts, tote bags, prints, and original works of art from some of the Bay Area's best and brightest. We invite you to be a part of this project, to help us harness the transformative power of art to bring positive change to our public space, and in the process, you'll be able to bring some of that art into your own space - that's an exchange we can all benefit from.
Risks and challenges
The larger of the two projects to be funded by the campaign is currently in progress in the Fruitvale neighborhood of East Oakland. The bulk of our supplies for this project have been purchased, so this mural will be completed regardless of the outcome of the campaign, however in order to truly do the project justice, we need additional funding. This funding will also cover another mural project in Downtown Oakland as well as our operating costs to expand the project, develop relationships with sponsors, and share this model with other artists, collectives, and communities. As such, your support is pivotal for the continuation of the project beyond this initial mural.
Our rewards for the project will be produced in-house at Le Qui Vive Gallery and Faultline Artspace, and we foresee no obstacles to producing them in a timely fashion at the highest levels of quality following the completion of the campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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