Hope you enjoyed watching the video. This is the documentary of the performance art piece Pin Man - I am popular. By the end of the event, we triggered a huge traffic jam down the main street of Disneyland while the parade was going on, because everyone thought Pin Man was a new character released by Disney. They were so excited that they wanted pictures with Pin Man! Eventually, our video crew got kicked out from the park by a group of staff and securities. The project was planned and video recorded for 3 months. We picked up the Halloween weekend and claimed that the Pin Man golden suit was the Halloween costume so that we didn't get caught by the guard at the entrance.
Being an extension of the performance art piece Pin Man, this project continues to discuss the popular culture and value system in the current world. By stealing the spotlight from Disneyland with the character, the artist attempts to create a spectacle which challenges the way symbolic figures are meant to act and be approved by popular society. By trading pins, the artist is enabled to establish a new currency circulation.
In this exhibition, there is a small selection of the photographic elements, the "popular" pin man launches himself into outerspace to find new sources of popularity. Digital manipulation and mannered poses within the carefully staged film sets are employed ironically to mimic and subvert popular media imagery. Leaving the imperfections of the interpolation in the final result acts as evidence to guide the audience, examining the fabricated images to figure out where the fiction stops and real starts.
The show consists of 5 different elements: photography, video, collage, installation and sculpture. We've spent all the budget on constructing the photographs and putting the video clips together, which took two years of hundreds of talented artists' hours and effort.
The project Pin Man essentially opens a new door for working with a film crew and collaborating with film lighting equipment. We physically built a spacecraft in a warehouse and set up the staged photographs for Pin Man, just like what you typically see in a hollywood movie!
We would love to ask your support for partial project expenses, which will pay for the venue rental, labor, transportation, marketing materials, and food and beverage for the opening reception, etc. Any amount of donation will be greatly appreciated! Check the reward page, we have unique gifts for your contribution!
Come and join us at the reception on August 12th, from 6-9pm at Non-Fiction Gallery. ( 1522 Bull St., Savannah GA, 31405 USA)
Thank you all for spending time read our proposal. We look forward to hearing from you. You are more than welcome to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at +1(912)335-9356 for more details.
Risks and challenges
1. Still experimenting with different materials to finish up the Pin Man's Cloak installation.
2. Failed several times with bad glue to make the collage pieces. The platforms (base) cannot be too heavy due to the capacity of the gallery wall, but they have to be strong enough to support the artwork, such as a piece of 4'x 8' plywood.
3. Looking at the a bunch of different samples of the grass land. It can be artificial grass. I need to decide very soon in order to process the order and make sure it will arrive on time.
4. Negotiating with Non-fiction Gallery to see if we can hang one of the piece from their celling, which goes against their regulation.
5. Summer is quiet in Savannah. Working on promotion for the exhibition to bring more traffic during the show period.
6. Looking for a monitor with correct size to loop the video piece. Also have to figure this out in the gallery space as well as for sound.
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