Being a former athlete, the number one thing I quickly learned is without a strong team who believes in the same goal, you have nothing. Putting together an event like this takes just that - a strong unified team. Your contributions to this cause make you a part of the team.
A rare opportunity was given to me and I am forever indebted. Jorge Alvarez welcomed me into his home and taught me the way of a painter. With that being said, I wasn't interested in having this exhibit and performance piece in a typical gallery setting. It is more than that. I want this to go beyond a simple presentation of my work. I want to give people an experience - to present the story of my mentor and my journey as an artist through a performance that allows the viewer to witness a physical expression of the struggle and the subsequent strength I found.
My work will be up for one week in the Winter of 2013. Showing everything will be broken down into separate viewings. The first three days will be used to show the paintings and sculpture in a more conventional, gallery type format. I will personally be on hand to help with viewing and purchasing during these three days. The one time only performance will take place the evening of the fourth day. During the evening of the performance, the space will be transformed to accommodate the performance, but many of the pieces will still be on display. On the fifth and final day, the painting created during the performance will be on view along with the rest of the work.
The performance will combine components from the various aspects of art, music, and athletics that have influenced me to tell my story.
I spent more than a year searching for the proper venue. I envisioned a place that was raw, unpretentious and would complement my work.
"THE GYM" at Judson Memorial Church presented an opportunity like no other. Originally the space was built as a basketball gym. Since the space is now used for off-broadway shows, it is set for sound, has a terrific lighting system, and is located off of beautiful Washington Square in New York City. This was truly a needle in a haystack.
By contributing to this project, you are becoming part of my team and making this exhibit possible.
What your contribution goes towards funding:
1. The rental of the space
2. The band
3. Flying some of the members of the band to New York from Puerto Rico
4. Various travel expenses that include truck rentals to transport the large work and tractor tires
Pledge $10 or more: My sincere thanks for your support and email/video updates as the show comes together.
Pledge $25 or more: A postcard featuring the Jazz Band with my personal thanks and an invitation to the opening night of the exhibit in New York.
Pledge $50 or more: A small look book featuring my story and images of the work on display in the show and an invitation to the opening night of the exhibit in New York.
Pledge $75 or more: A signed and numbered 5"x7" fine art giclee print of the Heavy Bag painting and an invitation to the opening night of the exhibit in New York.
Pledge $150 or more: A signed and numbered 8"x10" fine art giclee print of the Dad's Trumpet painting and an invitation to the opening night of the exhibit in New York.
Pledge $250 or more: A signed and numbered 12"x18" fine art giclee print of the Gloves painting and an invitation to the opening night of the exhibit in New York.
Pledge $500 or more: A framed, signed, and numbered 5"x7" piece of the painting created during the "22:17" tire performance, which resulted in a double hernia and subsequent surgery, and a personal invitation to the one-time only performance piece featuring Henry Cole and the Afrobeat Collective in New York.
Pledge $1,250 or more: A choice of one of five signed 11" x 14" studies in oil, graphite, and acrylic. The studies were created in preparation for the larger painting of Henry Cole and the Afrobeat Collective. This reward also includes a personal invitation to the one-time only performance piece featuring Henry Cole and the Afrobeat Collective in New York.
Pledge $1,850 or more: Your choice of a framed and signed 12"x14" portrait study in oil from the Journey Collection (choice of four unique studies - first come, first served) and a personal invitation to the one-time only performance piece featuring Henry Cole and the Afrobeat Collective in New York.
Risks and challenges
There will always be more challenges that I will face along the way leading up to the exhibit. Being an artist also means that you are a problem solver. With that being said, I have given myself a good deal of time from now until the exhibit to be able to work around obstacles that I am faced with.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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