Written by: Mike Correll
Chet Zar has been transporting most of us to other dimensions for many years, often without our knowledge. If you watched The Blob back in '88, Darkman in '90, Planet of the Apes in '01, Men in Black in '02, or Hellboy II - The Golden Army in '08, then you too have been transported by Chet's artwork. Even if you missed his feature film work you may have seen his many contributions to Tool music videos, including but not limited to Schism and Parabola. Many more go unmentioned, and so it is likely Chet has been taking you to other dimensions for many years! Now is your chance to be transported to Chet's very own dark universe: DY5TOPIA!
What You Are Supporting...
For the past five months Chet Zar and I have been creating a Field Guide for his dark universe. This process has required a deep investigation into the only evidence of DY5TOPIA that we possess - Chet's paintings. The information we have gathered has since been organized and and is currently being refined for publication. Throughout this process Chet has similarly embarked upon a personal journey, using his paint to flesh out the many dark corners of DY5TOPIA.
When & Where?
On October 15th, 2016 many of these new paintings will be unveiled at Copro Gallery for his annual solo show, and we would like to transport you to DY5TOPIA! The walls of Copro Gallery will be transformed into DY5TOPIA, smokestacks will be erected, Chet Zar will be scoring the event soundtrack, props will be installed and special character appearances of Chet Zar's "Black Magick" and "Interloper" are scheduled! Everyone attending will be invited to dress as their favorite Chet Zar monster, or any monstrous being of choice. Placards will also be placed throughout the gallery, with excerpts from DY5TOPIA: A Field Guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar, guiding you through the experience!
What Supporters Receive...
This Kickstarter is offering original paintings from Chet's solo show at Copro Gallery, October 15th, 2016. Not only will you be able to get your hands on smaller items like the DY5TOPIA book, companion book, Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters DVD, 5x7" custom DY5TOPIA frames, and full sized DY5TOPIA frame-corner sculptures, but you will also have the opportunity to purchase custom framed paintings that will be featured in the solo show! Choose your favorite images, from Interlopers to Black Magick, landscapes to smokestacks, and so much more. This is your opportunity to get an original Chet Zar painting (before they are gone), and contribute to the success of the solo show, all in one!
NEW 6x8" Oil Studies
NEW 11x14" SKETCHES!
NEW 8x10" Oil Study!!!
Risks and challenges
We have many more ideas in store for this solo show, but for the purposes of this Kickstarter we are asking for the absolute minimum that it will take to complete the project. Surpassing the goal will be of the utmost, and will allow us to incorporate many more DY5TOPIA elements!
As many of you know, Chet is currently in the process of fulfilling the first DY5TOPIA Kickstarter, and so we were reluctant to campaign for another. Nevertheless, we are committed to making both the book and the solo show the best that they can be! The book is running slightly behind schedule, as you will see indicated in the "approximated shipping date" for the "Mercenary" reward on this Kickstarter. Despite the tardiness of the book itself, all of the remaining commodity rewards are currently in the process of production, while others are long sent (paintings for DY5TOPIA: A Field Guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar are also underway).
Historically the primary challenge we have faced is meeting "approximated shipping dates". We have often been somewhat late in reward fulfillment, but we are committed to regular updates and communications with Backers concerning any delays that may arise. In addition, when we have experienced delays we have always added additional items for FREE, and to date have 100% Backer satisfaction!
Thank you as always for your support - without your assistance many of these projects would be nearly impossible - long live the Zarmy!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter