UPDATE 8/13/13: New Stretch Goal! If we hit $70,000 within the next 24 hours, everybody who donates $100 or more will get a FREE signed, limited edition 8x10'"mini print of the centerpiece painting from the Ego Death show! Print edition number will be determined by the amount of folks who have donated over $100!!! This is a Kickstarter exclusive and will never be available anyplace else!!!
UPDATE 8/13/13: $60,000 Stretch Goal reached! Thanks, everybody!!!
UPDATE 8/12/13: Stretch Goal! If we reach $60,000, EVERYBODY who donated in any amount gets a secret link to a compilation video of both Ego Death openings (shot and edited by Mike Correll) and people who chose a reward tier will get a signed Ego Death show promo card!
In the wee morning hours on the first day of 2013 I got an idea for the title of my next solo show of original paintings: EGO DEATH. Ego Death is a term for a mystical experience where the ego temporarily loses its grip over our consciousness. It is that moment when the veil is lifted, you leave all of your internal baggage behind and have that crystal clear vision of the way things REALLY are.
The EGO DEATH title came with another great idea: What if I presented the show like a funeral? You know, decorate the gallery like a traditional Gothic funeral―with Lillies, wreaths, a hearse and even a coffin―a funeral for our collective ego..
The concept really got my mind going! Not only was this a visually exciting idea, it also said something that I have been wanting to say with my artwork for years: perhaps it is finally time to lay the ego to rest. Maybe the same ego that was instrumental in bringing us to this stage in human evolution has outlived its usefulness, and has become the problem. What better way to symbolically lay the ego to rest than a mock funeral?
I have long been toying with the idea that my paintings are, and have always been, representations of our collective ego. Maybe this is why I have not only been painting monsters but I have been painting monsters with pathos.The paintings are portraits of ourselves, the parts of us that we are often afraid to look at. The parts of us that are vulnerable and wounded. They are the parts of us that are in pain.
It is with this sentiment that I will be creating artwork for EGO DEATH. The paintings won't be a style shift or anything. Don't worry! I'm still painting monsters! But the goal is to present my new work in a creepy new package.
YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!
I have never had the resources to do a big show like this. Thanks to the phenomenon of crowd funding, it is now possible. Your donations will not only get you some really cool rewards (many of which will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign!), but you will be supporting what will surely be my biggest and best solo show to date. Not only will it be a killer show of my newest work, it will also be an event where we can all say goodbye to our collective ego, thank it for it's assistance and wish it well on it's way out. It will be a meditation on life, death and the frightening and wonderful journey we are all on.
The money raised here will go to funding the entire show down to the art materials, custom framing, molds, bronze and resin casting, catalogs, hiring assistants, rentals, gallery decor...basically all the expenses that it will cost to put on an epic show like this. I am also going to cover the cost of getting Mike Correll (director of the I Like To Paint Monsters documentary about me) out to the show so he can film the opening!
Most rewards are estimated to go out Jan 2014. This is because I will be working on the show up until October...and after that is the holidays. I usually have to do a lot of shipping for orders from my website between Nov and Dec. I will make every effort to get the rewards out before the estimated date but I wanted to cover myself to be sure. If you are planning on giving a reward as a gift for the holidays just contact me and I can probably make that happen.
Risks and challenges
The only real risk involved in this project is getting as many paintings finished as I would like. If I don't get enough funding then I may not be able to focus exclusively on this project to get them done. But if I do, those of you who are familiar with me will know I'm not afraid of hard work. I am an obsessive workaholic- my art is my life. Period. I can and will put on the best show of my career with your help.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Because of the way Kickstarter is set up, it only allows you to pledge on one item. However, KS does offer an official workaround for that problem. If you want to donate to more than one reward tier, all you have to do is to create a 2nd KS account- which you can link to your same Amazon account- and presto! You can donate for your 2nd item using your new account.
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