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An artist book exploring the studio portrait as a site of exchange, at the intersection of creativity, sexuality and friendship.

WHAT'S MY PROJECT?

I'm making a book! A 200 page, perfect-bound soft cover volume of photography: portraits, nudes, still-lifes, and studio documentation. It's going to be a volume that documents my year-long residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem (10/2010 - 9/2011).  It's an ambitious project! After working in self-publishing zines and small print projects, I'm pushing myself to make something HUGE. I am almost 2/3rd through the program and will continue making work through September, and after that will finalize the edit in the Fall. This funding will make possible the production design, editing, and publication of this work to debut in Spring 2012.

WHY AM I MAKING THIS BOOK?

I decided to make this book STUDIO WORK after I began to accumulate enormous amounts of work in the studio, of which only a tiny amount I could fit into an exhibition. A book would be able to capture a more complete experience of these portraits developing over the year. 

MY ARTIST STATEMENT:

I make portraits, snapshots and text-based works mainly in photography, about the pleasures and burdens of portraiture. The portraits are of the people in my life and my projects focus on the roles the camera, the act of portrait making, and the resulting image/objects play in the understanding of and construction of friendship, sex, and intimacy. The portrait does not claim an objective record of those involved, as they are by nature tied to my own desires and concerns. I use repetition and simple formal elements to set up a visual language to open the possibilities of reading the work over time. 

All of the images in STUDIO WORK are made in and inhabit the studio space for this year. They pile up, intermingle, are arranged and re-arranged, re-photographed, covered and un-covered.

In short, how does the accumulated experience in the studio influence me as an artist and work that is continually made there? Each portrait or still lifeis constructed amidst the unfinished editing process of those works that preceded it, and in reference to those other images that surround us.

HERE ARE SOME LAYOUTS SO FAR:

HOW THIS FUNDING HELPS?

Here are the project expenses:

$13,500 Printer's fees for producing 750 books.

$2,000 Proofs and press checks with the printer

$2,000 Design consultant and production manager fees

$2,500 Distribution, shipping and project promotion!

RAISING THE GOAL TO $28,000

I’d like to share the possibilities of growing this beyond the minimum goal. You see, 20K is the minimum to getting the book printed, covering press and proofing fees, a minimal fee to the production manager, and a little bit of distribution. Raising the stakes to $28000, here’s what we can do with support above and beyond the minimum:

- $800 of this will cover fair pay for intern assistance in administrative, shipping, and other studio assistance on this project

- $1800 of this will cover three months of post-residency studio rent and overhead for dedicated time and space for book editing

- $1900 of this will cover the production and shipping costs of the amazing rewards and all pre-order books

- $3500 of this will cover three months administration and overhead to allow for full-time work on completing this project

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GET THIS AS A 5x7 POSTCARD FOR YOUR $10 REWARD

OR AN 11x14 SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 20 FOR YOUR $250 REWARD!!!

Studio, March 11 (2011, C-print)

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CHOOSE ANY OF THESE IMAGES FOR YOUR $40 8x10 PRINT REWARD:

All C-prints, 8x10 inches, unlimited edition (but ONLY AVAILABLE the duration of this kickstarter! Upon the campaign ending I will contact each backer to note your request.

1. Studio, April 20 (AA)

2. Desktop, March 28 (Fitzroy)

3. Studio, March 2 (Jeffrey)

4. Studio, January 7 (Ryan)

5. Studio, May 27 (Self-portrait)

6. Desktop, February 11 (Keaton)

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All of the rewards except the book will be fulfilled this July. Book orders will be shipped upon completion this Winter. I will be providing regular updates after Kickstarter as this progresses!

HAVE ANY QUESTION? Contact me on Kickstarter here or write me at studio@paulsepuya.com

FAQ

  • At the end of the campaign an email will be sent to you requesting your print selection as well as your mailing address. Prints, postcards, and zine rewards will all be sent in July/August.

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  • The current timeline for the completion of the book is Winter/Spring of 2011/2012. After the residency ends in September, I will begin the editing phase with publishing to be done around the new year. I will continue to update backers of this project on the progress and other developments along the way. In the meanwhile, I do hope that you will enjoy your immediate rewards.

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  • When you make a $1000 + pledge and select a commission as your reward, I will contact you directly after the campaign ends to discuss our schedules, the travel plans you make for yourself, and then your ideas for the subject and type of portrait you are interested in. Commissions will be shot over the course of an afternoon. You will be provided with proofs to choose from, with your print to be delivered within 30 days of your proof selection.

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    GET A LIMITED EDITION SIGNED 11 x 14 PRINT of Studio, March 11 (2011, C-print, Edition of 20). The editions will be assigned as the pledges come in 1 - 20. Plus the postcard, 8x10 print of your choice, and pre-ordered signed limited edition book.

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    A ONE-ON-ONE tour of the exhibition and coffee or other outing in Harlem. Any travel/arrangements required are your responsibility. Plus the postcard, 8x10 print of your choice, and pre-ordered signed limited edition book.

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    GET A LIMITED EDITION SIGNED 16 x 20 PRINT of Studio, March 11 (2011, C-print, Edition of 8). The editions will be assigned as the pledges come in 1 - 8. Plus the postcard, 8x10 print of your choice, pre-ordered signed limited edition book, and personal walk-through of the Studio Museum exhibition.

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    Come sit for a portrait yourself, or you may commission one of the subject(s) of your choice to be made in my studio. You will receive a signed and numbered 11x14 print (of an edition of 5), signed copy of the final book and all of the rewards above. Any travel/arrangements required are your responsibility. Plus the postcard, 8x10 print of your choice, and pre-ordered signed limited edition book.

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    Come sit for a portrait yourself, or you may commission one of the subject(s) of your choice to be made in my studio. You will receive a signed and numbered 16 x 20 print (of an edition of 3) and a signed copy of the final book, along with the other rewards above. Any travel/arrangements required are your responsibility. Plus the postcard, 8x10 print of your choice, and pre-ordered signed limited edition book.

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    Come sit for a unique portrait yourself, or you may commission one of the subject(s) of your choice to be made in my studio. The commission may be private or if you choose will become a part of this book and the overall project. You will receive a UNIQUE 16 x 20 print (it will not be available to anyone else!) and a signed copy of the final book, along with the other rewards above. Any travel/arrangements required are your responsibility. Plus the postcard, 8x10 print of your choice, and pre-ordered signed limited edition book.

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