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pledged of 8.000 $pledged of 8.000 $ goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, March 11 2015 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Did you grow up with Thomas Kinkade's work on your wall or coffee table? 

You are not alone: Wikipedia estimates that one in twenty American homes has a Thomas Kinkade picture in it.

Me, I’m pretty egalitarian about art. If you wanna make an endless succession of decorative, pastel-hued paintings, then knock yourself right out. What bugs me about Kinkade’s work is not that it exists, but that it is often all that a good portion of the (largely evangelical Christian) art-buying public will support. 

As Kinkade’s troubled life attests, this is not a candy-coated fantasy world we live in—and attempting to ignore (or suppress) that fact inevitably results in more trouble than if we’d just met reality head on.

So I re-painted (parodied) one of Thomas Kinkade’s pictures, injecting it with just a hint of darkness  (demons in the shadows, a bloody hand-print in the window, and a murder-by-gunshot). Enough to be noticeable on close inspection, but so subtly rendered that the effect is generally subconscious.

In keeping with Kinkade’s tendency to associate himself and his work with Christian culture, I called it “ISAIAH 30:10,” which reads, “They say to the seers, ‘See no more visions!’ and to the prophets, ‘Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.’”

Ever since I painted it, the “ISAIAH 30:10” piece has been a major conversation-starter in my home. Kinkade haters and lovers alike have enjoyed the piece both for its beauty, and for the hidden message it conveys. So I wanted a fun way to get this image out into the world. Something that would start conversations about art, while simultaneously providing an enjoyable family activity.

I know it’s nerdy and a bit grandmotherly, but I like puzzles.

Here’s the problem, though. My proof-testing puzzle was like forty-four dollars, with shipping & handling, and I'm a not-quite-starving writer—so I can't afford to make enough of these to bring the cost down to a manageable level.

That’s where you come in. 

If enough of you want this puzzle to exist, it will. 

The Rewards:

A lot of Kickstarter campaigns offer a wide variety of rewards. I'm not doing that, because A. I don't think anybody really wants another silk-screened t-shirt, and B. I've done it on a Kickstarter campaign before (for a short film I wrote and helped produce), and I swore I'd never do it again.

So the only tangible things I'm offering are this puzzle, and my full-color Art book. As you can see from the above video, we've fully product-tested the puzzle. It comes shrink-wrapped in a classy, rigid-cardboard box. The colors are great. The pieces do, indeed, fit together.

The Art Book (if you decide you want that, too) has thirty-nine full-color pages of my artwork, including the ISAIAH 30:10 picture. It's available on Amazon, but that would set you back a couple bucks more than it would be if you pledged for it, here. 

Click the picture to go pre-view some of the pages on Amazon: 

Oh, yeah, and I suppose you could also pick up the painting itself. If, y'know, you're a serious patron of the arts.

But no kitschy pins or monogrammed hats. Just a sweet-action puzzle you can put together with your grandmother, laughing to yourself (good-naturedly, of course) as she gushes on and on about how much she just loves pastel cottages in dreamland.

Don't worry, it's perfectly acceptable to let her blithely enjoy the picture without ever pointing out the demon behind the cottage, or the bloody hand-print in the window. You think I ever told my grandmother? ;-)

Lastly... So far, this campaign's only available in Canada and the U.S. But if you live somewhere else and really, really want one, fire me an email and (if Kickstarter lets me) I'll maybe see if I can look up the shipping costs and add your country to the list. 

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*ONE LAST COMMENT: The snippet of a song in the puzzle-making video comes from a long-ago album by a friend of mine, Jesse Rosten. Jesse doesn't record music any more, but he does do some fantastic film work (you might have even seen some of it - he's gone viral a few times). You can check out his stuff online at jesserostendotcom.

Risks and challenges

Because of the limited variety of rewards, the risks are fairly minimal. However, it's always possible that some of the product delivered to me will be damaged, and I'll have to delay until I can get replacements.

Or the Kinkade family could find out about this and decide to be a bunch of meany-pantses by filing some sort of injunction. This would of course be legally groundless (appropriation is a time-honored artistic tradition, and current 'fair use' law allows for this sort of appropriation for purposes of parody), but we do live in a world where the little guy sometimes gets crushed. If they chose to go that route, it would just draw MORE attention to a campaign that, let's face it, is NEVER going to put a dent in Kinkade sales. Still... that could happen.

Other than that, I don't anticipate any real problems. The product's good, and by my reckoning we're currently in a low-risk period for a zombie apocalypse.

Let's do this thing.

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    With your help, we’ll be on our way to injecting a little reality into suburban homes everywhere. As a friend of the project, I’ll keep you updated on its progress, and you’ll get a ‘thank you’ posted to my personal website.

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    Receive a copy of the ‘Art of Josh Barkey’ coffee table book (which includes the ‘ISAIAH 30:10’ picture), your very own ‘ISAIAH 30:10’ puzzle, and a ‘thank you’ posted to my website.

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    Receive TWO ‘ISAIAH 30:10’ puzzles, a copy of the ‘Art of Josh Barkey’ coffee table book, and a ‘thank you’ posted to my website.

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    Hooray! You just picked up the original, 30X40-inch, Acrylic-on-Canvas ‘ISAIAH 30:10’ painting!

    I wasn't planning to ever let it go, but given that you just SERIOUSLY overcontributed for that puzzle and Art book you'll be getting, I figure I owe you an extra-special perk.

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