The Definitions series is a glimpse into America. Not the shiny sun kissed America ad campaigns offer us, but the real America, the one you and I live in everyday. A place where the problems and restrictions we face are as real as the freedoms and opportunities we have been told we have. Definitions is a study of those lives and how they affect us. It is a deep look into the abyss, the America we don't talk about at parties.
Creating a project like this was a huge task. It took nearly 3 years and the help of hundreds of people to get to where we are today. While the bulk of the work is behind us, the next phase is just as important as the previous. It is time to take this project to print. Printing photos like this is not easy, it takes proper equipment, expensive materials and the knowledge of an experienced printer to nail the details that makes Definitions special.
By donating to this campaign you are ensuring that Definitions continues its march forward. Printing these works with all the care they deserve will help secure those spots in galleries and museums that have shown interest. Not only will you be aiding the project institutionally, but you may be able to own a piece of it. The top three tiers of our rewards offer you the opportunity to have your own limited edition print.
A Deeper Look
I began my career as an artist just 4 short years ago. This series was my first foray into a large scale project of my own. I have never been accused of lacking ambition and this was a project that tested every bit of that resolve. When I started Definitions I knew that my past life in advertising was over. There was no way back. I no longer wanted to tell the stories of companies or manipulate people into buying products. I wanted to speak my own truth and tell my own experiences. Definitions was my first major leap into those waters, and I had to learn to swim fast.
Since I began Definitions I have been successful with several other projects. From theatrical pieces to installations, I am grateful for the successes that I have personally seen in my very young but already overwhelming art career. However, I will always consider this project to be my seminal work, a heartbeat so to speak. It is a constant that gives me a safe place to anchor and a perspective to create from.
Definitions speaks to many of the social problems that everyday Americans face. It looks at how children are affected by these issues. How these singular moments uproot their childhoods, ripping the rose colored glasses from their eyes and thrusting them into the “real world”. My hope is that if you find an image that speaks to you, and that you can use those feelings to empathize with less familiar images. Many of us share a common experience, maybe Definitions has the ability to rally us together and in that makes us all a little stronger.
Why I Chose Kickstarter
Kickstarter seemed to be the perfect fit for the final stage of this series. Definitions has always been a collaboration. People have given their heart and soul to it. From the crew who worked long hours on cheap pizza. The cast who endeavored to embody a situation most people would never want to be in. And finally to the people who sat down with me and had honest and often difficult conversations. Definitions has never been a projet about me, it has always been a project about us. In that spirit I wanted to continue to offer people the opportunity to be a part of this project, to see it come across the finish line and to know that you made a difference in that.
Rewards are always the juicy bits of these kinds of campaigns. Of course we only donate to causes that we truly feel empowered by, however, what we get in exchange for that support is certainly of interest. I think I have come up with some great rewards as a thank you for your support. Keep in mind that if you are interested in more than one reward you can write in a donation for the cumulative amount of those rewards and I will be sure you get both. So, let’s see what we got.
Risks and challenges
I have done my best to this point to be able to deliver a quality product. Printing is a difficult and nuanced process that requires patience and multiple iterations. I have retained an expert printer who I will work in-house with to make sure that I am delivering the highest quality images possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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