That's right! How did you guess? The show is about PRESCOTT PICTURES!
Who is this "Prescott Family" and why have I never heard of them if they were so goddamned big in Hollywood?
Good question. You've never heard of the Prescott Family because they don't actually exist. I made them up for a show in Oakland at Rock, Paper, Scissors Gallery called Imaginary Movies in which I followed one Hollywood Royalty family through time in six movie posters, from silent blockbusters to straight to video nightmares of the 1980s. That show only proved how much more I needed to develop this family's history and story, which I now have an opportunity to do at Mark Moore Gallery in Culver City, this coming January.
Who are you? I don't understand? How did you "create" them?
I am Lenae Day, a conceptual and performance artist and writer based in Los Angeles, California. In my work, I create or recreate vintage images or artifacts, but I play all of the characters in an image and I make most of the costumes and props. That means that I am not merely photoshopping my head onto a pre-existing image (as some have thought) - I re-stage EVERY aspect of the photo shoot, as the performance is an extremely important part of the work, and then I collage the images together seamlessly in photoshop, recreating the look of the printing medium I am going for.
So, what is this show?
5790 Projects puts on three shows a year and out of all the artists in those shows, they choose ONE to get a solo show in the Project Room (a 15' x 15' gallery space) within the Mark Moore Gallery and a $1,000 grant. And they chose ME! Which is enormously exciting and nerve-wracking.
The show opens January 11, 2014 and runs through February 15. I wanted to develop this family idea from the initial six posters I created in September into a full-blown experience and archive of this family's history. And although I did receive a grant, it will only cover the cost of a few costume wigs I need to purchase and the printing costs of all of the pieces. I am already paying for the costumes, props, and some framing out of my very limited pockets.
So. . . . .
We need your help to transform the gallery from its boring white walls to a true environ deserving of a star of the silver screen.
~Phyllis McGillicuddy, President of the Prescott Pictures Society
I want this show to feel like a society of old women put it on (i.e. Phyllis and her Society). That they had their husbands come in to build and paint everything in there and that it is comprised of their obsessive collection of memorabilia. I studied museums and their architecture in college and I have always been fascinated by the "cabinet of curiosities" methods of haphazard display. Museums where you can sit on a 100 year old couch, see some 18th century curtains that are probably not being preserved properly, a diorama that isn't pertinent to the museum, but was donated, maybe some personal histories of the people who put the museum together and a doll left behind by a child. Something feels more genuine, more lived-in and less curated than a more sterile curatorial approach. I was so inspired when I went to the Hollywood Museum which is in the old Max Factor (makeup artist to the stars of the Golden Era) building and saw that they maintained this kind of approach.
In short, my purpose is to create a false historical archive through a variety of mediums. For this show, I am creating a giant screen-printed poster from the 1930s, several smaller posters, a slew of head shots and publicity shots, fake magazine covers, a fake autobiography (cover), a fake VHS cover, screen test shots, lobby cards, advertisements, Priscilla Prescott's obituary, portraits, and costumes, all of this to create the feeling that these people and their careers actually existed.
What I plan to do with the money from Kickstarter:
Luckily I have some friends who work in set-design and building and have offered to help me source and build some items. We will provide the labor, I just need your help to pay for these things!
* Display Cases: Purchase one desk-height display case, build or purchase one mannequin-height display case and used mannequin. And, if I can find a cheap or free vintage sink, build a display case and lighted mirror around it.
*Wall Decor: Purchase crown molding. Peach, gold and cream paint, some Roman Column detailing for the walls and a pair of small, ornate shelves.
* ETC: Lay down carpet remnant. Buy satin loveseat or chair if one comes along. A few lamps and a makeup mirror.
The $2600 I'm asking for is really the bare bones of what I need, and the more you give, the easier it will be for me to fully realize my vision.
If you could please help us in this Kickstarting adventure, I would be eternally grateful and also have some WILD prizes for you folks!
$10 or More - Dancing Dottie Flyer and personal note of thanks.
In June of this year I was asked to participate in a performance art show by 5790 Projects, a curatorial off-shoot of the Mark Moore Gallery specializing in Pop-Up shows featuring emerging artists. I did a two-hour long performance as Dancing Dottie, based on a real woman who danced in her backyard in a bikini much to the chagrin or salacious enjoyment of her neighbors in the 1950s. The flyer from this performance is available as a prize.
$25 or More - Priscilla Prescott Obituary and personal note of thanks
A Copy of Priscilla Prescott's Obituary from Moving Picture Magazine. Read about scandal, abuse, tragedy & passion! This will be a handout much like the Dancing Dottie Flyer. Plus personal note of thanks.
$30 or More - Your Choice Of Magazine plus personal note of thanks.
A single signed copy of: "DAY Magazine," or "Modern Candor" (both from Phyllis' modeling days). OR the forthcoming "HOLLYWOOD REMEMBERS PRISCILLA PRESCOTT" A magazine/show catalogue from THIS SHOW set for release on April 4, 2014 at Skylight Books in L.A. Plus personal note of thanks.
In my past work, I have recreated vintage magazines, with the end product being a magazine that you are not sure is new or old. I play all of the characters and write all of the short stories, all of which are autobiographical. I have produced two magazines this way so far: Modern Candor and DAY Magazine, based on Ladies' Home Journal and LIFE Magazine, respectively. "HOLLYWOOD REMEMBERS PRISCILLA PRESCOTT" will be based on Hollywood tabloid magazines of the 80s (the time of her death).
$50 or More - Your Choice of TWO Magazines plus personal note of thanks.
Your choice of TWO of the aforementioned magazines. Plus personal note of thanks.
*Note - If you already own both of my previous magazines, send me a message and I will replace that magazine with something of equal value.
All THREE magazines! Modern Candor, DAY Magazine, and "Hollywood Remembers Priscilla Prescott." Plus Dancing Dottie and a personal note of thanks.
*Note - If you already own 1 or more of my previous magazines, send me a message and I will replace that magazine with something of equal value.
A genuine, autographed 8 x 10 headshot of your favorite Prescott Family Player: Norma, Priscilla, Victoria or Tiffany (if there's lots of interest in the men, we'll add Raymond Victor and Lester Day to the mix). Previews will be available in January and you can choose then. These are KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE PIECES, they will be professionally printed works of art. Also the Priscilla Prescott obituary and personal note of thanks.
One 11 x 14" Lobby Card or poster from the Priscilla Prescott and Lester Day years OR the Lester Day and Victoria Prescott classics. Previews available in January. Professional editioned prints, I have reserved 3 of them for Kickstarter supporters. Plus copy of Hollywood Remembers Priscilla Prescott and personal note of thanks.
Limit of 2.
$300 or More - All 4 Autographed Headshots. Plus Priscilla Prescott Obituary and personal note of thanks.
All FOUR autographed headshots of the main Prescott Family Players: Norma, Priscilla, Victoria and Tiffany. KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE EDITION OF 10. Plus Priscilla Prescott Obituary and personal note of thanks.
ULTIMATE PRISCILLA PRESCOTT FAN PACKAGE:
-YOUR HAND* in a photograph with Priscilla Prescott for the new magazine: "Hollywood Remembers Priscilla Prescott."
- A copy of said magazine
- An editioned print of said photograph
- A signed headshot of Priscilla
- A lock of Priscilla Prescott's hair
- A scarf she once wore while driving
- A signed napkin she used to dull her lipstick
- And, of course, a copy of her obituary and personal note of thanks!
*Note: I like to use other people's hands in some shots, it is the only part I do not play myself. This person should live in or near Los Angeles or have access to a DSLR camera and a decent grasp of photography and lighting. Will be included in the credits.
Limit of 1.
$600 or More - A Date with Phyllis at the Tam O'Shanter in Los Angeles. Plus copy of "Hollywood Remembers Priscilla Prescott."
You DON'T want to miss out on this one! A prime-rib dinner date with Phyllis McGillicuddy at the Tam O'Shanter in Los Angeles. Can be scheduled for anytime during or after February. Plus copy of "Hollywood Remembers Priscilla Prescott," due out in April.
Only available in Los Angeles.
Limit of 2.
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Help us really make the place ZING! And remember, take care.
~ Phyllis McGillicuddy, President, Prescott Pictures Society
~ FILM CREDITS ~
Phyllis McGillicuddy . . . . . . . . . . . Lenae Day
Lenae Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Herself
Risks and challenges
Turning the Project Room into a Hollywood Museum will be hard work, but with the help of some friends who are set designers and builders, I already know what I will be buying, where, how much it will cost, and how to make what I need. There will be a lot of elbow grease involved, but I already have several volunteers as well as gallery staff to help me out, and I'm really good at elbow grease. We can make it happen if I have enough financial support.
As for the new magazine, the release date has been set at Skylight Books since last June for April 4, 2014. Since I have three months to finish the rewards, I'm not worried about falling behind on them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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