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An art adventure into the great unknown!
An art adventure into the great unknown!
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ABOUT OUR PROJECT
In fall 2012, our family will depart from Los Angeles and drive our VW Westfalia to the southern-most tip of South America.  During this year-long, over-land expedition, we will traverse more than 23,000 miles through 20 + countries including Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, & Brazil!  Once reaching Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina, we will figure 8 our way back home. 

The unique experiences in these far off places, the inhabitants we will meet, the landscapes we will explore and the roadblocks we are sure to encounter will ultimately shape our creative forces.  Casting our aesthetic in an outward net of vignettes and field notes, Adam will use the trip as the ultimate inspiration to create a new body of artwork for exhibition upon our return, including mixed media collage, drawing, photography, cinema and land art.

Our 1990 VW Westfalia - Transport // Home // Studio
Outfitted by our friends at GOWESTY 

ABOUT US

We are Adam & Emily Harteau and we became parents to Colette Nova (AKA "the ambassador of love and joy") in January 2011.  We have travelled through places like Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, New Zealand, Japan and even circumnavigated North America in our Westfalia driving 14,000 miles in 3 months... and that was just the two of us!  It will be an embraced challenge for our now family of three to live and voyage in a compact space that will triple as transportation, home, and art studio for over a years time.

Growing up off the grid - first in a school bus traveling the west coast, later in a cabin built by his parents in the woods - Adam is fluent in adventure.  As his companion in many a journey over the past 10 years, Emily is a well-versed co-pilot and epic camp chef.  Our Open Road will serve as a modern family portrait, as we shed our robes of comfort to reexamine the American Dream. We hope to inspire others to create, eat well, spend quality time together, and adventure into their own great backyards. 

Our Open Road
is an experiment in living simply while working to create great things.

WORKING IN THE WESTFALIA

As modern transcendentalists, we believe in the inherent goodness of both man and nature. Our ‘Grand Tour’ is the summation of the things we wish to show and teach Colette: simple living and richness of experience, love above all, togetherness, respect for others & the planet.  Our Open Road will become the surroundings in which to absorb these pure moments with our daughter,  pursuing clarity and unity of mind, body and spirit.  As in meditation, where 20 minutes can unfurl into hours, we seek to slow this precious time.

"Owens Valley"We will be making a living, breathing documentary through vignettes such as these that will be updated onto our website as chapters in our story; filmed and edited from our mobile studio.

Adam is also building a quiver of custom surfboards for the trip, applying his aesthetic to the third dimension - shaping, painting and glassing them by hand - using techniques and images from his traditional practices.  The surfboards become one-of-a-kind ridable sculpture, which will come in handy as we will be living close to the sea and will find inspiration in its waters from the Pacific to the Atlantic and the Caribbean!    

Emily is working on a camp cookbook specializing in healthy vegetarian recipes.  Here she is with our Africa adventure mobile/home/kitchen and Namibian sea salt she uses to cook with. 

Setting our unfurled dreams into action, we will use this time as an incubator to teach Colette first hand about geography, culture, language, art, food, philosophies, flora and fauna and the great wonders of the world.  

Upon our return an exhibition will be organized at a gallery to be announced. Works on paper, photography, cinema, documentation of land art and installation will all be represented.  

We appreciate you taking your time to look through our Kickstarter and hope you will join us on Our Open Road!

EXAMPLES OF ART WORK BY ADAM HARTEAU

details from a field notes sketchbook 

"Pacific Vibrations"
collage, ink, mixed media
28.5" x 20.5"
(inspired by the mighty Pacific Ocean)

"Submarine Earth Tremors"
collage, ink, mixed media
28.5" x 20.5"

photography ///
Southern Africa (Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa) 

photography /// 
South Island, New Zealand

                               /// For your generous pledge ///

Pledge $10 or more ///
custom postcard by Colette!  
Original crayon drawing by "the ambassador of love and joy"

Pledge $30 or more ///
The Essentials
12" x 16"  4 color process print (unframed, signed)

As we prepared to welcome our daughter we philosophized on what kind of life we would show her, and what we wanted to teach her.  FOOD WATER SHELTER LOVE.  These are “The Essentials,” a poster that Adam made in 2010, as Emily was pregnant with Colette. 

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T-shirt designed for COMUNE.  Adam is part of COMUNE's DropCity art collective and has just released this new shirt.  COMUNE's goal is to provide clothing that reflects the lifestyle of carefree idealism and to support the people that choose to live it.

Pledge $57 or more ///
"Run Off"
12" x 18"
4 color process print (signed)  

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"High Altitude"
15" x 24"
4 color process print (signed)  

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I will make you a small original collage - send me a note with who you are and what you want to see... past, present, future dreams and I will take your thoughts and create something special for you.  
4" x 6" 

Pledge $275 or more ///
Calif. Pelicans
24" x 18"
LINOCUT on water color paper -  A linocut is made by carving a design into a linoleum block, rolling on ink and pressing the block to paper.   Each hand-made and one of a kind, colors will vary. (Specify Sunset or Blk&Wht.)

Pledge $375 or more ///
"Himalayas"  
8" x 10" 
Coffee and ink on paper - I'm making a small run of these original pieces.

Pledge $425 or more ///
Muir Hut - 
9.5" x 9.5" x 1"
graphite, acrylic and wood - with handmade re-claimed wood frame.
(inspired by a 225 mile backpacking trip along the John Muir Trail, Sierra Nevada mountains)

Pledge $450 or more /// 
"Temple"
11" x 9'' x 1 1/2" framed. 
collage and mixed media

Pledge $750 or more ///  "Yurt for Sale"
14" x 14" x 1 1/2" acrylic on wood panel (inspired by travels through Hawaii) 

Pledge $950 or more ///
"Westy Base Camp"
17.5" x 15.5" x 1 1/2"
original: acrylic on wood panel
(hand built wood float frame)  For all you Westfalia lovers out there!


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Composition Expedition #1 & #2 
8" x 11" x 1 1/2" 
original: mixed media, collage 
(inspired by travels through Africa)

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Samoa Study #1 & #2
13" x 16.5" x 1 1/2" (framed)
original: mixed media, collage
(inspired by travels through Samoa)

Pledge $1500 or more ///
Fish house
36" x 17.5" x 1 1/2"Original painting, acrylic on wood panel, collage with hand build reclaimed wood frame.(inspired by travels through New Zealand)

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Lake Tekapu
52" x 35" x 1 1/2"
Original painting, acrylic on canvas with hand build float frame.
(inspired by travels through New Zealand)

Pledge $3,500 or more ///
Get a large original artwork that Adam will make while on the trip.  Made on canvas approximately 2.5' x 4'   

Pledge $7000 or more ///
Get the title of associate producer in the official credits of all of our vignettes we create on the trip.  Also your name will go on the wall at the culminating art show as a key sponsor!  Also receive an original art work made on the trip!

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    A BIG OL' THANK YOU !!! Also, we will shout your name from a mountain peak in the Andes and make a video to be posted on our website! + a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you!

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    Get a custom postcard by Colette! Original crayon drawing by "the ambassador of love and joy" + a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you!

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    You get a signed FOOD WATER SHELTER LOVE poster + a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! *domestic shipping included; please add $5 for international shipping. (print shipped in a tube)

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    Get a limited edition COMUNE T-shirt of "High Altitude made just for this project. Available in S/M/L/XL + an invite to the exhibition and a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! * domestic shipping included; please add $9 for international shipping.

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    You will get a 12" x 18" signed 4 color process print of "Run Off" + a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! *domestic shipping included; please add $10 for international shipping. (print shipped in a tube)

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    You will get a 15" x 24" signed 4 color process print of "High Altitude" + a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! * domestic shipping included; please add $10 for international shipping. (print shipped in a tube)

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    I will make you a 4" x 6" original collage - send me a note with who you are and what you want to see... past, present, future dreams and I will take your thoughts and create something special for you on the road + a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! *shipping included

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    You will get a 24" x 18" LINOCUT of "Calif. Pelicans" on water color paper - A linocut is made by carving a design into a linoleum block, rolling on ink and pressing the block to paper through. Each one hand-made and one of a kind. Colors will vary. (Specify Sunset or Blk&Wht.) + an invite to the exhibition along with a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! * domestic shipping included; please add $10 for international shipping. (print shipped in a tube)

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    You will get "Muir Hut" - 9.5" x 9.5" x 1" graphite, acrylic and wood - with handmade re-claimed wood frame. (inspired by a 225 mile backpacking trip along the John Muir Trail, Sierra Nevada mountains) + an invite to the exhibition along with a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! * shipping included

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    "Westy Base Camp"
    measures 17.5" x 15.5" x 1 1/2" and comes with a handmade wood float frame. Acrylic on wood panel. + an invite to the exhibition along with a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! * shipping included

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    You will get Composition Expedition #1 & #2. Two original mixed media collages inspired by my travels through Africa. They measure 8" x 11" x 1 1/2" each + an invite to the exhibition along with a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! * shipping included

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    You will get Samoa Studies #1 and #2. Two original mixed media collages inspired by my travels through Samoa. They measure 13" x 16.5" x 1 1/2" each and come framed + an invite to the exhibition along with a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! * shipping included+ an invite to the exhibition along with a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! * shipping included

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    You will get "Fish House". An original mixed media piece inspired by my travels through New Zealand. Measures 36" x 17.5" x 1 1/2" and comes with the handmade re-claimed wood frame + an invite to the exhibition along with a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! * shipping included

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    You will get "Lake Tekapu". An original painting inspired by my travels through New Zealand. Measures 52" x 35" x 1 1/2" and comes with the handmade wood float frame [acrylic on canvas] + an invite to the exhibition along with a subscription to our field notes blog so you can follow us on our journey! Thank you! * shipping included

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    Get a large original artwork that Adam will make while on the trip. Made on canvas approximately 2.5' x 4'

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    Get the title of associate producer in the official credits of all of our vignettes we create on the trip. Also, your name will go on the wall at the culminating art show as a key sponsor! Also receive an original art work made on the trip!

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