In June 2015, we were given the opportunity to present our public art proposal "Minimalist Division" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art during "Art Prize Pitch Night." "Minimalist Division" is an experimental public art piece that investigates the line as a situation. The outdoor installation is comprised of rows of stanchions, which guide the participants to form a line as they wait to enter a mirrored cube. One by one, they are invited to experience anti-climactic art. We have to leave it as vague as that so we do not give anything away : )
After a killer pitch and a positive reception, we still did not take home the prize of $5000 and a hosting space. Instead of giving into defeat, we took it upon ourselves to find a venue, contact possible funders, and construct the piece on our own. Along the way we reached out to other local artists and curators who upon hearing our story and seeing our progress were impressed by our resilience and motivation.
Up until this point, the project has remained 100% self funded by different odd jobs. Even with such small funding we have been able to successfully construct the frame for the piece and only have a few high price items left to purchase. We currently need funding for two pieces of mirrored acrylic, plastic stanchion posts, business card production costs, and mirror adhesive. We are really underestimating the costs of all of these materials because with such a short amount of time left, anything helps. We honestly will do anything to see the project realized, even if that means self funding the whole piece.
Art Prize opens September 23rd 2015. We are going up to Grand Rapids September 20th to install the work, so time is super limited.
Risks and challenges
The production has gone along quite smoothly, but we always knew our funding was running low. We are both creative problem solvers and have been able to overcome any issues we have faced. Neither one of us had built a shed before, and this thing is perfect! Its so sturdy and beautiful. The only thing that stands in our way is money.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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