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In October 2014 I will be creating new work and collaborating with scientists and artists aboard a sailing vessel in the Arctic Ocean.
In October 2014 I will be creating new work and collaborating with scientists and artists aboard a sailing vessel in the Arctic Ocean.
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About Daniel Kukla

I work as a photo-based artist with formal training and interest in the biological and anthropological sciences. The work articulates our ever-changing relationship with the natural world by engaging contemporary environmental and social themes. As a calculated investigation, my projects document and bear witness to these important issues; through highlighting the beautiful and the bizarre, and retaining the experimentation of the scientific perspective, I offer a vantage point on these subjects that can destabilize, challenge and provoke.  My work has been exhibited in the United States, UK, Burma, Canada, China, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore and Spain, and has been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Wired Magazine, On Earth Magazine, Guernica Magazine, Esquire, and National Geographic.

About the Expedition

I was recently invited to take part in a very unique artist residency that takes place aboard a sailing ship in the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard, just 10 degrees from the North Pole. This residency represents the perfect fusion of my interests in the sciences and the arts by inviting both artists and scientists to collaborate on projects relating to this unique region of the world.

Please view my website, Daniel Kukla, or see below for examples of my past work. The Arctic Circle Residency Website

At the Arctic Circle Residency I will to continue my work on global warming and focus my efforts on a site specific project idea. The location of the expedition is crucial for me to develop my work with climate change as it will insert me within an environment that is at the forefront of these natural processes. Much of my past work explores the shifting tensions between humans and the environment and I foresee the projects carried out on the residency to deal similar issues and be rooted in the photographic process. The work created during this residency will be exhibited in New York City during the 2015 calendar year and plan to travel the work elsewhere to reach a wider audience.

I'm creating a KickStarter campaign to help fund the cost of this expedition. Due to the remote nature of the residency the travel cost are high and I will need an array of specialized equipment, clothing, and photographic supplies to create the work and deal with the harsh conditions in the Arctic. Your contribution will allow me to fully realize this residency, develop new bodies of work, and ultimately contribute to a lasting visual record of the profound changes that the Earth is experiencing.

How Will Your Kickstarter Contribution Be Used?

Major costs associated with this project:

-Clothing rated for the extreme climate of the Arctic (parka, gloves, boots, gloves, socks, etc)

-Aerial photography equipment and drone

-Travel expenses. This includes airfare, car rental, gas, food, and research expenses

-photo and video post production and equipment

-website and online project development

-fees (Kickstarter has a 5% fee, plus Amazon has a 5% credit card fee).

Thank you for your time and support!

Daniel

Emergence, from the series Glacial Rebound 2011
Emergence, from the series Glacial Rebound 2011
Untitled, from the series High Spark 2014
Untitled, from the series High Spark 2014
Echo Tee Rock, The Edge Effect 2012
Echo Tee Rock, The Edge Effect 2012
Glacial Melt Waters, from the series Glacial Rebound, 2011
Glacial Melt Waters, from the series Glacial Rebound, 2011

 Teamed up with artist/illustrator Cupid Ojala to create these great illustrations of fictitious scenarios of me in the Arctic. For a $30 donation receive a 6x6 archival inkjet print of one of the below. To purchase the original prints or commission a project please contact Cupid directly at cupidojala@gmail.com

Ice fishing with Arctic seals
Ice fishing with Arctic seals
Intimate Reindeer Encounters
Intimate Reindeer Encounters

Risks and challenges

I successfully funded a Kickstarter in 2012 for a very similar residency that took place in Joshua Tree National Park. The major barrier that I encountered with this project after it was funded was time. Balancing a day job, my artistic practice, the residency and my life was incredibly difficult, but through this process and the support of friends and family I was able to find ways to strategically organize my time and keep the momentum of the project.

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    You're on my official thank you list of donors and mailing list for updates about the trip and exhibitions.

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    Receive an 10x10 signed c-print and a letter about one of my experiences in the Arctic.

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    15x15 signed c-print from the trip, a letter about one of my experiences in the Arctic, and a vial of glacial melt water.

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