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Remembering place is an exhibition of original artworks by David Linneweh created from places remembered

My work has nearly always been concerned with examining my expectations for my surroundings; specifically landscape and it's relationship to place.  I'm often drawn to the formal shapes and colors of the buildings typically associated with living in the suburbs but I'm especially interested in how a place commands my attention.  These moments strike me as being significant and oftentimes I'll reach for my camera to take a picture to base a new work.

Many of the places I base my works off of are not unique unto themselves, yet they evoke a unique feeling when I see them.  These moments vary wildly from place to place and I might find myself taking a detour to photograph an old home, strip mall, or factory I've driven by.  The allure of a place is wrapped up in the expectations we create for them as a culture, as an individual, and how it relates to the idea of the American Dream.  These moments appear to be based off of memory or nostalgia but under the surface a tension arises between their idealized perception and the transitory nature of place. 

Vacant fast food resturant, Glen Ellyn, IL.
Vacant fast food resturant, Glen Ellyn, IL.

The photographs are a starting off point and inform the colors, shapes, and forms that will be used in one of my compositions. 

Re-Assembled Landscape (Glen Ellyn) 2011
Re-Assembled Landscape (Glen Ellyn) 2011

Incorporating representational and abstract elements in a way that reflects the temporary nature of places creates tension in the work.  Though the paintings are identified through place, they remain illusive and evoke the ideals of the American Dream while acknowledging their impermanence. 

With this exhibition I wanted to continue to explore all of these ideas while creating a discussion.  I think of "Remembering Place" as a collaboration, a way to share your unique places through my work and contributing to the creative process while having a piece of original work to keep for yourself.

I wanted to create a variety of ways for people to back this project which reflected their level of interest, so rewards are wide and ranging.  At the base level you'll receive a thank you note and postcard in the mail when "Remembering Place" opens in 2014.  You can help generate original works and add to the conversation by submitting images or videos that tell a unique story about your place.   The images and videos will be compiled and projected on the wall during the exhibition as part of a the slideshow called "Places" and a video entitled "Remembrances." 

Chouteau, OK (Left): Arlington Heights, IL (Right)
Chouteau, OK (Left): Arlington Heights, IL (Right)

All you do is send a high resolution photo that you've taken of a place you want to remember; select a painting or drawing, style, size, and I'll create a work to those specifications.   

Blueprint Drawing (Delevan, IL), 2013
Blueprint Drawing (Delevan, IL), 2013
Temporal (Amoco 3), 2013
Temporal (Amoco 3), 2013
Re-Assembled Landscape (Arlington Heights/Chouteau), 2012
Re-Assembled Landscape (Arlington Heights/Chouteau), 2012

All of the paintings and drawings created in this process will be exhibited in the exhibition with the documentation to be included in the catalog for "Remembering Place."  After the exhibition closes, I'll take the original work you helped create, pack it up and send it to you in the mail so that you have an actual piece of artwork from the exhibition.   

Backers who are interested in the documentation of the show can contribute to earn a DVD or Catalog of the exhibition.  The DVD will include the slide show "Places," the "Remembrances" video, and a documentary about my studio practice.  Catalogs will include reproductions of all the paintings and drawings in the show and feature a forward by David Linneweh and essay from Artist Benjamin Gardner.

Refurbished Landscape (Kansas) reproduction print
Refurbished Landscape (Kansas) reproduction print

Backers may contribute towards a 8" x 12" fine art reproduction that's printed on 400 gsm watercolor paper with archival ink.  This image will be based off one of the submitted places (reward 2) that I turn into an original work, serving as both the official postcard and print from "Remembering Place."   

I've also created a Documentation package for those interested in getting just the DVD & catalog or the Combination package which adds the print and an original (Blueprint) drawing. 

Over the course of the next year I'll create all of the original works for the exhibition and produce the DVD, catalog, print and postcard.  The show will culminate with the display of all the artwork with the projected slideshow "Places" and "Remembrances" video.  

Shipment of the works and documentation materials will proceed after the exhibition has concluded. 

International backers are free to participate but will have to pay  additional postage for shipping rewards based on location.

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One challenge for this project is that the exhibition venue and dates haven't been finalized and generally requires a year of planning. When approved the exhibition is managed into an institutions exhibition schedule which could be early or late 2014 but I will inform all my backers when we have a venue. I have a lot of experience submitting exhibition proposals that have been approved and I feel very confident this exhibition will have broad appeal considering the unique collaborative nature of Remembering Place.

Other challenges include organizing the production of the print, catalog, DVD, and planning the installation of the exhibition. My experience manipulating digital processes and producing many of the materials in previous forms will provide all the necessary tools and experience for me to complete the project.

My last reminder is that nearly all of the rewards will ship after the exhibition is completed. Domestic shipment is included in the rewards and any international participants will pay additional shipping depending on location.

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    1) Receive an official postcard for "Remembering Place" in the mail and a thank you note from Dave.

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    2) Take a high resolution digital photo of a significant "Place" and send it to Dave. Your image will be included in a wall projected slideshow during the exhibition and featured on the DVD. Dave may use your image to create an original work for the exhibition. Includes reward #1.

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    3) Record and submit a high resolution (1 minute max) video testimonial sharing a story or memory about your "Place" along with a high resolution image. Your video will be part of the "Remembrances" video and be projected during the exhibition. This reward includes rewards #1 & #2.

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    4) Receive the official DVD from the exhibition "Remembering Place." Your DVD features a slideshow of the submitted "Places," a video entitled "Remembrances" with all the submitted videos, and images of the artworks created for the exhibition. Other features include a video documenting Dave's studio practice. Includes reward #1.

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    5) Receive the official 8"x12" print created from one of the works Dave creates for the exhibition. This reproduction art print will be signed and editioned on 400 gsm watercolor paper with archival ink. Includes reward #1.

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    6) Receive the official "Remembering Place" catalog with reproductions of all the drawings and paintings Dave creates for the exhibition. The catalog will feature an essay from Artist/Professor Benjamin Gardner and a forward written by Dave. Includes reward #1.

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    8) Collaborate on an original 10"x16" (Blueprint) drawing by sending Dave a High Resolution photo of your "Place" with your requested color. He'll create an original drawing in colored pencil on paper to be included in the exhibition. You'll be acknowledged as a collaborator and the work will be identified as part of your collection in the exhibition, catalog, and DVD. When the exhibition has concluded Dave will package up the drawing and mail it to you. Includes rewards #1, #2.

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    9) Collector Package: Includes the 8"x12" print, DVD, catalog, original 10"x16" drawing. When the exhibition has concluded, Dave will package up the drawing and mail it to you. Includes rewards #1, #4, #5, #6, #8.

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    12) Collaborate on an original 10"x16" (Temporal) painting by sending Dave a High Resolution photo of your "Place." The painting is created by a laser transfer on wood panel that has been selectively drawn and painted over. You'll be acknowledged as a collaborator and the work will be identified as part of your collection in the exhibition, catalog, and DVD. When the exhibition has concluded, Dave will package up the painting and mail it to you. Includes rewards #1, #2.

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