An art project of local Gay Celebrities around the Rhode Island area to bring a larger sense of community and awareness at Pride 2013.
The Mythos of Homo is a project conceived by artist Phil Shaw with the intention of bringing together local gay celebrities and personalities to star as incarnations of characteristics that are the LGBTQ community. Together with these individuals and director of photography Jonathan Luke O’Brien, a series of works will be created and displayed during Pride this June in Providence, RI. Currently The Mythos of Homo seeks sponsorship to do two things. First, the sponsorship will aid in funding the production of the art and exhibition itself. This is intended to be able to display the works in the best way possible to give it the audience it deserves as well as to allow it to speak it’s message of community and support. Secondly, the sponsorship will aid in awareness brought to Aid’s Care Ocean State and other gay causes in the Rhode Island area (for specifics contact Phil Shaw at email@example.com). With your help, The Mythos of Homo will be able to shine this June and help rock Pride. Support us today. Anything helps. Love Always!
As an artist I have always been interested in popular culture and diversity within. As a gay American artist I am currently exploring unique ways to express the beauty and essence of the LGBT community through the use of Pop Culture imagery. While working in New York City for famed photographer Steven Klein, I studied the connection the LGBT community had with Popular Culture through work with clients like Lady Gaga and Madonna. Further investigation of this, through working with designer Jonathan Joseph Peters on a collaborative fashion/art line “Delerium” during StyleWeek 2013, would show me the importance of glamour in pop gay society, most identifiably with the drag queen.This proposal is for an art project/exhibition/event featuring the local drag queens, night life personalities, and other local gay celebrities like Davey Wavey as my muses/stars. Here, I am proposing works with local gay celebrities to represent the gay community as a whole. For this work series specifically I intend to represent the origins, mythology, magic, and life of gay culture. Each individual will embody the persona of a God/Goddess created to represent characteristics of the LGBT community. The working title for the series/exhibition would be “The Mythos of Homo”.
Of personal interest to me is the idea of creating works that can be identified as referencing homosexual culture, drag culture, and pop culture while supporting diversity as a whole. In response to this idea, I wish to create a series of works that speaks on this concept through use of the local queens and figures photographed in a blank space, digitally and manually collaged mythological imagery, modeled off of works by DaVinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Warhol (The reference of works by the listed artists above is also important to the project as a whole due to the fact that each was either assumed gay or publically gay), and physically produced in a Pop like manner with brightly colored painted frames to bring the images to life. This idea all with the intention of having homosexuality read as both historic and mythological/magical, as well as empowering the audience to find the power within. In a manner the works are intended to be both fun, fashionable, and read as a major part of popular culture. This contrast of the traditional and the liberal, I find, gives a stylization of imagery that can be personal to individuals as a whole. From viewing the mock-ups of proposed works (included) one can see that Warhol has influenced the way I perceive and render ideas in my own work, this being a sort of “Neo-Pop Art”, which I think will play well with our current society. In terms of specifics for the project the following steps will lead to the projects execution, production, and exhibition.
First, the project will beging photographically. The photo-shoot will be a simple shoot against a solid background with the figures in simple costuming. Local photographer Jonathan Luke O'Brien is on board to aid in the photoshoot as the director of photography. Makeup will be provided to give the figures “God like” appearances. I do wish each queen/figure to give input with their ideas, and be involved heavily in their appearances in order to make their identities shine.
Secondly, the works will be created mostly in post-production through digital and analog manipulation. This process is very personal to me because I find it is the manner in which my work steps apart from the crowd. This involved both digital and manual collage, painting, printing the images, rescanning them, rephotographing the images and really experiementing with the images.
Third, would be printing and production. I have three tiers of production methods ranging from priciest, to mid-level, to economical. Each level will provide the work with proper production but each has its benefits. As mentioned above, the plan is to have the works printed, approximately 24" by 36" each and frames with large brightly colored frames. The vision of the aesthetic of the production would be very Pop Art like but with a contemporary digital twist. (Mock-ups of final production are also included).
After production is finished on the works, planning the exhibition and event will be the next step. The idea behind this is to try to work with local venues and do a single night or longer exhibition of the pieces. I have been in talks and consulting with local gay pride organizations to work out which venue will be possible as well as to discuss the possible opportunities for this during Pride. Exhibiting during June is crutial for the works inorder to be in support of LGBT pride.
Next would be the part 2 of the project event which would be a more party type event for the work. I plan on talking with local gay bars, like the gay club The Dark Lady, The Stable, or The Mirabar to aid in putting on an event that also shows the work but in a different manner. I plan on having the works projected on to fabrics around the bar and having a party to not only celebrate the works but also celebrate pride and the LGBT community. This manner of presentation is to bring the art out of just a gallery setting and allowing it to become part of the celebration. For this I am looking into large measures of white fabric as well as a large scale projector (rental).
Also for this exhibition food and wine costs muct be considered as well as media and advertisement costs. I plan on working to get food and wine included for this exhibition. This can range from light appetizers to light mini desserts. Beverages can range from Beer, Wine, and Tonic to a simpler selection. As for Advertizing I plan on having posters (18" by 22") and postcards (approx 1000) printed in order to bring awareness of the project and the event. The posters and postcards will be sent around to the local Gay Bars/Clubs, as well as local businesses. Should approached individuals and businesses give funding for the project/event, they will get first edition rounds of the posters and advertisements.
In conclusion, I propose the series to be around 10 pieces. The audience the project is intended for would obviously be the LGBT community, the open-minded, diversity supporters, art lovers as well as fans and followers of the local queens and gay figures. The project will be conducted by myself, Phil Shaw, and my local drag queen model-muses. Once the images are complete, I would like to sit down and discuss submissions to GET and other publications, exhibitions with RI Pride/Gallery Q during PRIDE, and event opportunities to ensure proper exposure and audience participation.
Below is a list of approached individuals who have agreed to be a part of the project and the LGBT-like God/Goddess I am considering them for:
Kitty Litter- Goddess of the Party/Night Life.
Sabrina Blaze and Evie Van Cartier- Goddesses of the Rainbow
LaDiva Jonz- Goddess of Fierce
BeBe- Goddess of Fairies and Fish
Khloe Glamore- Goddess of Family/Love
Payton St. James- Goddess of the LipSync
Jacqueline Dimera- Goddess of Queer/Activism
Ada Adore and Elle Davenport- Twin Goddess of Identity/Love
Bianca Knight- Goddess of the Dance
Haley Star- Goddess of Seduction/Attraction
Davey Wavey- God of the Body
I also will have dancers/models for background/interaction in the images and the events themselves. Dancers include: Erica Reichert, Allen Phinney, possible Dance 2 Save Dancers.
Makeup will be done by MUA Lauren Shaw, Phil Shaw and the figures themselves.
Apparel will be the figures own, in order to have the figures identifiable as themselves within the context of the works. As well as possible pieces created by Phil Shaw.
Director of Photography: Jonathan Luke O'Brien
Exhibition Venue: Currently in negotiations with Gallery Q (venue offered by RI Pride)
Event Venue: In negotiations.
Work Production: $1,500 For printing each of the images, shipping of products mounting on wood, framing with molding, painting the framing, finishing the images with varnish, installation of the works, fabric measures for event, projector rental (should be needed), and the labor involved.
Media/Advertizing: $800 For printing of posters, prints, postcards, as well as taking ads out in Pride Guide, ProJo, Get and any local LGBT other magazines.
Food/Beverage/Supplies: In negotiations but Approx. $600-800 For light appetizers and/ or light desserts, Beer, Wine, Tonic, Soda, Waters, Cups, Napkins, toothpicks, plates.
TOTAL: Approx. $3000-$4000.
Sponsors have potential to reach approximately a projected 196,900 people in combined fans and individuals of the local celebrities and workers involved. (numbers estimated from number of social media connections on Facebook and Twitter.)
Sponsers also have the potential to reach the average attending audience of the annual Rhode Island Pride celebration which is approx 15,000 people. (numbers based off statistics provided by RI Pride.) In an estimated total, not including reaching their own fans and patrons and friends, the sponsors have the opportunity to reach about 211,000 people.
Involvement in this project will aid sponsors in more potential business through the reaching of the many same-sex families in Rhode Island and surrounding areas. Same-sex families tend to be double income familys. As of 2011 in Rhode Island alone the number of same-sex households was approximately 3,664. Statistics show that homosexual households in the USA average between $70,000 and $120,000 per year. The average income in the USA is approximately $60,000 per year specifically in Rhode Island. This is roughly 15% more per average income. Sponsors reaching the projected individuals will be reaching individuals with more income than the national average which can result in more potential income for the sponsors through involvment with this LGBTQ centric project. Also according to CNN Money, the average LGBTQ indivudal makes “$61,500 compared with the national median of $50,054 -- but they also carried about $4,000 less in debt than the average American and had $6,000 more in household savings. They were even slightly more likely to have jobs in the first place, with an unemployment rate of 7% versus the national rate of 7.9%, Prudential found. “ *Statistical information based on information provided by city-data.com, CNN Money, Huffington Post and NCFMR Family Profiles.
Another fun and interesting fact that pertains to this project is that members of the LGBTQ community overall are very supportive, interested, and involved in the arts. According to Boston.com, “there is a connection between the arts and being gay...” Also according to the book Art and Homosexuality by Christopher Reed arts and homosexuality/LGBT culture are intertwined. “Art and Homosexuality offers a brilliant and accessible account of the complex links between art and sexuality. With case studies drawn from societies around the world, attention to lesbian, as well as gay, artists and audiences, and its demolishment of longstanding orthodoxies, Art and Homosexuality is destined to become the go-to book on this controversial topic.”--Martin A. Berger, author of Sight Unseen: Whiteness and American Visual Culture In basic terms, the audience of this project is the LGBTQ and friendly/accepting community, thus the sponsors will be exposed to these individuals in the estimated numbers provided. As the project itself is an arts driven endevour, generally speaking it will be of interests to the LGBTQ community. Also as the LGBTQ community in general, according to the mentioned statistics, makes a high annual income according to the average, this becomes more potential business and exposure for the sponsors through involvement with this project.
Diamond Sponsor: Valued at $1000+
Business/Company/Individual Identity included in the actual artwork of the project. Premium placement on marketing materials. (Extra Large Logo) Listed as Primary Sponsor/Presenter. Mention in Social Media for Project. First run of marketing materials. First mention in project thank you listing. exposure reach of about a projected 200,000. An exclusive gift print signed by artist Phil Shaw.
Sapphire Sponsor: Valued at $500+
Second level placement on marketing materials. (Large Logo) First run of marketing materials. Second level mention in Social Media for project. Mention in project thank you listing. exposure reach of about a projected 200,000. An exclusive gift print signed by artist Phil Shaw.
Ruby Sponsor: Valued at $200+
Third level placement on marketing materials. (Medium Logo) First run of marketing materials. Third level mention in social media for project. Mention in project thank you listing. exposure reach of about a projected 200,000.
Emerald Sponsor: Valued at $100+
Forth level placement on marketing materials. (Business name) Small of marketing materials. Business name mentioned in Social Media. Mention in project thank you listing. exposure reach of about a projected 200,000.
Opal Sponsor: Valued at $50+
Limited number of marketing materials. Mention in social media. First mention in project thank you listing. exposure reach of about a projected 200,000.
Crystal Sponsor: Valued at $25+
Mention in project thank you listing. exposure reach of about a projected 200,000.
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For this project with my goal as bringing a larger sense of community to the Providence and Rhode Island area LGBT community, I want the work to read clearly and powerfully and avant-garde. With out proper funding for the production, the works may risk improper exposure for the project during Pride Month.
Secondly, marketing materials are important for the works in oder to advertise the exhibition/event for Pride. This is important so that the work can reach its proper audience and hopefully beyond that!
Also should setback arise where during production of the artworks there is an unforseeable problem, the funding of this project will help me fix the problem so that the works can still reach the audience I intend and speak my message to the LGBT community.
Say the funding comes through, the main challenge is putting together new, fresh and avant-garde artwork that shows something new to the Rhode Island LGBT and friendly community. Regardless of how difficult it may be, my goal is to push the line of art here in Rhode Island for the gay community so united we can show Rhode Island something new and a future that we are a dominant part of.
I guess all I can really hope and ask for is that I achieve this goal so that this message of acceptane, equality, and community can made and reached to the community of Providence, Rhode Island, and beyond.
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