note: even though we've reached our goal (!) for this kickstarter (after 2 weeks), we are still actively seeking funding and appreciate any level of involvement....
Tony TEMPT1 is an artist, publisher and social-activist based in Los Angeles, California. He was a pioneering artist in the California graffiti scene in the 1980's and 90's and influenced a younger generation of graffiti writers with his vision to build community through art. Sadly, in 2003, TEMPT1 was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ( also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease), a degenerative neuromuscular disorder that causes paralysis and ultimately death. Over the course of 5 years, he lost the ability to move his arms and legs, speak, eat and even breathe without life-support systems. But, the disease has left his mind alert, and his creative spirit and drive to make art completely intact.
One year ago, TEMPT1 teamed up with a group of artists and hackers from the Graffiti Research Lab, OpenFrameworks and Free Art and Technology communities to develop free and open source eye tracking and drawing software that has helped him make art again for the first time since being hospitalized. Not only is he drawing again, but he's creating new and complex letter forms, designing font libraries and evolving a brand new style using new and old technology in ways no one could have imagined. After seven years of paralysis, TEMPT1 has again become a pioneer in a new community of creative individuals who refuse to let neuromuscular diseases stop them from expressing themselves through art.
This Kickstarter campaign is an attempt to raise the money TEMPT1 needs to create a new collection of original TEMPT1 artwork and merchandise using the EyeWriter 2.0 software, robotic technology, traditional print-making techniques, as well as his community of friends, fans and peers. Supporting this campaign will not only allow TEMPT1 to continue to make art and express his ideas, but it will give him a chance to again become a professional artist, independently support himself and his family, pay for his medical bills, and make a contribution to the contemporary art world.
The pieces in the Kickstarter campaign include:
- T-Shirts drawn by TEMPT1 and printed by Chris Glass
- Letter press prints by TEMPT1 printed by Arianna Orland
- Robotic arm gestural interpretations of TEMPT1's cholo letter forms by Golan Levin.
- A special xerox zine about TEMPT1's work and message with his old friend and collaborator Eyer.
- An original type face drawn by TEMPT1 that can be installed for use on any computer.
View the side bar on the right for a complete list of projects.
100% of the $15,000 goal will go directly to TEMPT1 to help produce his art, cover his hospital costs and help support his family. Anything above that amount will be split 50/50 between TEMPT1 and research and development costs for future versions and improvements of the EyeWriter system.
For updates, please follow @eyewriter on Twitter.
For more information on the EyeWriter initiative, please go to: http://eyewriter.org For more background on TEMPT1, please go to: http://estria.blogspot.com/2009/10/tempt-one-creates-art-with-only-his.html
Thanks for your support.
Zach Lieberman, James Powderly, Tempt1, Evan Roth, Chris Sugrue, Theo Watson
please note: if you are overseas (shipping is from nyc / ohio / california) please consider adding 5$ or 10$ for additional shipping costs. we'll still ship no matter where you live for all pledge amounts, but it can help with costs as Kickstarter prices don't include shipping. Thanks!