Thank you to all that have helped the Life Form exhibit along so far. It is deeply appreciated.
This project builds the first installment exhibition of my new Life Form photography series made from 2013 to 2017. It funds the framing of ten 40 inch prints to add to an existing 6 framed works. Gallery space does allow for another six 40 inch prints if stretch funding is pledged to $11,500.
These photographs are celebrations of the wonder of living form, made into large, deeply focused studies of the raw sensual beauty of flora. The photographs are both eerily realistic and abstract, sacred and alien. Many of these species come from exotic and fragile ecosystems which are often under threat of overuse or development. I hope this work will engender a much deeper appreciation and respect for these organisms and their birthplaces that allowed them to evolve.
This project uses contemporary photographic techniques that allow previously unseen uncannily sharp renditions of truly exotic form.
The Life Form Series has opened up new aesthetic paths for me but was born from the loss of a friend. It was also a period of deep introspection for me that this new work was uniquely complementing.
The creative hard work has been done. Over 4 years, the idea has transformed into a finished body of work. A set of 40 inch prints have been very carefully made. The remaining tasks are to frame the show and create supporting materials. Canon has supported this project in many ways, with printers and supplies, most recently framing six of the exhibition prints with the preview they showcased at October 2017's PhotoPlus in New York. Hahnemühle has also greatly helped, providing the Museum Etching paper (which I helped design) as the project evolved.
As with most fine art projects, funding is difficult, and a variety of sources is usually necessary. Many have already pitched in, Canon, my framer Darin Steinberg, Shelldance Orchid Nursery. My partner Fiona McDonnell has supplied enormous support and ideas. With your help funding the framing, a preview exhibition will open to the public at Sacramento's ViewPoint Gallery in March 2018. The show will then return for a run at my gallery at the Pacifica Center for the Arts as we are arranging for a museum tour.
My fascination with sensual organic form knows no limits. The natural beauty that drew me to photography is most profoundly manifested by the very sensuality of natural form itself. It's beauty is deeply emotional, bound up in the basic instinct and desires of our humanness. Finding such form in the real world has been my career. This work concentrates that intrigue on the wonderful and strange form found in plant life. Closely examined, these seemingly familiar, fellow creatures of this planet, become profoundly compellingly strange, almost alien and irresistible to explore with care, deep focus, sensitively and without embellishment.
This project funds the matting, framing, crating of 10 prints and some promotion of this exhibition.
10 38x50 maple frames under UV acrylic and 8 ply matt. $5600
3 large shipping crates: $1000
50 promotional posters: $250
$6850 + 10% Kickstarter fee = $7535
Additional stretch funding beyond the amount needed here can provide for framing 6 additional large prints. The prints are ready and we have learned since launching this campaign, that the gallery can accommodate 22 instead of 16. Additional funds could also be used to enrich the exhibition with small 3D lenticular prints made from the 3D models the process creates. Also additional interpretation could be developed, some lecture and workshop video editing from the project and preparation of a book could begin. If substantially more is raised, we will hire researchers and writers for the book and work hard on its development.
A bonus 8x10 print will be awarded to all contributors above $500 if our funding goals are exceeded. If we exceed $15,000, all donors above $500 will receive instead a larger bonus 9x14 print. If this project raises considerably more than the needs for exhibit construction, the funds will be used to help produce the book and exhibition touring.
I deeply appreciate your help with this project and look forward to keeping in touch as the work proceeds.
Risks and challenges
Any body of artwork requires not only the inspiration of an idea, but the very hard work of creating the art. In the end, the art needs to be seen, as original prints with all of the passionate beauty the photographer can pour into the work. Getting that work on the wall requires beautiful presentation.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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