WHAT IS THE 52 WEEKS PROJECT?
For those blessed with being able to eke out a living as artists, the practice of art to that end can quickly become work. You have to shape the art to the demands of whatever work requires of it, and after a time, those requirements and the fiscal demands can easily make you forget the joys of the original act of creating that put you on this path in the first place. Art becomes work. As an answer to this, Greg Ruth began The 52 Weeks Project two years ago in an attempt to begin the work week with a simple act of play, and to codify this by committing to do this each and every week for a year. He never missed a week, and after the tremendous momentum and support from that first year, he swiftly continued for a second term.
The success of the weekly drawing project was entirely a testament to the power of play, and this book is intended to collect and celebrate these drawings under one roof. The book features Greg’s choice of best work from the first two years, where each and every Monday a new and entirely unique drawing was made, posted, and emailed out to subscribers to Greg’s mailing list.
From this simple premise grew an art project that has spawned a number of stories and gallery shows, including Greg’s first published children’s picture book, OUR ENDURING SPIRIT, illustrating President Obama’s inaugural address, published by Harper Collins. We are intending a hardcover art book, to be released at this year’s Comicon in San Diego in July, 2011. Please help us bring this project, which has been a joy to create during these last two years, to life.
We need your help to mitigate the very expensive printing and shipping costs including the extant fees for registering an ISBN number, barcode, and Kickstarter fees. While the amount listed doesn’t cover all of this, it would help tremendously in this venture, which is nothing short of a labor of love for both Greg and Allen. Allen Spiegel Fine Arts has published many art books for Jon Muth, Dave McKean, Kent Williams and others, but doing these artist driven projects, as a small independant publisher makes them expensive to produce, warehouse and distribute.
"To me, it is simply "the good stuff." The bottle of wine you save for the night when the levees hold, playing football with your brother on Thanksgiving morning, or taking your kids out for breakfast on a snow day. The real deal. The pure flame."
-Ethan Hawke, from the introduction.
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