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$10,466
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12days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, July 9 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

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HERE'S THE DEAL: 

I am transforming 50 acoustic guitars into musical automatons to create an immersive sound environment.


WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Music plays a profound role in our cultural identity. I am creating a gallery installation about our collective musical experience as Americans. I am mechanizing 50 acoustic guitars, one for each of the United States. The guitars will be of all different ages, types, and origins, creating a diversity of tone as unique as we are. Each instrument will be tuned to a different chord inspired by our musical grandparents: Blues and Country. The guitar automatons will be strummed in unison, creating an immersive sound collage. Now, I need YOU to help make this idea come to life!

The America I adore is deeply polarized to the point of violent interaction.  I want to make a piece that taps into our national ethos: Country and Blues, the two most American musical art forms. We all have a favorite song. When we love a song, it has the power to stimulate the full spectrum of feelings and memories. This power is also capable of building empathy and transcending political discord. I want to create a piece that dissects, affirms and perhaps makes us question our own personal myths of what it means to be an American.

In the studio. Working on "Soundtrack."
In the studio. Working on "Soundtrack."

CHARLEY FRIEDMAN'S ARTWORK

Humor is what binds my work together.  Because humor has no material preference, I move between sculpture, installation, performance, photography and video. I am intrigued by how we perceive each other and ourselves and how we invent systems to categorize our own egocentric worldview. Science Project, 2015, was the culmination of a two-year collaboration with Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Shane Farritor. The 11-foot-tall, 12-foot-diameter kinetic sculpture is composed of 85 every-colored beach balls tethered to a constantly rotating steel column.  The piece evokes the wonderment of childhood while contemplating the cultural contract of trust in Western science. Squirrel Gang, 2016-present, is an evolving installation made up of 110 life-size bronze squirrels. Together the squirrels form a proxy society. With each installation, squirrels are reconfigured to act out different allegories of human interaction, politics, and motives. The piece was most recently shown at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

SCIENCE PROJECT AT OMI INTERNATIONAL ART CENTER 

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The most prevalent themes in my work reflect my preoccupations with how individuals, nations and cultures develop and transmit ideas and values. How we perceive each other and ourselves and how we invent systems to categorize our own egocentric worldview. The work is anchored in a particularly American or First World idiom: Pop, Post-Minimalism, with a dash of kitschy consumerism. 

FAMILY PORTRAIT

2013 Archival Digital Print 30" x 45" This is the van I drive. The text is permantly affixed to truck. This is my family. The composition is based on American Gothic.
2013 Archival Digital Print 30" x 45" This is the van I drive. The text is permantly affixed to truck. This is my family. The composition is based on American Gothic.

The work is psychological with an undying interest in eliciting emotion in the viewer, not the quick response of shock, but rather the kinds of emotions we remember from childhood. It is the guttural “Ah hah” that I desire over any formal qualities. I want my viewer to feel before he/she thinks.

SQUIRREL GANG AT CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

Flower/Strawberry Gatherer
Flower/Strawberry Gatherer
Carrot/Mushroom Picker
Carrot/Mushroom Picker
Flower Leader
Flower Leader

REWARDS!

SPONSOR A GUITAR SETUP.  BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE ARTWORK.

$140: Guitar Sponsor: This level will purchase an entire guitar setup.   Send me your signature or come by the studio and sign the guitar.   You become a permanent part of the piece!  I’ll also send you signed print of my original sketch for the project.
$140: Guitar Sponsor: This level will purchase an entire guitar setup. Send me your signature or come by the studio and sign the guitar. You become a permanent part of the piece! I’ll also send you signed print of my original sketch for the project.

Bronze Squirrel

$1,000: A handmake bronze critter(not the one pictured) from Squirrel Gang.
$1,000: A handmake bronze critter(not the one pictured) from Squirrel Gang.

BILL MALONE, LEGENDARY COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORIAN: HIS ESSENTIAL PLAYLIST 

$15: The legendary country music historian, Bill Malone, author of Country Music USA, has graciously given his playlist of his 30 favorite and most important country music songs.   You get this gift as a spotify playlist.
$15: The legendary country music historian, Bill Malone, author of Country Music USA, has graciously given his playlist of his 30 favorite and most important country music songs. You get this gift as a spotify playlist.

GOUACHE STUDY FOR "SOUNDTRACK." 

This is my gouache study for "SOUNDTRACK.".  It is 11" x 16"(28cm x 40cm).   Printed on heavy card stock and signed.
This is my gouache study for "SOUNDTRACK.". It is 11" x 16"(28cm x 40cm). Printed on heavy card stock and signed.

THANK YOU NOTE BY MY ALTER-EGO, THE ADENOID

$20: Your name will personally be written on the card.  It will be sent to you as a pdf so you can download on the paper of your choice and put in an immensley expensive frame.  I love this award.
$20: Your name will personally be written on the card. It will be sent to you as a pdf so you can download on the paper of your choice and put in an immensley expensive frame. I love this award.

DONATE YOUR LONELY ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND BECOME PART OF THE ARTWORK

-Donate and send your lonely acoustic guitar that you saddly never use anymore. It will now become an integral part of the artwork. Please sign it! A bit of wear is perfect(like old jeans) but It can't be falling apart. You will receive a spotify playlist of essential country music by legendary musicologist Bill Malone, author of Country Music USA.
-Donate and send your lonely acoustic guitar that you saddly never use anymore. It will now become an integral part of the artwork. Please sign it! A bit of wear is perfect(like old jeans) but It can't be falling apart. You will receive a spotify playlist of essential country music by legendary musicologist Bill Malone, author of Country Music USA.

EDITIONED SILKSCREEN PRINT, SIGNED/NUMBERED, Editions Anaick Moriceau, Paris FR.

-$100:	 Hand-silkscreened print made by Editions Anaick Moriceau, Paris FR. Signed edition, 21" x 30,” 20 available.
-$100: Hand-silkscreened print made by Editions Anaick Moriceau, Paris FR. Signed edition, 21" x 30,” 20 available.

 GORGEOUS HANDMADE ARTIST BOOK/3 available

$2000: Gross Anatomy/Anatomia Completa, Editioned & Signed handmade artist book.
$2000: Gross Anatomy/Anatomia Completa, Editioned & Signed handmade artist book.

This project is solely not-for-profit.  We are volunteering our time, energy and know how because we want to see and hear this piece.  Your contribution solely allows us to buy the instruments and equipment(and perhaps a coffee).

Risks and challenges

While this project has presented some challenges in the initial engineering process, my technical partners Shane and Luke Farritor and I have already made several prototypes and perfected the design. We are now ready to proceed with purchasing the guitars and designing soundscape with Benji Kushner.

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