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Drawing, printing, and mailing of Puzzle Set postcards that recreate images of Jerusalem.

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!  GO ON AND GET IN ON THIS WHILE GETTING IN ON THIS IS STILL GOING ON!  I've worked very hard on this project, and I still have more drawings to make and then once the postcards are printed, I'll have hundreds to stamp and address, SO...

at this point, the MORE BACKERS I get, the BETTER.  The MORE BACKERS, the MORE EFFICIENT my expenses and effort will be.  So PLEASE, contribute $1, $5, $7, as much as you like.   EVERYTHING HELPS. 

I'm still looking for a backer at the $101 level to complete my series of 9, and you'll recieve a 25 piece Puzzle Set.  One image, 25 seperatly mailed postcards, from Jerusalem.  Or get one of the Patron Bonuses, on the black market those can go for hundreds of thousands of dollars, but for you, $313, $461, or $647. 

Kickstarter is allowing me a venue to share my work in a bigger way that doesn't leave me in the hole financially.    THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CHECK ME OUT. 

This project is about sharing my drawings of Jerusalem with as many people as possible, via postcards.  I had one image printed, but as I continue to draw and get more and more inspired, I want to share more. So I'm raising funds to print 9 different images in Triptych and Puzzle Set form.     

                                                "Julie"

           1) Information in, information out:

                sharing my work with you

     The Triptychs and Puzzle Sets I'm raising funds for are like an album of nine songs.  When music is recorded from a live musician, the sound waves travel to the magnets of a microphone that converts the sound into electromagnetic pulses, those pulses are broken down digitally into data sent via cd or internet, read by a player which sends the signal through wires to the magnets of a speaker, which converts the electromagnetic pulses back into sound, traveling to you ear and reconfigured as music in your head.

    I'd like to do something similar with pictures.  I draw a picture, scan it into a computer, break it down digitally, where in digital form the images are then broken up into 3x3, 4x4, and 5x5 postcard-sized grids.  The grids are printed out, cut, stamped, addressed, sent through the mail to you, where you re-assemble them and perceive how I saw Jerusalem.

                               King Geogre and Jafo street corner.

              2) Information out, information in:

                           about my work

     As an artist, I strive to make reproducing what I see as natural as possible, as if I was breathing.  As I show in the movie, I don't look down at my work until I'm done.  I wear glasses with the bottom part taped off so I don't see my hands while I'm working on larger pieces.  If I take a break, I keep my work covered.  I also use two hands at once.  And I experiment with new things all the time in order to keep myself on the edge of how I'm used to seeing and drawing.  I like when my work communicates a balance of how I see and what I see, I find this happens more often at a point where I am both balanced and challenged.

     Sometimes I like to think of myself as some sort of experimental, multi-dimensional, sub-atomic-sensing, flawed human camera.  Cameras don't think about the light or shapes, they just let the light and shapes in.  This is what I try to do.  Using my human hands and software, it's far from perfect for recreating three dimensions, but I'm ok with that.  I love the unexpected, I love surprises.  I love being a human.

     And the reality is we don't live in the three dimensional world that cameras capture, so maybe in being human I am a camera for higher dimensions.  The three dimensions of space and the forth of time are the minimum we experience.  Thinking in more than four dimensions is an essential tool for modern theoretical physicists, and it might just be that we often experience more than four dimensions.  Dreaming, déjà vu, mystical and religious experiences, might all be experiences of a higher dimension where time doesn't just flow one way, but where one moment is connected to all other moments.  The act of memory might have a physical manifestation.  We could even be able to experience yet another dimension where not only is one moment connected to all other moments, but where one life is connected to all other life.


                                             "bikini sixstitch"  

        3) On being a Jewish Artist in Jerusalem

      Memory and connecting to other lives through time are topics I deal with as a Jewish artist in Jerusalem.  The history here is long and well kept.  Every year at Passover exiled Diaspora Jews said "next year in Jerusalem."  My father said it, his father said it, his father's father said it, and so on for nearly 2000 years.  I am proud to be here representing all my ancestors for whom Jerusalem was only a dream that kept them going through persecution.

     So my enthusiasm for sharing my experience via postcards isn't simply a travel log, it's also about just being able to come here.  This is particularly true of what I am trying to do with my drawings at the Western Wall.  It's a meditation on the historical significance of Jews being able to pray freely at the Western Wall.  When I draw there, I am one Jew of many praying freely. 

                      "The Kotel, fall 2011"

               4) A little about the Puzzle Sets

     The Wall is big, with many bricks.  Actually, all of Jerusalem is made of bricks. Drawing all those bricks, I start to think in bricks.  As a child raised on Legos, it's not hard for me.  And segmented images have been a recurring theme in my work for years,  (See the print sheet of my "500 self-portrait drawn with my eyes closed") (click here for selections from same)

     So I see the Puzzle Sets as both a continuation of a familiar theme and also an outgrowth of seeing a whole city built of bricks.

     And if you want a Puzzle Set, you'll get to play with bricks!

    Please help me get this project off the ground, and if possible, beyond my goal.        So pledge and share with your friends!

            Thanks for checking me out,

                                  Leland Leichman.

                                               "Emily, fall 2010"

                                             "the Kotel, 2012"

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    Patron Bonus Set #1: All 9 images of the series printed as 9 piece Puzzle Sets, each set is 30x45cm. 81 signed cards, mailed in one package.

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    Patron Bonus Set #3: All 9 images of the series printed as 25 piece Puzzle Sets. 9 sets at 50x75cm each. 225 signed cards, mailed in one package. PLUS! You just single-handedly backed my project!

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