exists an unacceptable stagnancy within the American artistic mindset. Not to
say that there is not excellent work being created by artists around the
country, but it is a certainty that we are losing touch with ourselves.
Postmodernism should no longer be an acceptable term. We should collectively be
striving towards something new, something greater.”
Are We is a collaboration of artists from a variety of
disciplines (documentary filmmakers, acrylic painters, watercolor painters,
photographers, writers, and musicians) who are dedicated to rediscovering the
American artistic tradition. In the grand fashion of abstract thinkers such as
Kerouac, Thompson, and Kesey; We Are We will set out cross-country on a
40-day road trip (June-July 2013) aboard a reconstituted 1980’s Winnebago – traveling and
documenting the modern American way of life through paint, film, and the
Every member of the We Are We team will be
creating at least one piece of original artwork each day of the journey, with
every moment being captured on film for the purposes of creating a full-length
documentary. The artistic inspiration for the team members will be derived
directly from their interactions on the road with the modern American landscape,
as well as all of the fascinating and diverse people that inhabit it. The We Are We team will also be creating art projects that directly involve members of local communities visited along the journey; exploring the beauty of the arts, while also stressing how truly important they are. The money that you
contribute for this project will go towards refurbishing and fueling the
Winnebago, purchasing art supplies/production materials, and other
We Are We is not simply a group of
passionate artists; it is an idea. An idea that has the potential to manifest
itself into one of the greatest artistic collaborations the world has ever seen.
Help this idea, this dream, become a
reality – and you will forever hold a place in the hearts and minds of all
those who live life, and who do so driven by the passion to create.
are subject to change based on: time constrictions, weather, road hazards, etc.
Meet the Crew
NAME - Daniel Roher
AGE - 19
DISCIPLINE - Filmmaker
TIME IN ARTISTIC
SERVICE – 7 years
FOR THE RECORD - “I was born in Toronto, Canada and
attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts. I graduated from Etobicoke in 2011 with top honors, and was named as an Ontario
scholar. I elected to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design where I was
awarded a $100,000 scholarship to study Journalism and Film. My work has been
shown all over Canada and the United States, as well as in Poland, Israel, and
TIME IN ARTISTIC
SERVICE – Since I learned to write, I’ll say about 19 years
FOR THE RECORD- “I was born to a working class family, and I
have been reading and writing for as long as I can remember. After graduating
high school, I joined the USAF and was subsequently accepted as a member of the
Tactical Air Control Party. After four years of service, including combat
deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan, I left the service to pursue a
college degree full time. I am currently a scholarship student at the Savannah
College of Art and Design, as well as a published writer.”
DISCIPLINE - Photography
TIME IN ARTISTIC SERVICE -I have been creating since I was a ripe fetus.
FOR THE RECORD – “I was born to a couple
of party animals, and raised under observation in Sapulpa, OK. I have always
been three-steps to the weird and never plan on letting that go. During “childhood”,
I relied on my creativity in order to explore a much better world than my
actual surroundings could offer. Humor is often my favorite creative device to
fill any voids. While in high school, I had two major goals: 1. Graduate— 2. Graduate without getting
pregnant. I succeeded. After high school,
I had a short stint in college where I was easily bored, so I left for greener,
albeit patchy pastures. I would love to go back to school, but at the risk of
overwhelming debt, I’ve decided to wait it out until it becomes slightly more
affordable. I love to create, travel, and live… and pretty much just spend my
time doing that.”
DISCIPLINE – Acrylic on
canvas, ink, and other things.
TIME IN ARTISTIC
SERVICE – 14 years
FOR THE RECORD – ““The
passion to create visual images through whatever means necessary… It has always
been at the forefront of my mind. I’m influenced by early era impressionists
and skateboarding culture, mixed with graffiti and street art I guess. I like
to work with very high color and contrast, and will generally accompany that
with varied brushstrokes, sometimes heavy and manic. I love to create.”
TIME IN ARTISTIC
SERVICE - Started art classes and lessons when I was 5 – been in love ever
FOR THE RECORD – “Art has
always been consistent in my life in one form or another. At a very young age,
my parents discovered that I not only had an extreme passion for artistic form,
but also that I was pretty good at it. I started taking classes for fine art at
The University of Tulsa at the age of 13, then AP art classes through high
school, before going to college at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I graduated with a degree in Industrial
Design ,and studied painting and interaction design as well. I have proven
myself as a successful industrial designer and artist, now I would like to
blend these two mediums together to produce works that are a genre all their
Here is an in-depth breakdown of what your pledges are helping to create. The Winnebago
is being donated for our use, which is AMAZING, since renting or
outright purchasing is well beyond our budget. There are a few
mechanical issues we need to work out, and some modifications that will
obviously need to be done in order to accommodate the crew and
equipment... but with that in mind; We Are We would like to take this chance to once again thank our donor-- this would not happen without you! Now, here we go:
Engine repair and tune-up, bunk bed fabrication, auxiliary power supply, tires, tolls, parking/campsite fees.
Fuel cost - proposed route of 9,900 miles @16 mpg
staples, framing slats, acrylics, watercolors, watercolor paper, typing
paper, audio hookups, mass storage devices, back up hard-drives and
power supplies, film, etc.
*We are going to be building our own canvas frames on the road, as well as experimenting with a lot of mixed media/medium.
Taxes, Fees, and Document Prep.
Applicable taxes, licensing fees, and money transfer service.
Bear in mind for this next section, that we must account for not only the We Are We
team, but also the video editing/data management technician, as well as
the assistant videographer; who will also be acting as project manager.
So what we are really talking about here are the minor details, like:
food, water, and (heaven forbid) medical supplies.
So for those of you who love math -- that comes to 8 people in total, living off $20.31 per day (pork and beans will be the menu favorite), for a sum of 40 days. Giving us a total of...
FOR A PROJECT GRAND TOTAL OF: $15,000
would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our backers,
and anyone who has taken time out of their day to look over the
project/video. Lets keep this DREAM, moving towards a REALITY!
Great question! We are going to stop at cities and towns each day of the journey to create original art pieces. In order to gain perspective and promote artistic discovery, we will be going out and talking to local artists as well as every day people, exchanging ideas about art and life. The We Are We team will also be looking for the inhabitants at each stop to become directly involved in art projects! It is going to be a truly exciting way to explore art in America, while also promoting its importance.
You get full access to the We Are We website, a handwritten postcard from the We Are We team while they are on the road, AND a signed limited edition We Are We movie poster with a personalized thank you message from the entire crew!
You get a password to the We Are We website, a signed limited edition print of original artwork from Cody Greene, Tommy Ball, Tahlia Roper, or Evan Bogle, AND a signed manuscript of an original composition from Daniel Roher or Bradford Hill!
You get a password to the We Are We website, a signed limited edition print of original artwork from Cody Greene, Tommy Ball, Tahlia Roper, or Evan Bogle, AND a signed manuscript of an original composition from Daniel Roher or Bradford Hill, PLUS an ORIGINAL sketch from one of the artists with a personalized thank you message from the crew!
Let's not bother with the postage; We Are We is coming to you. With this pledge amount or greater, the We Are We team will come and have a personal visit with you, giving you a chance to be part of the artistic experience, as well as a shot at appearing in the film!
***Must live, or be willing to meet us within 3 hours of the described route.