This project's funding goal was not reached on October 21, 2012.
About this project
“There 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.”
We 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 written word.
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 necessary expenses.
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.
*Routes 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 India.”
NAME - Bradford Hill
AGE - 26
DISCIPLINE - Writer
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.”
NAME - Tahlia Roper
AGE – 23
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.”
NAME – Tommy Lee Ball
AGE – 26
DISCIPLINE – Painting, drawing, photography, and masonry.
TIME IN ARTISTIC SERVICE- 22 years.FOR THE RECORD – “As an artist I derive much of my work from my interest in history, natural or man-made. I use composition to give my work structure, and color to give it life.”
NAME – Cody Houston Greene
AGE – 26
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.”
NAME – Evan “Bill” Bogle
AGE – 26
DISCIPLINE – Industrial designer and fine artist.
TIME IN ARTISTIC SERVICE - Started art classes and lessons when I was 5 – been in love ever since.
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 own.”
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
Canvas, 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
I 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.
- (40 days)