While this, in original intent, was simply series of graphic art designs focusing on the spirit of the Southern United States, it became evident rather quickly to me that it had the potential to be so much more, and so, I'm humbly asking your help to make it so. I want this project to become something greater than just an artist trying to sell his work. To me, Charleston is the Paris of the South, and that is why a great majority of the subject matter in the series focuses on her. I've an overwhelming affection for the city, and I want this exhibit and installation to be a true and grandiose celebration of the her spirit.
She possesses a marrow rich with deep history, laced with mellifluous ghosts of a bittersweet past, a present of picturesque prosperity, and a promising future of opulence in vibrant spirit. There is a plush essence to the town of Charleston, one which I aimed to capture within parts of my series, "The Patchwork of History." When meditating on the life's blood of the city, two things came to mind-- obviously, the grandiose history, and secondly, the polychromatic hues of pastels-- the colors in the architecture, the flowers of the city's courtyards, gardens and plantations, in the art, and in the gracious soul of its residents. Knowing that all these combine and are juxtaposed in both the South and Charleston's cloak of personality, a metaphor and allegory of patchwork became insistent. There has also been a tradition of colorful eccentricity (while still maintaining a sense of taste) among the local gentry in the manner of dress for decades-- which to me, was best symbolized in the bright fabric of patchwork madras, a long held staple in the wardrobe of Charleston and the South. So, I began research, pouring through archives for images and relics (not subject to copyright laws) of Southern history, and began to explore avenues of expression with the purpose of merging them with dozens of various patterns of patchwork madras, discovering a workflow process in digital art to do just that.
The result is the current series, scheduled to be shown in an exhibition and installation at the Gadsden Gallery Collective in November of 2012. While the pieces of the series, printed on canvas are set to be hung, I need your help in making the installation as stellar, lively, and eloquent as the city itself. It is, after all, meant to be a celebration of Charleston and the Southern United States.
Through my research, I have also unearthed a good amount of film of Charleston, shot in the early 20th century, some by Thomas Edison around that century's turn. Having a background in film-making, I was able to apply a similar workflow process to the footage-- an example of the end result that you see about two thirds of the way in the video above, which achieved the same look I have with the still images that constitute the body of the series. It is my wish, that during the installation, to have these projected with some spellbinding special effects (using the magic of light, and "smoke and mirrors") for your viewing pleasure, to complement the exhibit. Additionally, should this effort to raise a modest amount of funds for the project succeed, it is my aim to have an reception/soiree at some point during the exhibition, with a Fitzgerald-esque/Jazz Age theme-- including a few notables of the local jazz scene playing ragtime standards in a live soundtrack to these films, tunes interwoven with the familiar melody of "The Charleston," the song that launched a dance craze of flappers and wanna-be Gatsbys.
It is my hope that you see the merits of my work on this series as a labor of love, and you'll see fit with a similar love for the city to contribute to the project. Depending on the levels of contribution, there are some rewards for your backing you'll see listed on this Kickstarter page-- a chance to get prints of some of the still images, promotional posters, etc., etc. from the project.
Now, what exactly will your backing fund? Well, the more money we raise, the more prints I can have on exhibit, and the more magic I can provide with illustrious projection of those great old films. Additionally, the Jazz band doesn't play for free. Also, we'll be providing some free beverages and light refreshments, which also will be coming out of pocket. The more money we raise, even beyond the goal of one thousand dollars, the better the event will be.
Once again, thanks for your interest and support. This has been a dream of mine for quite some time, and I am grateful for your help in bringing it to fruition.
Check out the end of the video for the graphic art prints flashed on screen, or head over to my website at http://www.bankspappas.com/the-patchwork-of-history.html to view the pieces one by one.
Additionally, please don't hesitate to contact me through either this site or my website: http://www.bankspappas.com/contact.html
Thanks for helping to make this happen!
Risks and challenges
As far as risks and challenges go, the risks will be limited, albeit personal. project and which ones pose challenges. If your project is complex (like designing a new product) greater detail is expected. Every project has risks and challenges, just be open and honest about yours.
There's always the risk, when one extends the toil of their art, for audiences not to "get" it or, additionally, to simply not have it appreciated. It takes a little courage to have the guts to throw the sweat of one's soul out for the world to see. My hope is that the love of the subject matter is evident and with the combination in skill of craft, shows merit.
In speaking of the skill of craft, one can foresee some challenges. There will be a few technical obstacles in pulling off some of the projection feats in the media and film presentation, but all in all the main challenge is financial-- hence the need for project backing.
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