After years of hard work. I've finally got my own one man show in NYC coming up this April! The gallery space, called the Walkway, is the heart of ReBar, an incredibly popular restaurant/bar/event space/cinema - "a shrine to the art of eating and drinking" on Front Street in Brooklyn. http://www.reinspirebrooklyn.com/the-walkway http://rebarnyc.com/
I'm on Kick trying to raise enough funds to ensure all of the prep work for the show is properly completed and raise it to a level my curator and I can both be proud of. Items left on my to-do list are:
- have new work professionally photographed
- develop full colour 12" x12" poster prints of 8 - 10 of my paintings to be sold at the show
- have some of the costs involved in producing approximately 18 affordably priced, hand pulled silk screen and mono print works covered
- frame small works
- produce promo material
- have enough capitol to not only transport my art, but also to cover my own transportation to Brooklyn a minimum of four times for the show over the next few months.
* a break down of costs is listed at the bottom of the page.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Last year I set several goals for myself, most of them designed to get me to my ultimate goal: a one man show in New York. After months of hard work during which I: produced stacks of mixed medium illustrations and paintings, had my work photographed, had a portfolio brochere printed, took two web design classes at RISD, was involved in at least 6 gallery shows from Newport to Boston (including one hefty and very successful show at UGLY Gallery in New Bedford http://www.facebook.com/pages/UGLYgallery/170878809635850), and was subsequently invited to hang my work in several businesses including Thuro Skate (so cool!) on Boylston Street in Brookline http://www.facebook.com/ThuroShop.
Once I reached my goals and produced all the materials I needed to show my work to galleries, I decided to make two trips to NY - one to explore the city and research galleries, the second trip was to talk to galleries that I thought were a good fit.
Although I met a lot of wonderful gallery people who enjoyed my work, I didn't find the proper fit till the the end of the last day of my second trip. On Sat. Oct. 1st I met CAM (Craig Anthony Miller), owner of ReInspire Brooklyn, and I had my show.
I am deeply honored to be an artist CAM (http://www.craiganthonymiller.com/) is interested in showing because not only he is a revered artist but he is well respected for his public work around Brooklyn including the famous Water Street mural, which was recently featured in a Timex ad waterstreetmural.tumblr.com/post/12473298799/timexfacebook :
MY BACKGROUND STORY: This show at ReBar is something I had always hoped for but never could have imagned a few years ago. Not only was I used to painting work that is/was pallitable and specific to Cape Cod but I also almost lost the use of my arms as the result of my llast job - in 2006 I was working as the fulltime artist for a very and popular grocery store chain that has a location on Cape Cod. I loved my job and all the work it entailed but the manager kept pushing me to work faster and faster and do more, more, more. Being a single mom I just kept working and eventually I was noted for making our store one of the top 5 in the coast to coast, grocery store chain. Eventually, however, I was pushed to the point where I tore the tendons off my elbows, shredded the muscles in my arms and had carpal tunnel so bad surgeons said I'd never be able to paint again. The injuries led to massive nerve damage that's spread throughout my body in a rare neurological illness called: CRPS/RSD. Subsequently, the store went from having one full time artist to having to hire 2 full time artists and 2 part time artists to replace it's permentantly injured artist and the manager has since been moved to a new store location.
However, regardless of what the surgeons said, I was and continue to create work. The drive to paint is so much a part of me that, when I first injured myself, and before I had surgeries to repair the shredded tendons in my arms, I would finagle my paint brushes into my arm braces to work. For the first couple of years, I couldn't paint for long, sometimes only a few seconds at a time but I had to keep working. Eventually, I had four surgeries to correct some of the damage. After a few years my hands and arms healed enough where I could hold brushes and drawing instruments in my hands again . In 2009 I left Cape Cod and my artwork just exploded - I went from straining to do portraits of people and seaside trite to creating huge (for me) freeing works routed in emotions, words, deifintions, math equations and theories, and emotional repair.
Since the move off Cape Cod, I've lived in 4 different spaces, been in at least 12 shows between Boston and Newport, sold several large works and prints, started working on new to me materials like skateboards, joined AS220 Printshop in Providence RI, taken endless printmaking classes and made friends with people who keep thri focus and are working just as hard as me to reach their goals. I feel like I've finally got some footing in life but pulling together this show is proving to be far more costly than I expected. I will get the show up one way or another but to bring it to the level I envision I need some backing. Some of what I need to is designed to offer work that's affordable to a range of incomes - from collectors to college students. Some of the backing will go into materials that'll help garner attention to the show and in turn garner more NY shows and move my work to the next level in New York galleries. (Secret: talk has already started on representation and more shows).
I need to make sure this show is successful in everything I have designed it to be not only for me and the curator but also for the people who have helped me behind the scenes. There are a number of people who will be benefiting from any success I find in NY - I belong to a good, loyal, focused crew of artists and we never, ever keep our successes and opportunities to ourselves. Everyone gets to go on the ride and no one gets left behind.
This show isn't the end goal - this show is the first step in a whole new set of goals for my work. Help me get there.
Follow the almost daily updates of my work, preperations for the show and my subsequent adventures thru my blog "a (water) Rabbit's adventures in the year of the (water) Dragon" @ http:// becklaneartist.blogspot.com
and thru my website: http://becklane.com/
Please note: if we don't reach $2,500 by my goal date, Sunday March 18th, I don't receive ANY funding thru Kickstarter. If we reach or exceed $2,500 my project will be funded.
COST BREAKDOWN - your pledge will help with:
- Having new work professionally photographed: 2 hours $150
- New portfolio/show and contact brocheres set up, printed and folded as well as promo material: approx $400
- Developing and printing 18 silk screen illustrations with a mentor: $250 including paper and inks
- Having small print work framed: approx $500
- Full color prints of 10 of my paintings, with set up charges: approx $200
- Cost of 4 trips to Brooklyn including gas, food, lodging and unforseen problems: $1,000
This doesn't come close to reflecting the total cost of the show but this budget breakdown does reflect what it will cost to get the last leg of the show done and delivered.
- (30 days)