Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
This project will fund a multi-state road trip for research and documentation, in my effort to capture the perfect essence of Sears.
This project will fund a multi-state road trip for research and documentation, in my effort to capture the perfect essence of Sears.
This project will fund a multi-state road trip for research and documentation, in my effort to capture the perfect essence of Sears.
339 backers pledged $16,237 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

I want to paint the greatest Sears stores in the country. project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

I want to paint the greatest Sears stores in the country.

$16,237

339

I'm Brandon Bird, pop artist. I like to do weird oil paintings, like this:

And this:

And this:

I also invented the Law & Order coloring book, and the no-dinosaurs Jurassic Park exhibit. Although I've never run a Kickstarter before, I have contributed content to projects, like my pal's Hamlet choose-your-own-adventure.

One of the themes I've returned to in my work every now and then is Sears. Here's the first Sears I ever painted, based on the Sears of my childhood at the Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, CA:

And here's another, inspired by a Sears along Route 22 in New Jersey:

(The actual painting is seven feet long.)

I guess I like the fact that Sears can be completely unique, while also being nearly indistinguishable from any other Sears in any other part of the country (the inherent contradiction of Sears).

My process in creating Sears paintings is to conduct "research" (aka, drive around and take pictures when I see a Sears I like), then produce a finished piece in the studio that reflects an idealized version of the subject.

I have recently begun a new series of Sears paintings, but they are mostly of Searses in California.  I would like to expand the project by traveling across several states, taking photographs and making sketches, and then returning to my studio in LA where I will produce a series of ten Sears paintings, representing the finest specimens of Sears from across the country. 

The timeline for this project is one month for planning/itinerary; one month for travel (in early fall), and several months for studio work.

Throughout the trip I will keep backers up-to-date via twitter, instagram, and facebook.

The budget is to pay for gas (8,000 miles @ 30 mpg x $4/gallon), lodging (approx. 30 nights averaging $80/night), vehicle maintenance, food, art materials, and a traveling assistant (joining me will be the multi-talented Erin Pearce, sewer of things, maker of bugs), plus the cost of making & mailing prints and postcards.  If the project goes over the minimum, that opens up the possibility of renting a gallery for a Sears show and public reception.  If does really well, perhaps visiting Sears stores in far-off locations like Alaska or Hawaii, or expanding the trip into fall *and* spring legs.

Risks and challenges

This has all the problems and challenges of a typical road trip. That is, mostly minor things like weather, getting lost, finding a motel at 4:00 am, etc.

Regarding fulfillment obligations, I have been making, selling, and mailing my own art prints for seven years, with something like 20,000 items successfully sent in that period.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    A postcard of Sears, signed and mailed to you from the road.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    95 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $6 or more About $6

    This reward came to Erin in a dream: "For $1 we'll shout your name at a state line, because your name has probably never been shouted there before." So for $6, you get a postcard AND a shout-out.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    43 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    A set of six framable, postcard-style mini-prints reproducing the best of the finished Sears paintings.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    115 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    An original sketch produced during the trip.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 30 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Original sketch + an exclusive signed medium size (approx. 10" x 20") Sears print!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 39 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    A set of ten signed, full-size archival art prints (approximately 19" x 13") reproducing each of the final Sears paintings.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    An original Sears oil painting.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    I will come to your town, and paint a picture of your Sears with YOU in it!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (26 days)