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This project will fund a multi-state road trip for research and documentation, in my effort to capture the perfect essence of Sears.

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.

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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.

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

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    43 backers

    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.

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

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    An original sketch produced during the trip.

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

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

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    An original Sears oil painting.

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

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