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This tour is a marathon series of site-specific installations and artist events taking place in 10 galleries in 3 countries on 2 continents in 1 year

UPDATE: Photo gallery of rewards is viewable on my flickr page here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathan_brilliant/sets/72157622776142866/

For the Goldsworthy of the coffee shop project I assume the role of a British artist who gathers materials in his natural environment and uses them to execute a site-specific installation. In my version the natural environment is the coffee shop, and my materials are the wooden coffee stir stick. The resulting work is both ironic and labor intensive with a traditional craft based sensibility. In this ongoing series of work I explore my sense that the coffee shop and related consumer environs are more organic and nurturing than the "real" natural environment. To date the project has been realized in several locations as site-responsive installations. In 2009 the project was expanded into an itinerant artist project. Traveling to several locations in succession for the Have Sticks Will Travel World Tour I will be creating multiple installations entirely in situ during the course of 8-10 day residencies in each location. To view this ongoing series of work go to http://jonathanbrilliant.com/woven_stir_sticks
The installations remain on view as a conventional exhibition and then all the material is distributed to people in the community. I should point out that all the pieces are composed exclusively of wooden coffee stir sticks woven in place and held by tension.
While many of the venues I am doing work for pay me, several are smaller non-profits, and universities that merely cover the cost of production(myself and american express figure out the rest by juggling full paying gigs with lower paying gigs in between odd jobs and such). I have been able to balance full paying and partial paying gigs in order to make the tour work, but the chance to raise an extra $2500 or more would allow me to "pay forward" the installations insuring that I can complete the years work. The number $2500 actually represents the real production costs of an installation. In most situations I am merely asking people to facilitate the creation of my work. I ask if people can get me to them, sustain me through the course of the installation construction, and offer a small stipend or money amount I will give them the best work I am capable of making. $2500 would help insure that no venue goes without an installation. I am beginning to get a pretty full schedule because i am saying yes to any opportunity paid, or unpaid, but I also don't want to turn down a venue that is willing to host my art because their budget is tight(My primary concern is making the best work i am capable of making with the given parameters of an exhibition venue. If you look to the column on the right I am offering many incentives/art for the various levels of support you offer. Additionally I will be self publishing an artist catalog/tour journal scrapbook at the end of 2010. If you choose to give the whole $2500 not only will you get all the gifts listed under that amount but I will inscribe your name on the back cover of the catalog. You can see previous installations from this series in the following places
October I did an installation for the east/west project in Berlin
http://www.jonathanbrilliant.com/berlin.html
September I did an installation for the University of Memphis
http://www.jonathanbrilliant.com/memphis.html
In August I was at The university of Oklahoma
http://www.jonathanbrilliant.com/norman.html
In July I created a non stick based site specific piece for Redux CAC
http://www.jonathanbrilliant.com/vibrating.html
In May I created the City Gallery Piece for the City of Charleston
http://www.jonathanbrilliant.com/citygallery.html
In 2010 I have the following site specific installations scheduled
Jan - Mcmaster gallery, University of South Carolina Columbia SC
Jan-(tentative, but this fundraiser could make it definite) Nurtureart, Brooklyn NY
March- Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia AR/co-Hosted by Henderson State University
March- 18Rabbit Gallery, Ft Lauderdale FL
April- Galeria Pez Gordo, Los Cabos Mexico
Sept-Nov Mccoll Center, Charlotte NC
If you would like to know more about me and my other work check out this brief video
http://www.jonathanbrilliant.com/video.html
Thank You every little bit helps.

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    If you pledge $3.33 in honor of my 33rd birthday I will send you a special limited edition birthday card. On the cover is an original drawing, and inside is the text "Happy Birthday from those who adore you", I will also throw in a signed stir stick, and a sticker. The cards will be printed with soy based inks on archival paper using a local mom&pop shop wedding invitation printer. They will be signed and numbered and include a standard invitation envelope. My way of saying happy birthday to you for saying happy birthday to me. To see an image of the card look at update number 2 under updates in the top tab

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    This is a special fall harvest pledge reward. Pledge $7 and you get one of 10 pieces of cast aluminum corn bread. The casting is creating using an antique cast iron corn bread mold which is filled with molten recycled aluminum to create this unique series of castings. This is genuine southern charm turned into the perfect paper weight, desktop sculpture, or thanksgiving centerpiece. includes stickers, postcards, and signed stir stick.

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    jonathanbrilliant.com glow in the dark t shirt. there has been some confusion so this is the level to pledge if you just want a t shirt and nothing else. i mean it.

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    The Rubaiyat Shatner is a Unique jonathanbrilliant.com glow in the dark t shirt printed on an xl black shirt. This shirt is the only one of it’s kind, because everything that can be made black, can also be emblazoned with a jonathanbrilliant.com logo, did I mention I am web 2.0 try www.jnthnbrllnt.com look ma no vowels. I will even throw in some of my black jonathanbrilliant.com stickers

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    This is the wedding mug reward. You get everything from the ten dollar level, plus one of the limited edition coffee mugs designed collaboratively by both Mr. and Mrs. Brilliant in honor of our wedding. This is a very exclusive gift formerly available only to guests of our wedding, but now you can share in both that experience and support art that you love in the process.

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    Brilliant the Blinding elightenment- Is one of five unique compact flourescent ultrabright desk lamps feturing my favorite portable consumer fetish object as lightsource.

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    Brilliant 33rd Birthday vibrating Pledge- In Honor of my 33rd birthday on November 9, I am offering the following special: Your very own vibrating coffee cup. The cup is created from a genuine to-go coffee cup from any one of the many fine coffee establishments I frequent. The cup is then modified with it's very own vibrator similar to the cups depicted in this installation http://www.jonathanbrilliant.com/vibrating.html plus you get all the gifts listed at the ten dollar level. Show some vibrating birthday love won't you.

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    pledge $50 get this beautiful cast polished aluminum coffee cup lid. This lid makes a beautiful focal point to any desktop arrangement, or may be hung on the wall as mandala for focused meditation on the very nature of the coffee cup. includes, stickers, postcards and a signed stir stick

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    A one color screenprint emblazoned with the woven stick patter plus A glow in the dark Jonathanbrilliant.com t shirt and A selection of jonathnbrilliant.com stickers, official tour poster(designed by Sarah Lowe), and a couple postcards

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    Pledge $100- get 1of 3 original coffee cup drawings The Bradshaw is named for my favorite british Germanic Californian conceptual photographer Julia Bradshaw. She has tolerated me and my work for many years which is why this special limited gift is designed to both honor her and her art while simultaneously guilt her into getting that brilliant drawing she always wanted. All drawings a gouache and sumi ink on arches cover stock.

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    My Rauschenberg Moment is a unique editioned screenprint layered on starbucks napkins, collaged onto rives cover stock, with stenciling, spray paint and a custom printed coffee sleeve affixed to the surface, you also get a tshirt, a poster, stickers,and a postcard.

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    I found one more coffee cup drawing available from now until i run out or find more

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    Tools of the studio drawing. 1 of 2 sumi ink on paper drawings depicting power tools and coffee cups, the tools of my studio.

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    everything from the $75 level, plus a dvd portfolio with all the documentation of the project a digital catalog of the tour to date and all videos in full quality,plus i will send you a coffee mug from all the places i visit on the second half of the tour in 2010(limit ten prizes at this level)

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    The Zinnia This Pledge level entitles you to your very own custom woven acrylic wall panel. The panel will be created by weaving and plastic welding custom milled clear acrylic strips into a panel approximately 36”round. The weaving pattern used is the same one I use for the woven stir stick installations. The advantage of the clear acrylic is it’s permanence, and the beauty of the shadows cast directly on the wall. To see an example of a larger 85”x85” woven panel go to http://www.jonathanbrilliant.com/clear Of course I will still throw in a poster, postcards, stickers, and maybe a little something extra if your nice…

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    pledge $250 and get this cast aluminum grande coffee cup portable consumer fetish alter. This is a unique casting of one of my favorite portable consumer fetish objects. This particular one has been the incense holder for my studio, and if you pledge at this level you get the cast coffee cup, the stickers, the postcard, a signed stir stick, and some nag champa incense, my favorite.

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    1cast aluminum coffee cup, postcard, stickers, and a signed stick This unique casting is created through the lost latte process of aluminum casting. This venti coffee cup was actually destroyed through the metal casting process in order to release it’s true essence into the atmosphere, creating this very sacred portable consumer fetish object which is now available to you only if you pledge at this level.

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    a very special stir stick embossing monoprint(created by inking and running the actual woven stir sticks through a printing press) plus A one color screenprint emblazoned with the woven stick pattern plus A glow in the dark Jonathanbrilliant.com t shirt and A selection of jonathnbrilliant.com stickers, official tour poster(designed by Sarah Lowe), and a couple postcards

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    all the awards mentioned above, plus i will create a portable installation in a crate for you. I will take an old art travel crate and convert it into a portable gallery complete with motion activated lighting system. The crate will contain a woven stir stick installation built directly into the crate. It will be shipped to you (sorry us locations only) and all you will do is simply open the crate plug it in and enjoy your very own installation to-go.

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