About this project
UPDATE: Photo gallery of rewards is viewable on my flickr page here
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
September I did an installation for the University of Memphis
In August I was at The university of Oklahoma
In July I created a non stick based site specific piece for Redux CAC
In May I created the City Gallery Piece for the City of Charleston
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
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