2016 In Review
I began this year by printing my work for the first time ever so that I could participate in my first ever gallery exhibit, the RAW:Hollywood Presents FUTURES Showcase in January, something that would have never been possible without the help of all of you through the Kickstarter community. This exhibit set me on a path of new challenges and new creative breakthroughs throughout the rest of the year, which eventually lead me to develop Obnoxious Liberals: A Bodypaint Tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat for the Exchange Room Gallery.
What I've done for this series is taken selections from the great body of work of the neo-expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and reinterpreted them using the human body as a canvas. These bodyscape portraits have been captured on 35mm Kodak Portra film as the paintings dissolved away into pools of colored water, creating a never before seen synthesis of texture and color in a celebration of the feminine form. The series debuted with an Opening Night Reception at the Exchange Room Gallery in Los Angeles on October 15th.
It was during the development of this series that I was invited by TXTURE Magazine to exhibit at Miami Art Basel, one of the world's largest international art fairs, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. Considering that I only began printing my work earlier this year, I'm still in amazement at this honor. I never could have imagined that I'd be able to end the year I first began printing with such a milestone, and am eagerly awaiting what new opportunities will come to present themselves.
Where Do You Come In?
Since this invitation was very much an unexpected honor, I've once again been faced with the dilemma of paying for additional printing costs. Having just covered the expenses of the Exchange Room Gallery exhibit last month, this price tag is more than I'm able to handle on my own in such a short turnaround. (Starving artists still need Ramen money). That's why I'm asking for your help once again to partially cover the costs of printing, so that I can make my presence at Art Basel one for the books! Everything raised via Kickstarter will go into printing and shipping this exhibit, as the $750 goal covers roughly half of the anticipated costs.
What's In It For You?
In return for your contributions to this fundraiser, you will receive one of many exclusive photos and one of a kind printed selections from my various phases of preparation for this gallery, in addition to the printed works themselves when the gallery has concluded. Everyone who donates at least $10 will receive some type of one of a kind photo, be it a print in an exclusive size, a selection from one of my previous gallery exhibits, or even a print straight off the wall from one of the galleries themselves! Everyone will bring home something unique! This is essentially a fundraising sale of my printed works, some of which will only become available later in the year after Art Basel. Contributors to this campaign will have first dibs on any and everything that gets printed for the exhibit!
Thanks For Stopping By!
Take some time to check out the types of images I create with various cameras, film stocks, locations, and models by visiting my website CoreyDeshon.com for following me on Instagram. If you happen to see an image you really like, don't hesitate to contact me to find out how a contribution to this campaign can land you your very own exclusive print!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge I have to face moving forward is the timeline. With the holidays quickly approaching, some photo labs will be closing for extended periods of time. This means I will need to start getting my print orders into them ASAP and putting a deposit down on the work. Since I'm fresh off of swiping credit cards a few too many times in trying to make sure the Obnoxious Liberals debut at the Exchange Room Gallery went perfectly, I am in desperate need of help to prepare another gallery showcase this year. Especially one with the magnitude of Miami Art Basel. I will be taking a leap of faith that this additional funding will come through, but I am fairly confident that with the modest amount being asked for and the quality of the work I will strive to provide in return, that this will be a successful endeavor and my first visit to Art Basel will go better than I could have ever anticipated. Thank you all for your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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