If the dime store is a metaphor for the everyday, the ordinary, the well-known neighborhood, or the well-worn path, then Dime Store Red is the anti-routine and the rejection of following suit. But the immersive exhibit is more tangible than it is conceptual, something best understood and seen at scale. We are Dime Store Red. We are an immersive installation show. Think massive spaces, assembled structures built from the ground up, and space to meander. We are far from the boundaries of your conventional gallery walls. We want to bring the viewer into, around, and through art. Dime Store Red will offer an immersive experience, emphasized through smart, cohesive design, involving highly interactive installations. We want to invite people into a space where there is freedom to feel, think, and process. We have a passion for redefining boundaries in how people interact within a curated space. We want to design, play, and then push past those boundaries using color, shape, space, and light. We are Dime Store Red. A vibrant residency pop-up experience that pushes past what is expected.
Juliana “JULU” Lupacchino. Born and Raised in Savannah, Ga. Juliana earned her degree in Fibers from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2017. She is now a full time freelance artist. Her passion within the arts lies in color, and the infinite ways colors react. Her brand JULU, cultivates the idea that JULU can be a verb, noun, or adjective. JULU is a word that celebrates color, design, and people. Her iconic JULU pattern has been covered items from public walls, stairwells, and shipping containers, to more utilitarian items such as upholstery furniture, roller blades, and pillows. Anything can be JULU'ed, if the passion and excitement is there.
William “WILLKES” Kesling. Born and Raised in LaPorte, Indiana. William earned his degree in Graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2016. William is a dynamic digital and sound artist that forayed into visual arts first through his conceptual photography. William is passionate about collaborative projects, especially in the fields of music and film. He is passionate about design in a multitude of ways, ranging from digital design, to exploring work that can be tangible.
For an audience, art is about fluid boundaries, interaction and perception, and even self-fulfillment. For the artist, it is dually an intensely personal statement and a study on something bigger than the self. Dime Store Red is an immersive installation experience that amplifies interpretations on both.
Four years in the making, Dime Store Red is the creative undertaking of Juliana “JULU” Lupacchino and William “WILLKES” Kesling, two emerging artists in Savannah, Georgia. Juliana and William met in school at SCAD and began dreaming and creating, culminating most recently in an early 2019 mixed media collaboration. JULU is known for painting beloved large scale lilting patterns, while WILLKES is a dynamic digital and sound artist that forayed into visual arts first through his conceptual photography. As the two assess their post-college life and trajectory, Dime Store Red is the groundswell culmination of their tandem creative energy and motivations for the road ahead.
With consumable art aplenty in Savannah, the artists wanted to bring a different experience about, something that would push boundaries: for viewership and interacting with a space, for interpreting next-scale art, for art accessibility for all, and for the inherent self-imposed creative limitations we all face down.
But it turns out that funding the collaborative planning, build-out, and dressing of four large, colorful, mixed-media, multi-dimensional spaces is its own unique challenge. The artists began with the intention of self-funding the show, which runs for 9 days from November 14 to 22. But as it has grown with their imagination and commitment to the unrestrained, so too have the costs. JULU and WILLKES are now gratefully leaning on the people to help crowdfund Dime Store Red and giving everyday people the chance to be part of something beyond.
The pop-up residency consists of sculpture, paint, mixed media, photography, multimedia, adorned ephemera, and a 1000 square foot pop-up installation that sits at the backside of a 22,000 square foot warehouse on Savannah’s westside—a corner of Savannah that doesn’t see many art installations. The warehouse is located directly behind Southbound Brewery, and is less than a five minute drive from the heart of downtown Savannah. The location itself plays a key role in the impact Dime Store Red hopes to infuse into Savannah. Dime Store Red is the artists’ commitment to creating and sharing art in unrestrained ways.
Jules and Will here. Two artists that like to make things - really crazy things - things that are tangible, massive, and unexpected. We like to bounce ideas for hours, and we don't like to say no to what can be created. Not only do we want to explore our creativity as much as possible, but we believe anyone can be creative, and we want to push that inside others. We want to build things, and inspire people to do the same. We are doing that through moonshot projects- like Dime Store Red.
You could call us crazy. We feel like we are a little of that too. And that's 100% a win.
But we are also passionate creative thinkers, who obsess over saying yes to what can be thought up and created.
We celebrate dynamic design, adventurous color, and rebellious spirit through experience driven and thought provoking work. We aim to creatively express ourselves through large-scale tangible work. Our passion is to explore with audacity, play with risks, and explore and re-define boundaries. Our hope is that our work inspires, both through the feelings we stir, and the reactions that take place.
The installation will consist of sculpture, paint, mixed media, photography, multimedia, adorned ephemera, and a 1000 square foot pop-up installation that sits at the backside of a 22,000 square foot warehouse. Our attention to intention, is a driving force behind the entire experience of the show. Consider your first glance at the warehouse as the beginning of the experience. The installation itself will be placed intentionally in the back of the warehouse. The viewer will walk through the warehouse and eventually reach the installation. Once the viewer has entered the installation, they will be able to walk through three rooms. Each room revolving around it's own concept and design. We are submerging people into one experience after another.
- Ryan Lawrence / Builder/Construction
- Brian Poticny / Architectural Designer
- Summer Teal Simpson Hitch / Messaging
- Devin Richards / Producer
- Eric Organski / Neon Design
- Beau Kester / Cinematography
- Chase Turberville / Graphic Design
- Viet Huynh / Graphic Designer
- John Oats / Illustration
- Allison Hall / Illustration
- Gone Missing Space / Garden Collaboration
- Don’t Take This The Wrong Way Studios / Garden Collaboration
- Tayler Ayers / Collaborate Mural
- Charlotte Masters / Event Production
Risks and challenges
We are tackling something of such a scale, that we have found that there are so many unexpected twists and turns to the execution. It's been an amazing journey learning all of what we have learned. Dime Store Red will be the first of many pop-up residencies to come, so we are glad we are learning it all now.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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