About this project
In February 2016, 80 billion bees will be trucked into California's San Joaquin Valley to pollinate nearly one million acres of almond trees. This is history's most massive gathering of honeybees, coming at a time when hive populations are facing 40% yearly die-off rates and the state copes with extreme drought. It is during this mass pollination event that I, along with a small crew, will perform a 100 mile walk for the healing of the bees dressed in golden ceremonial robes and carrying the scales of justice. The walk will be documented and I will be creating a short video, writings, and a series of paintings for a gallery show scheduled for August 2016 as the almonds are harvested. The show will be featured at The Hive Gallery in downtown LA, voted best gallery and best artwalk stop two years in a row by the LA Weekly. Part performance art, part ritual, part activism, Equilibrium Rites serves to raise public awareness of this ecological crossroads, while expressing a deep reverence for the earth.
The project comes from a deep love for the bees and my desire to find a way to engage with our ecological chaos. Honeybees are essential. They pollinate our fruits and vegetables and provide honey, medicine, and beauty. They've been woven into human society for millennia and were so revered by ancient civilizations that honey was the first food given to newborns, was standard offering to the gods, and was even used to entomb pharaohs, kings, and Alexander the Great.
I first became inspired by the bees through the writings of my friend Joanna Brook, and so portraited her covered in a swarm, combining art and magic to create work dedicated to their health. I wanted to make something that expressed the value of the bee. And after a year of painting hundreds of bees, I am compelled to create an artwork off canvas and out of the gallery, one that brings the original intent to the next level and into the world of the hives.
This project can be brought to life with your help! If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
November: Manage Kickstarter campaign and produce rewards and preliminary paintings.
December: Ship out first batch of rewards. All efforts will be made to ship prior to holidays. Create preliminary paintings. Create costumes.
January: Physical training. Formulate ritual. Finalize travel plans. Publicize. Ship second batch of rewards.
February: Equilibrium Rites walk! Tentative dates are 2/20-2/27.
March: Ship out third batch of rewards. Edit photos, video, writings. Begin paintings.
April: Release Equilibrium Rites video. Paint!
August: The Hive Gallery show.
September: Ship final painting rewards.
The following are the bare bones expenses for travel for myself and a crew of three.
Costumes & Gear $300
Car Rental $300
Rewards & Shipping $700
Art Supplies $200
Kickstarter Fee $300
Total = $3500
Additional support will do so much for this project, including: extending our stay in the almond groves to document and conduct interviews, hiring a professional photographer, increasing our web presence, purchasing an updated laptop for video editing, and most of all, increasing the amount of time we can dedicate to promoting and executing the walk and art show.
I have full confidence in bringing this project to fruition and want you to as well. I have exhibited artwork at over 18 galleries, festivals, museums, and events, including: Copro Gallery (LA), Stephen Romano Gallery (NYC), Hecksher Museum of Art (NY), Dorr Museum of Natural History (ME), What the Festival (OR), Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (PDX), Hyaena Gallery (LA), Alexi Era Gallery (MO), Tangent Gallery (MI), Maude Kerns Art Center (OR), New Zone Gallery (OR), Tattoo Expo Napoli (IT), 423 Gallery West (LA), Sev Ven Gallery (LA), Catland Books (NYC), Brassworks Gallery (PDX), Chateau L'Amour Gallery (CA), Salmon Street Studios (PDX) & more.
I have also been project coordinator for a four person crew with the artist collective Neon Eso Terricka, creating and managing large scale art installations at the "Conjoined" art shows at Copro Gallery (LA) from 2013-2015 and at What the Festival (OR) in 2015.
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STRETCH GOAL! $4500
When we reach $4500 all $25+ contributions will receive a bonus vial of Earth Honey, a blend of Oregon, Greek, West African, New Zealand, and Chilean Honeys. Vial comes on a leather cord!
Risks and challenges
The main risk in the equation of this project is nature, as weather conditions can impact both the timing of the flowering and whether or not the roads are safe to perform the walk. With in-depth planning, travel schedule flexibility, and adequate gear, we can anticipate and be prepared for a range of conditions. However, in the unfortunate case that the walk is cancelled due to extreme weather, the project will be rescheduled for February 2017 with all post-walk artworks delivered in 2017. If you made a pledge for an original gallery show artwork you will have the option to commission an artwork of equal value to be delivered on schedule in 2016.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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