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A Chicago Artists Return to Large,High-Traffic Public, Fine Art Creations Sharing Beauty, Conversation, & Thought Provoking Issues.

Update: The sooner you pledge the more choices of art you will have for your reward! A number of you (Thank you you to all my early testers! You rock. Enjoy the free art print.) have asked me what art will be sent to you, and it was suppose to be whatever I just created when you pledged. Take note that ALL rewards are ORIGINALS, and not prints of art works that have already been created. Those first on the pledge list will get the most to choose from. I will try to give you choices. If no method of contact has been given (an email so that the pics can be sent will suffice) then whatever is available at that time will be shipped out. This will also be the case if it takes a while for you to get back. I will allow additional leeway for contact and choices for the large and huge canvas rewards. The sooner you pledge the more choices you will have!

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Go Home or Go Big! A Chicago Artists Return to Large, High-Traffic, Public, Fine Art Creations Sharing Beauty, Conversation, & Thought Provoking Issues.

My name is MendyZ, I am a Chicago based artist (2D acrylic and oil paintings). I will create a series of massive canvases to be publicly displayed depicting American Iconography and issues of Equality. This public project will begin in Chicago, and with enough momentum will travel to other cities (both major metropolitan areas, and deliberately sought out smaller towns).

This kickstarter project is to be funded and created just after fall of this year (2012). The minimum funding amount will cover at least the first painting in the series, since that is what will be used for the bulk of your rewards. After that, any additional funding will cover work on the rest of the series. And, any funding above the minimum will go towards this same project which will then allow me to work in an ideal fashion with a much wider scope allowing me to bring more on issues of Equality through American Icona to the public eye, and in an unhurried manner. This painting series is vast and has been designed for the public from the start. It will encompass many current changes (social, ethical, geopolitical, and extremely personal) in the grand style of large historical paintings of the past, which leaves much to be visually discuss in a public forum.

First Grand Painting: (UPDATE: See the first huge painting below!) The physical work will begin in fall of 2012. The first painting will soar 8 feet high (that's almost 3 feet higher than me!) by 6.5 feet wide, and will depict Lady Liberty. The painting will pay homage to Vincent Van Gogh's painting of 'The Bedroom at Arles', and will be constructed in a post-impressionistic composition and brushwork style with a couple of areas created in a heightened contemporary manner. It will discuss and provoke internal reflection in the paintings viewers of the diminished understanding internationally that Lady Liberty has received in recent times, and will denote this via a female figure personifying the stumble, and subsequent rise Lady Liberty is currently undergoing. It will depict what seemed unshakable in the past as an unstable footing for our basic tenets. The colors used are significant in the symbolism, as is the Greek and Roman motif of Lady Liberty who is further draped in the flag while mirroring an unsteady second flag. The bedroom will be warped as further symbolism, and with Lady Liberty turned away from us she will add further acknowledgements of the story in the this painting. The floor complements and heightens the blue while one wall makes the red pop as it it's in marbleized green. Most of the rewards will be sent your way as soon as this painting is completed (UPDATE: She is complete and rewards will be worked on immediately!), Your rewards will arrive earlier if thing go smoothly.

So, you really want to know what it takes to get the project off the ground? I take your contributions extremely seriously, and therefore have added the multitude of basic expenses that your contributions will cover. To create multiple canvases of this size I need to rent a space that can accommodate vast canvases of this size as well as cover the utilities (the first in this series is 8 feet high by 6.5 feet wide with others being much larger, and a few designated for smaller public venues that can't accommodate such large canvases, but still have very high foot traffic). These properties tend to be warehouses or loft with a freight elevator. The absolute minimum consumable materials include huge canvas rolls, wood for creating the internal stretcher bars, and framing, priming and gesso, acrylic mediums, pigments, and varnishes. Some other materials include industrial heat dryers, staple gun, basic woodworking tools, proper lighting, canvas stabilizing system for the huge canvases, brushes, rollers, rags, paper towels, drop cloths, workstations, glass pallets, storage bins and shelving. Models. Digitization of the large artwork. Transportation for the huge canvases to the viewing locations and hanging materials. Time, Time, Time; for the creation, practice sketches, painting studies, finding, contacting and contracting with locations. Liability insurance if the artwork is hanging in a public location not covered under that locations liability insurance. The real short answer to the above question is extremely hard work, continuous dedication, and funds. 

Timelines, Rewards, and logistics: I have made every attempt to offer various rewards to accommodate the tastes and budgets of those contributing. ALL ARE ORIGINAL PAINTINGS. If there are major discrepancies in costs due to shipping (i.e. a far-flung international address) I will try to contact you to discuss an amicable manner of getting it to you. The larger rewards are shipped rolled up in a tube. Please get the artwork stretched professionally. I will stretch the painting for anyone who lives in Chicago! Any frame house can stretch the artwork for you. I will include lots of extra canvas so they have plenty to work with. See the new section 'process' for what art will be sent to you all the way at the top.   

Here are some things that you can do to help beyond contributing?

Help get the word out: Re-post this to your Facebook account, twitter account, or make it known to your public, professional, and personal environments.  Physically tell your acquaintances, friends, and family. If you are a reporter or have connections to those in the media then please inform them if this fantastic project they can cover in their personal interest or arts column. 

Donate physical materials: Are you an artist and have artist grade, lightfast pigments in either oils or acrylics that you wish to donate? Do you have large bolts of unpimed or primed canvas (45", 60", 109" or larger)? Are you a print house and can donate some print time on your machines to help defray the  marketing costs? Do you have a truck in the Chicago area that can help transportation needs of these large canvases? Are you a handyman, carpenter or woodworker who can assist in creating large, square, and strong support for incredibly large canvases or can you help with the installation of these works? Are you a screenprinter, can you burn some screen or donate emulsion? Perhaps you have basic tools sitting in your garage that you got as gifts or are older or are untouched?

Assist in locating the final home for these large works: Do you know a corporation, organization, or building that can purchase these works after their exhibition? Please speak to them, and direct them to this page so they can contact me to discuss a deal for an early purchase which will help defray costs considerably.

Here is Lady Liberty who soars 8 feet high and is 6.5 feet wide:

8 feet high by 6.5 feet wide Lady Liberty Painting
8 feet high by 6.5 feet wide Lady Liberty Painting

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