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By Justin E. Hoyt
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"GuaRdians" needs your help! My art at the 2014 Grand Rapids ArtPrize Competition is not yet complete!

It is with excitement and gratitude that I inform you that I'll be displaying my artwork entitled "GuaRdians" at Sin Republic Salon & Spa.

Why? This will benefit the development of the artwork of Fushiryuten Studios, which has been a long time in the making (in fact, since I was in high school!) Fushiryuten Studios hopes to create works that ease the troubled minds and souls of at-risk and troubled youth and young adults. In modern times, having a sculpture and craft studio seems expensive and impractical, but winning a large monetary prize at the GR ArtPrize can help me create a studio to carry on my artwork and research.

How? My artwork isn't quite perfected yet, but with extra funds I can finish the main pieces I am submitting to the competition. At Sin Republic, I plan on installing an interactive guide to my artwork (videos, pictures, literary/oral guides) via a tablet that has yet to be purchased. The submitted work will also require a professional artwork packaging and delivery service to get it to the competition.

The following artworks will (hopefully, once completed) be on display at ArtPrize:

portrait of my soul
portrait of my soul
"Crown of the Fallen - Crown of the Everlasting"
"Crown of the Fallen - Crown of the Everlasting"
Mother's Shackles
Mother's Shackles
Written in Blood (scroll)
Written in Blood (scroll)
The Adam or Eve Chastity Belt
The Adam or Eve Chastity Belt
The Hands That Feed Also Bite (Knife-rings & Arm Guards)
The Hands That Feed Also Bite (Knife-rings & Arm Guards)
Trophy (Pelvic Guard)
Trophy (Pelvic Guard)

T-shirt for volunteers:

FRONT
FRONT
BACK
BACK

Flyers that need to be printed:

Ad/Flyer
Ad/Flyer

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is not only getting the word out about my artwork being in this competition, but grabbing the attention and interest of the general public. Many people have described my artwork as "dark" or "unsettling," when - in fact - it is more about being aware, introspecting, and carefully critical yet proud of who I am. I feel thankful that I've been given the gift of art and freedom to express these emotions and thoughts, and I want troubled youth out there to know, "Hey, you aren't alone, and guess what: You are not a monster! You can live a healthy, stable and happy life!"

Luckily, most people that know me also know that I am not such a "dark and disturbed" person as some might glean from my work. The misconception that "different" artwork comes from that type of mind is exactly the stereotype I want to dispel.

My biggest struggle has been not utilizing my ability to network. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and See.Me has helped me greatly in gaining traction and it's only improving! I feel that combining forces with my gracious hosts at Sin Republic Salon & Spa to advertise this event via social media, along with t-shirts and flyers the volunteers will pass out, and now this Kickstarter project, will only further my efforts.

Another challenge has been getting the artwork to fit just right in the venue. Sin Republic is a very chic and modern salon & spa, but it isn't an actual art gallery or museum. Also, it isn't centrally located to with the majority of the venues (174 to be exact!)

Luckily Sin Republic loves my work and wants to do what they can for maximizing my exposure. I know the layout of the space and have a clear vision of how to display my work. This will also require the use of gallery quality hardware, lights, and barricades to ensure the safety of the work. The addition of the tablet acting as a guide for viewers will also improve the interaction and appreciation for this kind of work too. the tablet needs to be secured to something also, or someone will take off with it!

Getting volunteers will be a crucial - yet challenging - element in maximizing exposure at this year's ArtPrize. I visualize a horde of volunteers marching through downtown GR wearing their Fushiryuten T-shirts and passing out flyers while passing by other venues in the competition.

My final challenge will be getting the artwork finished the way I envision it. I am about 90% done, but the last bit will have a lot of impact. The Piece entitled "Portrait of my Soul" needs an electronic sensor put in it to when a viewer comes close a light illuminates the mouth and low humming noise is emitted. The second piece entitled "Crown of the Fallen - Crown of the Everlasting" needs a head for the crown to rest on and an electronic mechanism similar to the first piece.

Fortunately, this is where my MFA in Craft & Design from a very prestigious school in South Korea will come into great use. The time is not a concern, but the resources are (supplies, tools, etc).

I have no doubts that there are various other supplies, materials and alterations that will be needed, but my training has taught me to prepare well and adjust to such circumstances.

Post-project challenges:

1) Selling my artwork if I don't win a prize.

Sin Republic has generously agreed to host my work for as long as possible after the competition in order to draw attention to my line of work, and to hopefully sell it.

2) Getting the work from the venue to back home/storage in case I am unable to sell it.

Again, a professional art mover is preferable, but I've moved these pieces across the country and ocean several times already so I have other alternatives in mind.

3) Continuing my line of work if more followers aren't acquired.

Sadly, this is a reality most artists have to face. I think no matter what I will continue on with my artwork and research since it is an essential kind of work. I have an abundance of faith and conviction that this can have a positive influence in the lives of others.

Other Projects:

Fushiryuten is a name I use for several different projects in my life. It is my studio name, the line of my artwork, my personal philosophy, my academic research topic, and also for the "Creative Think-Tank Consulting and Outreach Ogranization" I've started. (www.facebook.com/fushiryuten)

If any prizes are won or any sales are made from this year's ArtPrize competition, most of the money will go towards growing and developing the studio and organization under the same name.

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