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I am creating a series of augmented reality portraits of KickStarter contributors for a solo exhibition at Pari Nadimi Gallery

Already backed by some of these Important People:
Heather Corcoran (Executive Director, Rhizome - The New Museum)
Omar Kholeif (Director of Programmes, Space: The White Building)
Caitlin Jones (Executive Director, The Western Front
John Massier (Visual Arts Curator, Hallwalls)
Joanne McNeil (Former editor, Rhizome - The New Museum)
Marc Garrett (Co-Director, Furtherfield)
Marla Wasser (Independent Museum Curator, Pursuits Inc.)
David Liss (Artistic Director & Curator, MOCCA)
Chris Coleman and Laleh Mehran (Famous New Media Artists)
Dr. Susan Drumheller (My Mother in Law)

I am creating a series of important augmented reality portraits of YOU, the under-appreciated KickStarter backer, to be exhibited in a solo exhibition at Pari Nadimi Gallery April 4th - May 4th 2013.

As an artist, when I look around Kickstarter all I see are the creators, where are the backers? I've been an artist long enough to know that art is about who pays for it. How can important people be satisfied helping others without being recognized themselves? The powerful and wealthy patron should be celebrated the way they have been in the past, in grand portraits commissioned and hung on the walls of museums and galleries. 

Reveal your inner essence!

The portrait has existed as an art tradition for centuries. A well-executed portrait expresses the inner essence of a person. Portraits have primarily memorialized the rich and the powerful as important records of status. For artists they have represented subsistence as paid commissions and an opportunity to demonstrate the latest techniques and technologies for artistic expression.

This is what an important portrait once looked like. (Frans Hals - Portrait of a Man Holding a Skull)
This is what an important portrait once looked like. (Frans Hals - Portrait of a Man Holding a Skull)

Today, profile pictures for crowd-funding and social media websites have made the portrait the domain of the amateur; awkward lighting, pathetic stock filter effects, even sometimes just a generic icon... they would make the master portrait painters of the past grimace with disdain. 

This is what a portrait of an important person looks like today on Kickstarter (pathetic)
This is what a portrait of an important person looks like today on Kickstarter (pathetic)

That's where I come in, I want to reveal your true inner essence in your very own 21st century augmented reality portrait. As a Famous New Media Artist I have access to the latest techniques and technology, everything necessary for you to truly express yourself is at my fingertips. I've been making myself look amazing in augmented reality self portraits for over 10 years and I've decided it's time to help others look as great as I do.

An Important Portrait of my wife Kristen and I - This could be you* (Kristen not included)
An Important Portrait of my wife Kristen and I - This could be you* (Kristen not included)
An Important Portrait of my sister Natasha and her wife Zena revealing their inner essence (a natal aspiration to have intertwined onyx cyborg baby wombs)
An Important Portrait of my sister Natasha and her wife Zena revealing their inner essence (a natal aspiration to have intertwined onyx cyborg baby wombs)
An Important Portrait of David Liss (Director of MOCCA Toronto)
An Important Portrait of David Liss (Director of MOCCA Toronto)

And because I'm a Famous New Media Artist that shows his work in galleries and museums around the world, your portrait will immediately be recognized as an important work of art, part of an edition of work that will increase in value over time. Every eligible portrait will also be exhibited in a solo exhibition at Pari Nadimi Gallery in Toronto, Canada April 4th - May 4th 2013. In fact there will be no show without your help! Against my gallery's advice, I have decided to risk everything and put you in control of the success of the show. These portraits couldn't possibly be more important.

I've created 7 levels of support that make it easy for you to reveal your inner essence and help me bring this exciting new and important series of work to life.

(please note, due to gallery size constraints I can only promise that the $1000 and $2500 pledges will be included in the exhibition)

Please contact Pari Nadimi Gallery info@parinadimigallery.com with any general questions, questions regarding certificates of authenticity for your purchased portrait, delivery details and more. You can contact me directly with your creative questions at jeremy@jeremybailey.net.

How I'll be using your pledges

Almost all of your money raised will be going toward production and labour costs. Transportation, equipment rentals, hiring photographers, the time and creative effort to actually produce the augmentations and to print the portraits to my exacting standards will make up the majority of my costs. And because there's a real show on the line, Pari Nadimi Gallery will also be a partner in and a benefactor of this project. I believe strongly that the relationship between a gallery and an artist should be a collaboration and this project is our latest foray into this way of working.

About Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey

Jeremy Bailey is a Toronto-based Famous New Media Artist whose innovative and ground breaking work has shown in hundreds of important festivals, galleries and museums all over the world, including Transmediale in Berlin, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, FACT in Liverpool, the Tate Liverpool and the New Museum in New York. For more visit http://www.jeremybailey.net

About Pari Nadimi Gallery

Pari Nadimi founded Pari Nadimi Gallery in 1998. Since opening, Pari Nadimi Gallery has mounted hundreds of museum quality exhibitions and helped develop the careers of dozens of successful artists and placing their work in the permanent collections of major international art museums, corporate and private collections. Artists represented by the gallery have exhibited in major national and international art museums and art biennales including: The Venice Biennale, Sydney Biennale, São Paulo Biennial, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, The National Gallery of Canada, MoLAA (Museum of Art, Museum of Latin American Art) Find out more at http://parinadimigallery.com

About my wife Kristen's hair

Kristen's hair is fiery red and grows in beautiful bouncing tendrils that defy gravity and mesmerize the soul.

A lock of Kristen's dazzling fiery red hair can be yours with the purchase of a Very Important Portrait of my Wife for $99
A lock of Kristen's dazzling fiery red hair can be yours with the purchase of a Very Important Portrait of my Wife for $99

New Pledges for the poor! Important Student Portraits and Famous New Media Artist Buttons

Throughout the campaign I've heard from many people that they'd really like to feel important and reveal their inner essence but they just can't afford the cost. At first I brushed these comments off as the complaints of the uncultured, but I've decided to reconsider. I reminded myself that historically important people have always helped those in need, and as an important person it is my responsibility to uphold this tradition. So to help the poor feel important I'm offering two new pledges: a "Famous New Media Artist!" Button for $5 (less than the cost of bus fare to and from the coal mine) and an Important Student Portrait for $49 (includes an augmented reality student/teacher ID card and a motivational augmented reality Skype lecture at your school). 

But wait there's more! We decided that we can do better for everyone! So we're bumping everyone who pledged above $49 up a level and including a button with every pledge. This means that if you're only signed up for a digital portrait you're also getting a print and a button, and if you signed up for a $499 pledge you're automatically in the exhibition and we're sending a professional portrait photographer to your home and you're getting a button too. 

Kristen and I would like to thank you all so much for sharing the project and bringing so many wonderful people to our attention. We can't wait to rejoice in your success and to begin work on making you all look and feel as important as we believe you truly are.

Pledge $5 to get a Famous New Media Artist! Button
Pledge $5 to get a Famous New Media Artist! Button
Pledge $49 to get an augmented reality student ID card created from your actual student ID and an augmented reality motivational Skype lecture at your school
Pledge $49 to get an augmented reality student ID card created from your actual student ID and an augmented reality motivational Skype lecture at your school

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I have been an artist and arts related professional for over 10 years. In that time I have produced and participated in hundreds of exhibitions all over the world and faced challenges of nearly every kind. I have never missed an exhibition deadline. While I am confident about my planned July ship date, there always remains the possibility of unwelcome circumstances that can delay production.

Oversubscription may be the largest risk, especially given my commitment to delivering a high quality product in a short amount of time. In the worst case it will take me a few weeks to catch up on excess demand and these specifically late portraits may not be included in the April exhibition (But could be included in subsequent exhibitions).

Coordinating and scheduling professional photography sessions for an unknown audience could also be difficult and cause unanticipated delays. I would discourage those that live in remote or difficult to reach areas from purchasing a package that contains a personal photography session. In cases of remote geography I may not be able to fulfill your order without compromise or some help in sourcing a nearby photographer in your area at a reasonable price.

There is also a small risk that if the portrait of my wife Kristen sells too well and that our promise to include a lock of hair might conflict with the limitations of human hair growth. That said, we have been growing her hair in preparation, and I will be discussing with her the possibility of shaving her head to keep up with demand.

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    12 backers Limited (88 left of 100)

    NEW! IMPORTANT "FAMOUS NEW MEDIA ARTIST!" BUTTON For those that simply want to be treated like they're important in public. A fluorescent green 1.5" button emblazoned with the words "Famous New Media Artist!" based on the original design by my wife that she created for me as a birthday gift in our first year together.

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    THE ORIGINAL IMPORTANT PORTRAIT: A limited edition augmented reality portrait postcard of Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey signed by the artist with a personal note of encouragement to work hard and believe in yourself.

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    NEW! YOUR IMPORTANT STUDENT PORTRAIT: Your exclusive augmented reality portrait created from your scanned student ID card and reprinted onto a new ID card with a date from the future AND an exclusive augmented reality Skype lecture in the class of your choice by Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey. Note that as a work of art the final product is at the artist’s artistic decision and discretion.

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    YOUR ALMOST IMPORTANT PORTRAIT: Your digital augmented reality portrait created from a photo you provide for exhibition online. Note that as a work of art the final product is at the artist’s artistic decision and discretion.

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    A VERY IMPORTANT PORTRAIT OF MY WIFE: An 8X10 limited edition augmented reality portrait pinup of Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey's wife Kristen signed by the artist & his wife and including a real lock of her signature fiery red hair.

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    YOUR SOMEWHAT IMPORTANT PORTRAIT: A digital and a 4X6 limited edition archival print of your augmented reality portrait created for you from a photo you provide. Note that as a work of art the final product is at the artist’s artistic decision and discretion. After purchase your print will be made available as a limited edition of 20 (+1 artist proof), available exclusively to your friends and family for 3 months before being released for sale publicly.

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    YOUR MORE IMPORTANT PORTRAIT: A digital and a 8x10 limited edition archival print of your augmented reality portrait (of you or you with your family or significant other) created for you from a photo you provide. Note that as a work of art the final product is at the artist’s artistic decision and discretion. After purchase your print will be made available as a limited edition of 20 (+1 artist proof), available exclusively to your friends and family for 3 months before being released for sale publicly.

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    YOUR REALLY IMPORTANT PORTRAIT: A digital and a 11x17 limited edition archival print of your augmented reality portrait (of you or you with your family or significant other) created for you from a personalized portrait photography session with a professional photographer in your home or office (within non-remote world areas), to be exhibited in the Important Portraits exhibition at Pari Nadimi Gallery in April 2013. Note that as a work of art the final product is at the artist’s artistic decision and discretion. After purchase your print will be made available as a limited edition of 20 (+1 artist proof), available exclusively to your friends and family for 3 months before being released for sale publicly. * I can't stress enough what an amazing deal this is, the gallery price for this work would be at least twice this amount! I had to beg my gallery to let me price the work so low.

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    YOUR MOST IMPORTANT PORTRAIT: A digital and a 42x58 limited edition archival print of your augmented reality portrait (of you or you with your family or significant other) created for you from a personalized portrait photography session with a professional photographer in your home or office (within non remote world areas), to be exhibited in the Important Portraits exhibition at Pari Nadimi Gallery in April 2013 AND a personal one on one 30 minute augmented reality skype chat with Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey. Note that as a work of art the final product is at the artist’s artistic decision and discretion. After purchase your print will be made available as a limited edition of 20 (+1 artist proof), available exclusively to your friends and family for 3 months before being released for sale publicly. * I can't stress enough what an amazing deal this is, the gallery price for this work would be at least twice this amount! I had to beg my gallery to let me price the work so low.

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