Any additional support will be put to good use. I have some shows I am working on in San Francisco and Europe.
so great the support I have gotten!
Here is the 22' long tree in action:
Here's The Tree B-Q I am taking:
The photos are looking fantastic, about 15, 8-10" tall collaged photos of Palms, Sequoia's, Redwoods and Monterey pines.
If I I can go over $3,000.00 I will give everyone who pledges $20.00 or more the $50.00 reward, $50. the $100, etc.
Hows that? Any extra support is definitely needed. With photo printing, building the machines, shipping, let alone plane tickets the 3k is, well, gone. I sure wouldn't have gotten this far without it!
all the best
I need to get the work finished and me and the work all the way across the US of A. For me it will cost a fortune.
The pieces from this show represent a year's worth of hard work, informed by 30 years of making art. I build machines and robots and have had some great success exhibiting them over the years. This show will have a 20' long robot tree, a functioning tree BB-Q, a large series (a forest if you, will) of collaged 8-10' tall tree photos (hopefully), a suite of small photos in a handmade redwood box and a small tabletop version of the 20' tree.
The opening night will also include BB-Q to eat from a machine/tree BB-Q and the DJ stylings of only S.F., Ca. musics by multiple Ca. x-pats located in NYC.
here an example of my work:
Getting funding will also help me after the exhibit, so I can ship it all home! And, have some wind in my sails after the exhibit by not being thousands in debt. It will help me along to my next project, having microorganisms operate my robots.
I have never had any sales to speak of. Frankly, who wants a giant robot or machine in their living room? I do this work because I love it, and I truly believe that it is an important and valuable cultural contribution.
I can't count on sales to make money; the 30 years of no sales proves that. Hoping for sales is like hoping you win the lottery. I have to rely on odd jobs to make it happen. I have always felt artists who work in alternative or fringe fields take take a vow of poverty. I know I have.
Realistically, this show will cost me around 20k.
studio rent and bills at home
food/expenses in NYC
BB-Q for the masses
unknowns, which are always a lot
I need to go to NYC twice, to set the work up early, and at the end to take it all down and ship home what I can afford to ship after all of the expenses.
In addition to other costs, having proper shipping is key. This is very expensive, as the main piece, a 20' long robotic tree is pretty damn heavy and yet delicate. Shipping jeopardizes the piece even before it gets there. If I do not get some funding this exhibit will be sorely compromised. I will have to cut up and destroy the sculpture at the end of the exhibit because I will not be able to afford to ship it home. really.
It sometimes seems overwhelming to take on something like this. To go in debt yet again to do yet another great show. It can make you crazy! I do it because I love it, not because it is easy.
It is an honor to have a chance to exhibit, especially in NYC.
I used to teach at Universities, but that ended 3 years ago when the economy tanked. Since then it has been even harder to get adequate funding and income as an artist. Sometimes I think the only way to keep making art is to have a patron, sales or a trust fund. I have none of these. That is why I am calling on you, the people, for help. I have helped with numerous fundraisers over the years and have donated my time and work. If we can all just give a little, perhaps these projects can be accomplished without the elusive mythical wealthy donors and benefactors.
There is obviously no upper limit to the amount I can spend on this. The amount of funding will determine the quality and extent of the show. You all can decide the size of the spectacle...
Here is the first, smaller treebot:
Here is the small one I am giving away for the $1000.00 donation:
I always thought if we could choose where our tax dollars go, little to none would go to the military and a lot lot more would go to the arts. A proposal like this works that way in a sense. A society gets what it invests in.
- (28 days)