Hi, I'm Krystal South, an artist, writer, and generally interested person in Portland, Oregon. I don't always call myself an artist, because I don't make a living from my work. The economics of the art world – and the preciousness of outrageously unaffordable artwork – has always baffled me.
I've created this Kickstarter campaign to experiment with new form of art exhibition and approach to selling work. I've asked 11 artists to create new works that fit into the Kickstarter format. In response, they have each designed a custom artwork through online retailers in editions of 10, and assigned a value for these mediated works.
Throughout the course of this campaign, I'll be interviewing the artists, educators, writers, and other interested parties about where the art world stands today–both as an institution and a means of livelihood–and how crowd-funding may continue to impact the economy of artistic practice.
Opening October 11th, the culmination of this project will be presented at Ditch Projects, a gallery in Springfield, Oregon. The physical exhibition will display a single edition of each artwork, as well as the video documentation.
I believe that crowd-funding will continue to positively impact an economy driven by creative people – with human stories – who want to bring good and beauty and change to the world. The artists in this exhibition were given a simple set of rules, and have all created amazing, thoughtful objects that I'm excited to bring together under one roof.
Making art costs money, and bringing art to the public costs money too. The conversations around the art economy focus on gallery sales and auction prices, not the living wage of the artist, curator, or independent gallerist. Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter offer a new opportunity for patrons to directly impact the life and work of a living contemporary artist.
You have the opportunity to purchase a limited-edition artwork by any of the 11 artists. Seventy-five percent of the purchase price will go directly back to the artist to support their career, while the rest will cover fees associated with the Kickstarter, credit card processing, and installation costs for the physical exhibition in October. You can pledge $1 to follow along with the campaign, or $5 to receive a copy of the digital exhibition catalog via downloadable PDF in October.
Supporting the arts should be as rewarding and exciting as buying a new tech gadget, if not more so. Those who don't have thousands or millions of dollars to spend at art auctions should still be able to support artists and enjoy their artwork in their homes.
Let's try out this new form of peer-to-peer digital arts patronage and see how it could potentially shift an out of date system.
Clown Costume Bag, $500.
BRAD ADKINS lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
American Express USB Card with software, $35.
An exclusive American Express Centurion USB Card preloaded with #Moneybrick so you can print $30,000 stacks on the go using a consumer inkjet printer.
ANTHONY ANTONELLIS is an artist who is based on the internet in New York. He is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, BFA in painting, and Bauhaus University, MFA in new artistic strategies. He is the creator of netartnet.net, an online-gallery listing and directory. Antonellis’ work has been exhibited internationally at venues including The Photographers’ Gallery London, Transfer Gallery, New York, and art fairs NADA and Untitled Miami Beach. His work has been featured in Artnet, The Creators Project, and Interview Magazine as well as news outlets such as Wired, CNET, Discovery, and BBC World Service.
Color Print on 7ft Tear Drop Beach Flag (69x25 inches) incl. Stand, $300
The Bieber Room Flag is the first release of Kim Asendorf's Digital Painting Bot, a bot that makes use of software designed for human users. Digital Painting Bots is a series of 'Desktop Bots' developed as artists in the field of digital painting. Each bot is optimized to use a certain application like a master artist with its own personal style, derived from the most aesthetic features of its application. These bots are literally questioning if they need a license for Photoshop or if they can infringe copyrights at all. Despite this, the bot is free of taste, in its paradigm it can act in full freedom. No rethinking, no regrets, no need to undo.
KIM ASENDORF is a conceptual artist and works in a large area of digital related art. He loves to transport things from the internet into the real life and back. Kim did several net.art projects, often based on data taken from the internet or gathered from other individuals through the internet. He works very experimental with generative strategies, physical computing, data and glitch. Most of his works leads into installations, sculptures, visualizations and abstract geometric art, but also into applications, animated gifs or noisy sounds. In 2010 he coined the term “pixel sorting”, an algorithmic image manipulation process with unique results.
URL Letterman Jacket, $250.
LaTurbo Avedon's unisex 24oz wool jacket with signature URL letter crest on chest and embroidered Wi-Fi signal on back. Size info will be requested at the completion of the Kickstarter.
LATURBO AVEDON is an artist-avatar whose existence and creative output resides entirely online. Without a real world referent, LaTurbo is a digital manifestation of a person that has never existed outside of a computer. Avedon’s digital sculptures and environments disregard this lack of physicality, and instead emphasize the practice of virtual authorship. Her works are regularly distributed online, and have been exhibited internationally - including shows at Transfer Gallery (New York City), Jean Albano Gallery (Chicago), Nomade Space (Hangzhou), and Galeries Lafayette (Paris).
3D Printed Ceramic in Black, White, or Robin's Egg Blue, $80.
A 3D print of Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey's actual hand in a classic laptop trackpad pose. Perfect for those looking to own a piece of one of art history's greatest living legends.
JEREMY BAILEY Since the early noughties Bailey has ploughed a compelling, and often hilarious, road through the various developments of digital communications technologies. Ostensibly a satire on, and parody of, the practices and language of "new media," the jocose surface of Bailey’s work hides an incisive exploration of the critical intersection between video, computing, performance, and the body." (Morgan Quaintance, Rhizome) His work has been shown widely including recent exhibitions and performances at Transmediale (Berlin), Mediamatic (Amsterdam), Museums Quartier (Vienna), Balice Hertling (Paris), FACT (Liverpool), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Turner Contemporary (Margate), and The New Museum (New York). Bailey is represented by Pari Nadimi Gallery in Toronto.
6" x 6" depth-mapped print, $170.
Anomalous fiber sample (angel hair) imaged with electron microscopy, depth-mapped and extruded with local context at 127x scale.
ZACH DAVIS (b. 1985) is an artist and curator living in New York. He is one of the founders of Appendix Project Space, a residency and exhibition space that operated from 2008 to 2013 in Portland, Oregon.
Two cotton/poly pillow cases printed with select stains. Pillows not included., $100.
29" x 19.5" 100% Satisfaction guaranteed.
BEA FREMDERMAN b. 1988. Born in Kishinov, Moldova, Bea finished her studies at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her current research interests are interior design, bureaucratic systems or structures and false notions of freedom. Fremderman's work combines parts and segments of a Capitalist reality as a reflection of daily life that has slipped away from society’s consciousness. Fremderman's work has been exhibited in Mexico and Canada, and throughout the United States and Europe. Exhibition highlights include c,o,n,t,i,n,u,o,u,s & c-o-n-n-e-c-t-e-d at Aran Cravey Gallery in Los Angeles, S,M,L,XL at Appendix Gallery in Portland, The Stanley Parable at Elaine Levy Project in Brussels and Younger Than Jesus at the New Museum in New York. In 2012, Bea was awarded the BFA Fellowship Award and Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives and produces in New York City.
13" x 21” Polyester Lumbar Pillow, $60.
MO MARIE is an internet-oriented painter.
Trends move faster than ever, the context of an image can easily be changed from one profile to another. Realtime Readymades are objects sourced by artist Ryder Ripps from eBay and mailed direct to the collector. These objects are guaranteed to mean absolutely nothing in the most current way. They will be 100% art objects as they exist as pure concepts at the point of purchase – sight unseen you can guarantee that your Realtime Readymade by Ryder Ripps will be the purest, most current embodiment of conceptual art in the digital age. No two will be the same, each object will come with a signed and stamped certificate of authenticity.
RYDER RIPPS is a conceptual artist and creative director who as of 2014 writes his own bios in third person.
Custom 10" wall clock, $40.
Whether you are waiting on a long render, or simply watching life render before your eyes, a 10 inch Silva RENDERING Clock makes a great addition to your home, or gift for a loved one.
RICK SILVA is an artist whose recent videos, websites, and images, explore notions of landscape and wilderness in the 21st century. He frequently works with the experimental gallery spaces TRANSFER Gallery (NYC) and Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR). Rick lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he also teaches at the University of Oregon.
Musical box that plays an arrangement of Krist Wood's third prelude when opened, $333.
KRIST WOOD is a scientist.
Ditch Projects is an artist-run studio, installation and performance space located in downtown Springfield, Oregon. The mission of Ditch Projects is to supply a progressive and permissive venue for the visual and performing arts while maintaining an open, experimental and festive atmosphere.
The physical exhibition will contain one of each artwork, as well as a loop of all of the videos created during this Kickstarter campaign. The Kickstarter itself will end during the exhibition opening, October 11th between 6-9pm. Please join us if you are able:
303 S. 5th Avenue #165
Springfield OR 97477
Thank you for supporting this experimental exhibition through Kickstarter. Your patronage of the arts both on- and offline, means that artists can continue experimenting with new ideas, forms, and formats.
Risks and challenges
All of the artwork rewards are already in production for the exhibition at Ditch Projects in October, and are ready to be reproduced for the full edition of 10 upon completion of the Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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