Ever since I pulled my first teeny tiny print in a college studio ten years ago, I have loved making prints and have been committed to figuring out how to be able to do it forever (the video above gives a little glimpse at what I do: I work with all kinds of printmaking processes from letterpress and screen prints to woodcuts and etchings). In 2013, I will begin to show my work in a series of solo exhibitions, and I want to invite you to be a part of the process.
Recently, I had the opportunity to make an artist’s book and I chose the Great Lakes as my subject matter, exploring the ways in which they connect and separate geographical regions. During and after the making of the book, I have been thinking more and more about the geographic spaces that are in between, how we interact with them: we build bridges to span rivers, we blast tunnels through mountains, we sail boats across oceans. In other ways, we build fences to mark property lines, draw borders between states, and give names to the features of the landscape. These are things I do not quite understand, and I continue exploring them in my work.
Much like a musician would create an album--writing and recording songs, putting them in a coherent order--I am working on exploring a set of ideas and putting them together in a series of prints to be shown together. Also much like a musician, I am in the process of setting up a tour for my artwork at some fantastic regional art centers. In April of 2013, it will make its debut in the Minnesota Gallery at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. From there, it will travel to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Copper Country Community Art Center in Hancock, and the Northfield Arts Guild in Northfield, Minnesota. Other destinations are in the works. It is appropriate that these are art centers in smaller communities--they are exactly the kind of place where I first learned to look at art as a young person, and I am excited to bring the work to the most in-between place of all, the Midwest.
I am hoping to make about twenty new images, and the plan is to create an edition of each: printing about ten or fifteen copies of each one by hand. The great thing about this is, I will then have an arsenal of work to photograph, show, sell, and otherwise share with the world—not to mention, with my wonderful Kickstarter backers. I am really excited about this work, and I want to share a part of it with each of you, whether it's postcard-sized or print-sized. The money I hope to raise will go directly to the following expenses:
- Paper, ink, wood, and screens: these are my main supplies.
- Framing: since my senior show in college, my dad has been making beautiful walnut frames for my art. I really want to be able to pay him for his time and materials to make frames for the new work. Additionally, I will need mats and glass from a local frame shop.
- Documentation: I hope to buy a better camera and learn to take more professional photographs of my work so I can be self-sufficient and efficient in getting my work documented for my website and future submissions to shows and residencies. I also have hopes of making a small catalog of the work from the show.
- Transportation: I have to get the work to the galleries!
- Interns: I am hiring two young artists to help me print the editions! If i raise more than the $8,500, I want to pay them a stipend for their time.
For an artist, beginning to show work on one’s own is a marker of development and growth. It is a huge opportunity to more fully explore ideas and present them to a bigger audience. This truly is the next step in my career, not just in and of itself, but it will lead to other opportunities: residencies, continued education, development, the ability to produce more work. That might sound like a big circle, but if you ask any artist, they will likely tell you that their biggest desire is to keep doing what they’re doing and to be able grow as an artist. I am very excited and a little nervous. Which is a good way to be, I think.
Finally, while the goal of this campaign is to raise money, I know that money is not everything! I am also greatly aware that none of us gets to where we want to be without a great deal of help and support. If you are interested in helping the show in other ways, please let me know. I am looking for a good fit in a Twin Cities venue as well as two or three other galleries in the region to show the work. I also need some kind of access to vehicles with lots of trunk space to move the work around, and a few other details.
Risks and challenges
For FLY OVER the kickstarter project, there are few risks. Backers will absolutely get their rewards. I am committed to making the artwork, and producing a professional show. The risks for FLY OVER the art show are greater. Without funding, I am not sure how I will pay for the necessary expenses of supplies, framing, documentation, and transportation. I hope you will consider helping the show get off the ground!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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