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KATABASIS is a 9.25x11" 96 page hardcover art book based on my solo show at Last Rites Gallery in NYC opening April 19, 2014. Read more

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KATABASIS is a 9.25x11" 96 page hardcover art book based on my solo show at Last Rites Gallery in NYC opening April 19, 2014.

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UPDATE 3-5-14 —> MENTON3 DISCUSSES WHERE HE'S BEEN MENTALLY DURING THE KICKSTARTER NOW THAT IT'S ALMOST OVER.

UPDATE 2-24-14 —> MENTON3 AND KASRA CHAT ABOUT KATABASIS + FREE PRINT UPGRADE TO SLIPCASED EDITIONS

UPDATE 2-13-14 —> PROCESS VIDEO ABOUT WHERE MENTON3 IS AT WITH THE SHOW + KATABASIS BOOK UPGRADE TO 96 PAGES + SALTILLO/KATABASIS ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT.

UPDATE 2-7-14 —> PROCESS VIDEO FOR THE MAKING OF THE KATABASIS TAROT PRINT + A THANK YOU FROM MENTON3 FOR YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT!

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In Greek mythology, a Katabasis was the journey to the otherworld and into one's interiority to confront elements of one's psyche.

My name is Menton J. Matthews III, and for my upcoming solo gallery show at Last Rites Gallery in New York City opening April 19, I've chosen KATABASIS as the theme. I'm doing this Kickstarter in order to ask for your support in making a book about this theme and my process in creating the gallery show.

The limited run Katabasis hardcover book will be put together by myself and my frequent collaborator, Kasra Ghanbari. The book will be 9.25x11" with 72 pages (UPDATE: THE BOOK WILL NOW BE 96 PAGES) and will include all the works presented at my Last Rites Gallery show along with preliminary sketches, drawings, oil paintings, and other developmental works that were part of my own inward journey to draw forth the images for the gallery show. The book will also include information about Katabasis from mythological tales, especially the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, as well as experiences and understandings from my own Katabasis and how the pieces created relate to them.

We're also offering a special ultra-limited slipcased edition of the Katabasis book that will include an exclusive slipcase cover image, as well as a special signed/numbered plate. UPDATE: THE SLIPCASED EDITION WILL NOW INCLUDE THE PRINT "ORPHNE"

ABOUT LAST RITES GALLERY

Established in 2008 by Paul Booth, Last Rites has become a premiere gallery for the Dark Art movement and a haven for artists who prefer to explore the ominous, uncomfortable, and eccentric in their work. Striving to showcase some of the most thought-provoking art in contemporary surrealism, Last Rites creates an atmosphere where the artist can harness limitless expression and the observer can reflect inward, inspired to understand that which resides in us all.

Last Rites Gallery
Erica Berkowitz - Gallery Director
325 W. 38th St. #1
New York City, NY 10018
http://www.lastritesgallery.com

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!

The KATABASIS Kickstarter campaign is being run by myself, Tyler Crane, and Kasra Ghanbari.

We’re running this Kickstarter where the pledges don't simply accumulate one after another, but where the pledges are specifically created to get you exactly what you want.

So always feel free to email us through Kickstarter if you have any questions, are interested in upgrading your pledges, or if you have any requests for new/different pledges. We are here to help you in any way that we can!

SHIPPING INFO & RETURN POLICY

All rewards have U.S. shipping and handling already included!

International supporters, please add additional stated amounts in each pledge for international shipping and handling to either Canada or everywhere else in the world. We did a country-by-country breakdown of the actual packages and weights to determine these average amounts.

To add the extra amount: When you click on the pledge you have selected, a box will pop up displaying your current total pledge amount. Just add the extra shipping cost that pertains to you there.

All sales are final. Packages may be insured by your request, and all claims for damaged packages/goods must be made with the shipping carrier.

PLEDGE ITEM DESCRIPTIONS

Here are descriptions and images for many of the items in the pledges for this campaign. Contact us if you have any questions!

* ORPHNE PRINT FREE WITH SLIPCASED EDITION

8x10" signed/embossed paper print included with every copy of the Slipcased Edition of KATABASIS.

* KATABASIS TAROT PRINT - KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!

11x17" signed/embossed Tarot paper print based on the KATABASIS theme. This is an exclusive print and is limited to the total number of pledges here.

KATABASIS Tarot by menton3
KATABASIS Tarot by menton3

* KATABASIS HAND SILKSCREENED TSHIRT

100% cotton pre-shrunk RED or GREY t-shirt available in ALL men's/women's sizes. These shirts are hand silkscreened here in my studio.

Katabasis t-shirts in grey or red
Katabasis t-shirts in grey or red

* TROPES & LOCI ART BOOK

My first art book, Tropes & Loci, was a limited run self-published 8.5x12" 48 page hardcover book containing the body of work I created over the last three or four years. I have some copies left in my studio, and we're making them available here.

Tropes & Loci - cover
Tropes & Loci - cover
Tropes & Loci - pages 6 and 7
Tropes & Loci - pages 6 and 7

* "EURYDICE ONE" GICLEE PRINT - KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!

18x24" signed/numbered "Eurydice One" Giclee print on semi-gloss canvas. This is an exclusive print and is limited to the total number of pledges here.

18x24" oil painting "Eurydice One" by menton3
18x24" oil painting "Eurydice One" by menton3

 * "ABEO ONE" GICLEE PRINT - KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!

12x24" signed/numbered "Abeo One" Giclee print on semi-gloss canvas. This is an exclusive print and is limited to the total number of pledges here.

18x36" oil painting "Abeo One" by menton3
18x36" oil painting "Abeo One" by menton3

* OIL PAINTED COMMISSIONS

I'm offering 12x16" and 18x24" private fine art oil painted commissions on panel. My agent, Kasra Ghanbari, will contact you to discuss your single character or subject request.

* OIL PAINTED PORTRAIT COMMISSIONS

I'm offering 18x24" private oil painted portrait commissions on panel. My agent, Kasra Ghanbari, will contact you to discuss the subject and the requirements for the reference images you will provide.

* PRE-BUY PIECES FROM THE KATABASIS SHOW AT LAST RITES GALLERY!

With the cooperation of Last Rites Gallery, we've made some very special pledges available at the $800, $1500, $2500, $3500, and $5000 level where you can pledge to purchase art in my upcoming KATABASIS gallery show! Prior to the show opening, you will be contacted with the artworks at your pledge amount from which to choose your piece. These pledges include an invitation for yourself and a guest to a private tour by myself of the KATABASIS gallery show that will be held just prior to it opening to the public along with a personalized slipcased edition of the book and your name on the thank you page in the book. The exact date and time of the tour will be announced by March 1. Shipping and handling will be managed by the gallery, and these pledges are non-refundable. The art will be shipped to you at the end of the show.

"INDULGENCE 3" PAINTING BY MENTON3

You'll get the original fine art oil painting "INDULGENCE 3" by menton3 done on hand-stretched 27x60" linen. This piece has been published as the cover to MONOCYTE #4, as well as the cover to the collected MONOCYTE hardcover edition. Please inquire for international shipping rates.

Indulgence 3 by menton3
Indulgence 3 by menton3

Q&A

When will books, prints, and other pledges be shipped?

- Each pledge has an estimated shipping date listed under its description. The KATABASIS books have an estimated shipping date of June 2014. If you buy prints with the book, then they will ship together. However, if you only buy prints, then they will ship by April.

What t-shirt sizes are available?

- All sizes are available in Men's and Women's! Once the Kickstarter ends, we will send you a survey asking you what size and color you would like.

Can I add more items to my pledge?

- Yes! I want you to get exactly what you'd like! After choosing your pledge, message Tyler through Kickstarter (click the "Ask a question" button on the bottom of this page) letting him know what items you would like to add. Tyler will let you know the additional cost and how to upgrade your pledge.

How do the pledges for pre-buying pieces in the gallery show work?

Pledging to pre-buy means that prior to the gallery show opening you will be shown all available artworks at your pledge's price from which to choose your piece! S&H will be managed by the gallery, and these pledges are non-refundable. The art will be shipped at the end of the show.

Can I change my address for shipping?

- Once the time comes to start shipping, a survey will be sent out asking for your current address. At any time before we ship your pledge, you can contact Tyler through Kickstarter and let them know the right address to use.

If you have any additional questions please click the "Ask a question" button on the bottom of the page, and Tyler will get back to you shortly.

Risks and challenges

Everything in developing this book is being kept in-house as much as possible, such as the art scanning, research, writing, book design, editing, and project management. I’ve used the printing company before to make my first art book, but the fact is you never know if there will be issues or even delays at the printer, especially with shipping times. I will do my best to keep you up-to-date if there are delays and give the reason why. For pledge fulfillment, I’ve been involved in several other Kickstarter campaigns that were larger than this one, and I’m confident my studio assistants and I will be ready to handle this as quickly as possible.

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    7 backers

    Heartfelt thanks and gratitude for helping me make the KATABASIS book.

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    8 backers

    Exclusive 11x17" signed/embossed KATABASIS TAROT paper print. International shipping: add an additional $10 for Canada or $16 for any other country.

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    14 backers

    You will get a black KATABASIS t-shirt that's silkscreened by hand here in my studio. When the Kickstarter ends, we'll send out a survey asking you for Men's or Women's size and shirt color. International shipping: additional $12 for Canada or $18 for any other country.

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    18 backers Limited (32 left of 50)

    A copy of my first limited-run art book TROPES & LOCI, which is a 48 page 9.5x12" hardcover book.
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    114 backers

    KATABASIS hardcover book.
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    29 backers

    The KATABASIS book + exclusive signed/embossed 11x17" KATABASIS paper print.
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    42 backers

    You will receive the KATABASIS hardcover book + a black KATABASIS t-shirt that's silkscreened by hand here in my studio. When the Kickstarter ends, we'll send out a survey asking you for Men's or Women's size and shirt color. International shipping: additional $25 for Canada or $34 for any other country.

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    4 backers

    12x24" signed/numbered "Abeo One" Giclee print on semi-gloss canvas. This is an exclusive print and is limited to the total number of pledges here.
    International shipping: $17 for Canada or $25 for any other country

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    47 backers Limited (153 left of 200)

    Ultra-limited signed/numbered slipcased edition of the KATABASIS book with exclusive slipcase cover art. International shipping: add an additional $25 for Canada or $35 for any other country.

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    7 backers

    18x24" signed/numbered "Eurydice One" Giclee print on semi-gloss canvas. This is an exclusive print and is limited to the total number of pledges here. International shipping: $17 for Canada or $25 for any other country

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    10 backers

    The KATABASIS book + an original art sketch I draw based on the KATABASIS theme.
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    20 backers

    You will receive the slipcase edition of the KATABASIS book + a KATABASIS t-shirt that's silkscreened by hand here in my studio. When the Kickstarter ends, we'll send out a survey asking you for Men's or Women's size and shirt color. International shipping: additional $25 for Canada or $34 for any other country.

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    55 backers All gone!

    The KATABASIS slipcased edition + an original art sketch I draw based on the KATABASIS theme.
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    3 backers

    The KATABASIS book + "Abeo One" giclee print + "Eurydice One" giclee print + Katabasis paper print.

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    16 backers Limited (6 left of 22)

    The KATABASIS slipcased edition + "Abeo One" giclee print + "Eurydice One" giclee print + Katabasis paper print.

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    1 backer Limited (11 left of 12)

    Complete menton3 book package! Did you miss out on my past projects? With this pledge you will receive a copy of the KATABASIS hardcover book, TROPES & LOCI, LUST, and 4 books I'm featured in: TOME 1 + EXPLICITUS 1 and TOME 2 + EXPLICITUS 2. This offer is USA only. Includes Domestic shipping.

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    5 backers Limited (3 left of 8)

    12x16" private oil painted commission on panel + your name on the thank you page in the book. I will contact you to discuss your single character or subject request. International shipping: $55 for Canada and $80 for everywhere else

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    1 backer All gone!

    Original art for the KATABASIS Tarot print, which is 11x17" mixed media on card stock + your name on the thank you page in the book. International shipping: add an additional $25 for Canada or $35 for any other country.

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    ORIGINAL PIECE FROM THE SHOW. Pre-buy an original framed piece from the KATABASIS gallery show priced at $800 + an invitation for yourself and a guest to a private tour by menton3 of the KATABASIS gallery show held the day before it opens to the public + a personalized slipcased edition of the book + your name on the thank you page in the book. Selection of this piece will be based on the the order that this pledge is received. Prior to the show opening, you will be contacted with a list of works from which to choose your piece. Shipping will be handled by Last Rites Gallery at the show's end.

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    18x24" private oil painted commission on panel + your name on the thank you page in the book. I will contact you to discuss your single character or subject request. International shipping: $65 for Canada and $95 for everywhere else

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    ORIGINAL PIECE FROM THE SHOW. Pre-buy an original framed piece from the KATABASIS gallery show priced at $1500 + an invitation for yourself and a guest to a private tour by menton3 of the KATABASIS gallery show held the day before it opens to the public + a personalized slipcased edition of the book + your name on the thank you page in the book. Selection of this piece will be based on the the order that this pledge is received. Prior to the show opening, you will be contacted with a list of works from which to choose your piece. Shipping will be handled by Last Rites Gallery at the show's end.

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    18x24" private oil painted PORTRAIT commission on panel + your name on the thank you page in the book. I will contact you to discuss the subject and the requirements for the reference images. International shipping: $65 for Canada and $95 for everywhere else

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    ORIGINAL PIECE FROM THE SHOW. Pre-buy an original framed piece from the KATABASIS gallery show priced at $2500 + an invitation for yourself and a guest to a private tour by menton3 of the KATABASIS gallery show held the day before it opens to the public + a personalized slipcased edition of the book + your name on the thank you page in the book. Selection of this piece will be based on the the order that this pledge is received. Prior to the show opening, you will be contacted with a list of works from which to choose your piece. Shipping will be handled by Last Rites Gallery at the show's end.

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    You will receive the oil painting "Eurydice One" which is 18x24" on panel + your name on the thank you page in the book. The piece will come framed by menton3! INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: please inquire for rates.

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    You will receive the oil painting "Abeo One" which is 18x36" on panel + your name on the thank you page in the book. The piece will come framed by menton3! Shipping will be handled by Last Rites Gallery at the show's end.

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    ORIGINAL PIECE FROM THE SHOW. Pre-buy an original framed piece from the KATABASIS gallery show priced at $3500 + an invitation for yourself and a guest to a private tour by menton3 of the KATABASIS gallery show held the day before it opens to the public + a personalized slipcased edition of the book + your name on the thank you page in the book. Selection of this piece will be based on the the order that this pledge is received. Prior to the show opening, you will be contacted with a list of works from which to choose your piece. Shipping will be handled by Last Rites Gallery at the show's end.

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    You'll get the original fine art oil painting INDULGENCE 3 by menton3 done on hand-stretched 27x60" linen + an invitation for yourself and a guest to a private tour by menton3 of the KATABASIS gallery show held the day before it opens to the public + a personalized slipcased edition of the book + your name on the thank you page in the book. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: please inquire for rates.

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    ORIGINAL PIECE FROM THE SHOW. Pre-buy an original framed piece from the KATABASIS gallery show priced at $5000 + an invitation for yourself and a guest to a private tour by menton3 of the KATABASIS gallery show held the day before it opens to the public + a personalized slipcased edition of the book + your name on the thank you page in the book. Prior to the show opening, you will be contacted with a list of works from which to choose your piece. Shipping will be handled by Last Rites Gallery at the show's end.

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