I’m Peter Santino and I just finished this fantastic museum project, here in Eureka. "The Exhibition at the End of Time, at the End of the World” was the first time a single artist filled the entire Morris Graves Museum of Art and it changed the course of art history... in Humboldt.
Time & World Continue Along.
Since the world didn't end, people have been asking me, “What’s the next project?”
The Next Project:
I’m writing a book! Actually, I’m going to finish the story I started writing 40 years ago. On Christmas Eve, 1972, I survived the sinking of the crab boat Lady Fame at the entrance to Humboldt Bay.
Soon after, I began the manuscript that I ingeniously called “Coast Guard Plucks 4”.
I was obsessed with writing absolute truth - no embellishment or clever trickery. I did write a very accurate narrative detailing all my thoughts and actions during that 24 hour period leading up to my own near death. But in thinking about it over the years... doesn't Truth, like a fine wine, gain character and improve with age?
I've decided that embellishment, clever writing techniques and tricks of the author’s trade are just what I need to transform this true story into the Great Humboldt Novel.
The original 1973 text will remain as the sweet nougat core over which I can pour on a layer of chewy exaggeration... and then dip it in a coating of pure fabrication... with nuts.
it’s a sea story, I got to thinking about MOBY-DICK.
Herman Melville used the whaling tale as his sweet nougat core and then surrounded it with rants and narratives about whatever he chose.
I’ll flesh out my absolutely true LADY-FAME tale with the story of early 1970’s Eureka and WACO, the warehouse and cooperative art studio where I lived. Then, like Melville, I can add in rants about contemporary art, religion, politics. All of it taking place in that special moment in history, December of 1972. Normally, I’d do this project the same way as I've done for 44 years: vocation all day and avocation all night. But times are tough. No day job. No money to pay for the assistance I need or even the roof over my head. Maybe I can raise money to pay the best editor I know, who happens to need that same roof over her head.
Solution is Found!
Just as I am,
undoubtedly, America’s best unknown artist, my wife Shirley is America’s best
unknown editor and the perfect writer’s assistant... and she lives with me!
I need Shirl to help me with grammar, syntax, embellishment, clever writing techniques and tricks of the author’s trade.
A successful Kickstarter campaign will allow me to hire Shirley as a writer’s assistant and pay her a decent wage for helping me to finish this book. I figure 200 hours @ $30 per hour ...$6000.
Now... all Kickstarter
projects have this reward system and usually your pledge is rewarded with a
copy of the thing created. You’ll get
that, but since you are pledging to an artist, you can get so much more.
Check out the incredible rewards that can be yours in exchange for your help on my book project:
So, The Rewards:
$10 = A PDF of the finished book + a certificate/banknote. Individually numbered and hand signed, they’re like a little 2-sided print. Look like money. And they have a hologram!
$25 = PDF + a certificate/banknote + a paperback (9” x 6”) printed copy of the completed book (signed by the author. Me!).
$50 = PDF + a certificate/banknote + a paperback (9” x 6”) printed copy of the completed book (signed) + a 13” x 19” print of the layout of “The End of History” (signed - on archival paper)
$75 = PDF + a certificate/banknote + a paperback (9” x 6”) printed copy of the completed book (signed) + 1 square yard piece of the fur floor painting: “The End of the World,” that filled the Rotunda of the museum.
$100 = PDF + a certificate/banknote + two (2) paperback (9” x 6”) printed copies of the completed book (signed). Yes! Two! One for you and one for a gift. + a copy of the hardcover book (signed). Full size, well bound with dust jacket.
$150 = PDF + a certificate/banknote + a paperback (9” x 6”) printed copy of the completed book (signed)+ your choice of one of the ten “End of Me” framed photographs that were displayed in the Morris Graves Museum of Art.
$500 = PDF + a certificate/banknote + a paperback (9” x 6”) printed copy of the completed book (signed)+ a hardcover book(signed)+ your choice of one of the 33 name panels that make up the floating ceiling painting “The End of History” as displayed in the Morris Graves Museum of Art.
$1000 = PDF + a certificate/banknote + a paperback(9” x 6”) printed copy of the completed book (signed)+ a hardcover book (signed) + your choice of one of the 7 “End of Sun”, 40” x 30”, oil on canvas paintings as displayed in the Morris Graves Museum of Art.
For more information about the rewards, and better photographs of everything available, check this page on my website: http://www.santino.tv/work/2013/index_2013.html
I do have experience in completing a book-like narrative project.
Take a look at "Mount Shasta" a photo-novella for the Internet which I completed about a decade ago. Here's a link to it on YouTube:
I've been a
contemporary artist for 44 years and have gotten away with some astonishing feats. I did this museum exhibition wrapped around
the notion of “The End” to be just that, a last hurrah for that body of work.
Help me to launch my next period as a contemporary writer by supporting this project!
Thanks for taking the time to read this and now press that “Back this Project” button!
Risks and challenges
Well, I do have the core of the project complete. The sweet, chewy nougat core. 50,000 words written back in 1973. Now, how to surround that core and make a more amusing and intriguing read is the challenge. By involving Shirley, I am positive I can make it work.
I do have a good track record of completing projects by just pounding away. Many large scale fine art exhibitions, solo and group, both in the US and abroad.
The deadline of Christmas 2013 will definitely be a challenge, but with some funding to relieve that need to always be searching for some income, I know it can be met.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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