Push/Pull is an artist-run cooperative gallery in Seattle, WA. We are dedicated to promoting and exhibiting fringe alternative art and comics.
It all started in November 2013 with artists Seth Goodkind and Maxx. Since then the studio and gallery space has developed into a venue that has represented nearly 90 artists, curated 16 group shows and hosted or sponsored many outside events supporting local writers, comic artists and musicians. We have worked to develop a mission of showing and promoting under-represented art and artists. We've also added 4 additional member artists. As a cooperative, we all share in the work to make things successful.
Push/Pull began with the idea that the art we loved and created was somehow different, it needed a unique setting, in defiance of the standard white-walled art gallery. We sought to create an unconventional space that brought fringe alternative art and comics to a larger audience in a more appealing way. We painted and upholstered the walls of our small space in sultry and evocative colors, and furnished it to be inviting and comfortable, more like a living room than a gallery.
where we are at now
Our idea worked better than we had anticipated. We've outgrown our current location and have as many artists and art as we can fit.
The goal of this campaign is to fund a larger street-level space that can be open every day. Our current gallery will remain but primarily function as a studio for the resident artists and a secondary exhibition space. The monthly group shows will move to the new space. The funds raised in this campaign will be used to secure a new space (deposit, first, last month's rent), remodel as needed, buy equipment and fixtures, any needed permits, and pay for the small expenses related to rewards. All of the art, prints, and other creations in the rewards have been donated by the Push/Pull member and guest artists who believe in our mission.
who we are
Our Guest Artists - We carefully curate works from guests in Seattle and around the world. We are always on the search for art and comics that tell a unique story. We deliberately seek to support and exhibit the work of underrepresented and undiscovered artists.
Our members put together 10 button designs and 10 sticker designs that are only available through this campaign. There is also a screen printed Push/Pull baby (Agatha) patch that is only available through this campaign.
Buttons are 1" with pin backs. Stickers are 2" x 2" or 1.5" x 3" vinyl. Patches are screen printed by hand and can be washed like a t-shirt. We also made a special Kickstarter campaign thank you card that will be signed by all the Push/Pull members.
There's a lot of rewards thanks to all of the artists that believe in our mission. Here's a chart that simplifies some of it, the details are below:
Give us a buck and we'll shoot you over a thank you email expressing our gratitude. (unlimited)
For $5 you'll get 2 of the exclusive stickers, one exclusive button and a signed thank you card. (unlimited)
Kickstarter Fun Pack $7 gets you an exclusive sticker, button, patch and a signed thank you card. (limited to 500)
$8 One mini print from an option of 6 by Seth Goodkind + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 50)
$9 4x6 print from Alexandria Sandlin exclusively available for this campaign! + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 100)
$10 4 stickers from Seth Goodkind + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 10)
$11 One print & One zine by Marty Gordon + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 5)
$12 4x6 print Exclusive to the campaign signed by Rhodora Jacob + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 100)
$15 10 Twin Peaks 1" character pinback buttons by Maxx + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 100)
$17 8x10 Print signed by Krissy Downing (Qrissy), your choice from 4 options + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 40)
$18 They Live poster by Marc J Palm + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 5)
$19 8"x10" exclusive print from Maxx of The Beekeeper (portrait of Neil Gaiman), signed and numbered (limited to 100)
$24 Coloring Book by Krissy Downing (Qrissy) + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 25)
$25 Mystery gift pack! Includes the Kickstarter fun pack plus a collection of prints, stickers, buttons, zines, comics and other items from our artists. Valued at no less than $25! (limited to 200)
$28 8x10 Exclusive to the campaign print signed by Rhodora Jacob + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 50)
$30 Kickstarter MEGA fun pack! All 10 exclusive to Kickstarter Push/Pull buttons AND All 10 stickers + Push/Pull Patch + Thank you card from the Push/Pull crew (limited to 250)
$35 Original cigarette pack art by Aaron Morgan! You pick from a selection of celebrities, geishas and more. Sumi ink and dye on empty cigarette packs. + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 10)
$40 5x7 Original ink drawing by Rhodora Jacob. You pick from a selection of drawings + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 30)
$49 Reproduction mounted on wood with epoxy finish by Rich M Stevens, you choose from current inventory + Kickstarter Fun Pack (limited to 13)
$50 Send in a photo of yourself and it will be used as a reference in a comic by Seth Goodkind. You'll get a copy of the comic + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 10)
$52 Seth Goodkind will select a random piece of production art just for you + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 5)
$57 Mini heart original acrylic painting by Alexandria Sandlin + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 2)
$60 Small original art 5x7 from Marty Gordon - you select from current inventory + Kickstarter fun pack (only one available!)
$65 4x6" original painting by Rhodora Jacob, you select from current inventory + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 25)
$75 Original art by Megan Noel from 3 selections + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 3)
$80 8x10" original graphite flora & fauna theme portrait from a photo you send in by Rhodora Jacob + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 20)
$85 Intruder Issues 2-15, 4 issue subscription AND Intruder t-shirt by Seth Goodkind + Kickstarter fun pack (only one available!)
$100 Seth Goodkind will round up 8 artists to knock out a mini-comic with your theme! Table of contents will have your name as a credit along with the artists and you will receive 5 copies of the finished book + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 5)
$102 Triptych reproduction on wood with epoxy finish by Rich M Stevens + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 2)
$105 Original painting from Maxx, you select from current inventory, valued $125-250 + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 5)
$106 4" Needle felt sculpture by Rhodora Jacob + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 10)
$125 VIP Invitation to our private opening party + MEGA fun pack (only 50 available)
$150 Original art by Marty Gordon (8x10) You choose from current inventory + Kickstarter fun pack (Only 1 available)
$200 Original art by Maxx valued at $225-300 from current selections + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 5)
$206 8"x10" original acrylic painting flora/fauna painting by Rhodora Jacob + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 10)
$210 Pencil portrait on wood by Rich M Stevens from your photo (no pets) + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 5)
$250 VIP Invitation + 1 guest to our private opening party +2 MEGA fun packs + Thank you on social media (Facebook & Twitter) and Push/Pull website (limited to 25)
$300 Large original art by Marty Gordon + Kickstarter fun pack (only 1 available)
$400 Watercolor portrait on by Rich M Stevens from your photo (no pets) + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 3)
$450 Push/Pull themed original art by Eli Wolff created just for this campaign! + Kickstarter fun pack (only 1 available)
$500 Krissy Downing (Qrissy) will paint your likeness into an original painting that you get to keep + Kickstarter fun pack (only 1 available)
$550 16x20 Portrait of your pet as a dragon by Maxx + Kickstarter fun pack (limited to 5)
$1,000 Private reception for you and up to 25 guests. You'll get a preview of the show for the month and be able to select to from the list of group shows coming up to have a private reception the night before the opening. Get a preview of the art and one-on-one time with the artists and Push/Pull crew! ("delivery" dependent on month selected) + MEGA fun pack (limited to 6)
$2,000 Curate a show at Push/Pull! You come up with a theme, we'll handle the call for artists and let you select your favorites to show. You get your selected art up for an entire month with credit as the curator in all press and marketing.
We've set our goal at just enough to cover campaign fees and secure a modest space. If we are able to raise additional funds it means not only a larger space for art and comics, but also space for events and classes.
Special thanks go out to Jeremy Ward for his help with video filming and Krissy Downing for the soundtrack music!
Risks and challenges
The biggest obstacle we might come across is availability of a retail space for rent. However, we are committed to finding a spot and have already discussed increasing our search area if we feel that's appropriate or needed. It's also possible that some of the artists will not be able to finish their committed rewards on time. If that happens we will communicate any delays to our backers as soon as we know about them. We've tried to reach out to a large group of artists for rewards so that no one is too burdened. If an artist is delayed we will assign other artists to assist them in finishing as close to the delivery date as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter