I am very excited to announce my first solo exhibition opening this autumn,
"the serpent eats its tail - personal experiments in alchemy"
Opening 06 September 2018 at 8pm. The exhibition then runs until 18 October 2018 at Ludwig, Anzengruberstraße 3, 12043, Neukölln, Berlin.
I am very lucky to have been offered the space at Ludwig, "a place where different beings and things come together and communicate with each other” a queer bar, venue and art space in the heart of Neukölln, in the South East of Berlin. This is the first opportunity for me to produce a coherent body of my own work, curating the space to incorporate my sculptural works aswell as illustrations and wall based media. This is an opportunity i want to use, to push my own boundaries of what i can achieve, I want to produce bigger and bolder work and would dearly love to share with you what i feel i am capable of. And hopefully get myself on the ladder to establishing myself as an exhibiting artist.
(If you wish to see my previous work, take a look at my website )
It has been said that i have a gift for transforming things into something slightly off kilter - creating objects that are almost normal but not quite, this is my aim for this exhibition. I have been reading about the history of alchemy and about the primordial landscapes of our pre civilised planet and these areas of enquiry are directing and shaping the work i want to produce for this project.
I was a little sceptical about using this platform to ask for money, it feels a little cheeky asking for handouts to enable me to do what i love. But various friends have encouraged me, reminding me that historically this is how some of the finest art works have been produced, the patron / artist relationship is as old as art itself.
And so, here i am, asking for your support. As with most gallery spaces, Ludwig will only receive money if i sell work. I too will only receive money if i sell work, but before that even happens a lot of work must go into producing an exhibition, and for this i wish to call on some very talented individuals, graphic designers, sound artists, artisans and craftspeople to help me produce the work and the event and all that involves. And i would dearly love to pay those people for their time and skills.
Your generous support will enable me to produce advertising materials for the exhibition and an accompanying catalogue. It will enable me to pay those i work with a fair and decent wage for their time and skillset. It will also enable me to purchase all the raw materials necessary to produce the work for the exhibition and the transportation required to move it to and from the exhibition space.
With each level of pledge i offer a 'reward', from an exhibition tote bag, to one of my leather feathers, to a one off illustration. A token of my thanks, a keepsake from this experience.
Risks and challenges
I am required by Kickstarter to suggest possible risks and challenges to the project, but i feel in this instance there really are very few. No challenges are insurmountable.
However, with kickstarter if i fail to reach my financial goal for this project, i receive nothing. So i guess my main concern at this time is this kickstarter campaign failing, to not raise enough cash to allow me to work with other artists for this project. I can produce lesser work, or work that requires lesser financial output in terms of materials etc. But i will not ask for considerable labour from others for free.
Thankyou for taking the time to read this, and thankyou in advance of your support.
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