Hello! I am Shannon Gilbert, an artist based out of Richmond, Virginia. I have been accepted for a month long residency at the Art Students League of New York @ Vytlacil. As an Artist-In-Residence, I am afforded focused time and private studio space and housing to realize a new project. I will receive studio visits and critiques and I will provide an artist talk and possibly a workshop. The League could not offer me a fellowship for this residency, the residency fee is $2800, and I estimate my total expenses to be $3150 (conservatively). This year I worked as a guard at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and as the preparator for the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts to earn enough money to cover much of the cost myself (while still making art and participating in shows and benefits). I am asking you to be a friend of the arts, dig deep and help me cover some associated costs. In return, you will get some delightful rewards! If the Kickstarter exceeds $300.00 I will offer some stretch goals, so keep your eyes peeled for updates!
My work begins outside of the studio. Observing the landscape as I travel, I fixate on the collisions between man and nature. I look for evidence of the history of a place. The process is hunting and gathering, searching for an experience, or proof of experiences past, cataloging those moments through an external memory drive (mobile phone) and through note taking and sketching.
Over the last year, I have documented my travels, primarily on my 150 mile commute through rural central Virginia. Having lived in many places, large and small, I developed an awareness of how geography impacts identity and perception.
During my residency at Vytlacil, I will continue the using my external memory drive to catalogue the spaces between cities in the last vestiges of rural america.
I want to penetrate the essence of the moment in time, capturing the temperature and the energy of the observation and its entanglement with color and light, memorializing the disappearing rural idyllic through a series of paintings and prints.
Our memories shape our reality, but memory is faulty. My own memory has been compromised by time, trauma and information overload. By using the camera as an external memory drive, I relieve myself of the burden or remembering. This catalogue provides an autobiographical lexicon of visual references, so that I may return to the studio to document the experience through materials like paint and collage. My work allows me to explore the environment at a particular moment and to freeze the forms that represent that moment in time, observing the degradation of land, gentrification, decline, developments and demolitions.
My urbanscapes are inspired by the enigmatic, still vignettes, devoid of human activity, reflecting on our contemporary estrangement brought about by dormitory style suburbs and commuter cities. My process has led me to travel beyond the city and suburbs, farther from the urban sprawl deeper the dwindling rural. It is through these rural veins that I have been presented with both the idyllic and the spoiled, what is touched and untouched. Through my presence and subsequent distance, I attempt to distill the sublime through my materials.
The Art Students League of New York was founded in 1875 by artists, for artists. The list of artists who have attended and/or taught at The League is astounding.
"Building on the esteemed reputation of the Art Students League of New York, the League Residency at Vyt provides support to emerging, established, and teaching artists by bringing them together with masters and colleagues for intensive focus through an international residency program. "- ASLNY
Tiny, handmade, recycled notebooks are back! Pocket sized, made from magazine subscription cards and recycled art magazines, these little journals are ready to receive grocery lists, song lyrics and those spontaneous strokes of genius.
I am also offering giclee prints, as wells as a limited number of monoprints.
All pledges receive a postcard. Any donation over 20.00 receives an additional 4x4 inch photographic print from my instagram feed #ruralveins with a personalized message.
The class/workshop pledge includes all the supplies.
This year, I am offering a studio visit, refreshments and your choice of a work of art from my studio.
Funding Goal $3150
My funding goal is set at $300 because this is the bare minimum I need to raise to be able to realize this trip. Obviously leaving my job for a month is financially draining, so I need to stretch as far as I can toward the total residency fee.
Residency Fee $2800
This fee includes some meals, transportation from Vyt to Manhattan and covers my participation in the program.
Gas To & Fro $100
The round trip is about 720 miles and gas has been on the rise. My car gets over 30 miles to the gallon.
Food x 28 Days $150
I am taking ramen noodles, but...
I have plenty of paint and canvas, but prints, and certain mediums will still need to be purchased.
Come and see me!
I am in a couple of shows in Virginia while I am away in New York. Last chance to hang out! If you are in the Richmond area, please come to the opening of The Doodlists @ ArtSpace Gallery in Manchester opening 4/24/2015.
Risks and challenges
The itty bitty recycled books are already made and my supplies are on hand. Studio process photos and prints will created during the residency. My postcards will be ordered from the printer at the conclusion of my residency. I have set realistic goals based on my past experiences. I am ready!
I learned a lot from my last Kickstarter experience. So many of my friends supported my 1st residency that it was difficult to fulfill the rewards! Now I know.
My rewards are now tailored to ease the process of fulfillment. All the rewards are limited.
I would like to acknowledge and thank those folks who contributed last time. I am especially grateful to the following people who are still patiently awaiting their commissions:
Dave and Mary M.
Arlene and Norma Jean
Melissa C. (Your painting is ready and I need to deliver it to you.)
Anna S. B.
Thank you again! Your support and your patience means so much to me!
- (24 days)