Thank you to all who have helped me reach $4,000! This was the minimum I needed for the project to move forward.
My new goal is to continue toward the total cost of $6,000. This will allow me to refine structural elements of the installation, as well as promote and document the piece at a more professional level.
Thanks for taking the time to watch my video and visit my page. I am really excited about this project!
Please make a pledge or help spread the word about my project! Every bit that continues to come in will help me reach a higher level of realization.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see images, or links to images, of my rewards.
To see more of my art visit www.sophiadillo.com. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.
People often ask me how in the world I came up with this idea... Well, one day I was at the Denver Art Museum and there was a work of art that was hanging from fishing line. I looked up above the piece and noticed the light refracting on the fishing line itself. I thought that I should do something with this!
I designed a model for an installation that would line the four walls of a gallery with fishing line and create free-standing forms that people could walk through. I told my father, who is an artist, about the idea and he thought I was crazy! I told my husband about the idea, and he said, "Do it!" With the help of about 10 people, I worked non-stop for about three weeks. In the end, the 13'x20'x8' gallery was strung with 27 miles of delicate 4 lb test fishing line.
My father was right: I was crazy! This was the most ambitious artwork I had made to date. I learned so much along the way. In particular, I found that sharing this quiet, meditative activity of stringing the line with others was incredibly satisfying, which was then followed by even more satisfaction in sharing the final product with others. I have been making Forming Light installations since 2007 and it has been a pure joy each time.
What I now know...
These site-responsive installations are a lot of hard work and they are well worth it. I now know that I can always rely on the unknown to happen. Every installation is responding directly to the architecture, the beauty and restrictions, of a given space. Each time it is different to install a piece. Sometimes structures need to be rebuilt in the last minute, sometimes the design needs to shift and change from what I anticipated at the planning stage.
The immediacy of this process is what makes the art alive for me.
Why do I do it?
A number of reasons: 1) Making art makes me really happy! 2) Our lives are so busy with computers, cars, cell phones; we are constantly in motion. These works are meant to create a repose in the midst of our busy lives, to create a space that encourages people to slow down and come into contact with their bodies and their senses. 3) I make these works for you! They are, essentially, public art. They are not pieces that I can sell or move to another location (although I do transform them into other types of art... see rewards). I love to share my work with others.
So, this is why I need your help! I can't afford to fund these works on my own.
Why this much funding?
Materials: I have been working for the past year on refining the overall appearance of the holding structures for the installations. I am excited to have found a prefabricated structure that has the exact spacing I need for the installation. These parts will save me a lot of time in the future, but they also cost more money. I am also refining the methods of attaching the structures to the steel beams in the gallery (for this installation). Along with general material costs (wood, screws, aluminum stripping, hooks, paint, fishing line, etc.), I also need to have funds reserved for last minute adjustments during the installation process.
Labor: This is intensive work, and I need to be able to hire people who can be present for the duration of the installation process. Since I can't do the work alone, I need to ensure that I have reliable, hard-working assistants.
Travel: This will help cover the costs of travel from Crestone to Denver during the exhibit, as well as the commute to and from my accommodations during the installation process.
Promotion: I am an emerging artist, and I need your help to get my work out into the world! The Ice Cube Gallery has been acclaimed as one of the most beautiful gallery spaces in Denver - and it really is. I received positive attention for my exhibition last year, and I want to keep up that momentum. The more I can spread the word, the better! Since the Ice Cube Gallery is a cooperative, I have to cover all the promotional and gallery related costs, such as the opening reception, on my own.
Below are some example images of rewards. To see larger images please contact me or check out the Kickstarter Rewards Set on my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophiadillo/sets/72157626617811232/
"Postcard of the Day" - You never know what an artist will come up with that day... accompanied by a personal thank you note.
Screensaver Image Examples - These are examples of photos that will be used in the screensaver. I took these images during and after deinstallation of a Forming Light Installation.
Light refracting on fishing line
Mass of blue line
Fishing Line Creature - Here is one of my "cuddly" types. They are lots of fun! Put it on your desk... or take it to bed...
Shower Curtain - These are two photos showing the shower curtain in natural light, lit from behind by the window in the shower. These have a quality like my Light Works, in that they create reflection and shadow between the layers to create a great addition to the bathroom! Don't worry, the paint becomes permanent when it hits the vinyl, and it sits between the vinyl and the frosty curtain.
Detail of Pattern
Boxes - To see images go to: http://www.sophiadillo.com/2/GalleryMain.asp?GalleryID=90172&AKey=JLB3KNWB .To see more angles and details of the pieces send me a message.
Unframed Light Works - To see large images go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophiadillo/sets/72157626617811232/, or send me a message.
- Crinkled Form II 30"x22" unframed Paper, plastic with paint, Mylar
- Scratched Form 30"x22" unframed Paper, plastic with paint, masking tape, Mylar
- Stamped Ovals III 30"x22" unframed Paper, vellum, vinyl with paint, Mylar (Note: The purplish-blue tint is not part of this piece, it is part of the difficulty of photographing white on white! It's a beautiful piece. Ask to see larger image/details.)
- Stamped Oval IV 30"x22" unframed Paper, vinyl with paint, Mylar
Framed Light Works - These pieces look quite stunning in their new frames! An elegant white frame surrounds the piece which is matted on rag board, and protected with high quality Museum Glass. To see larger images go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophiadillo/sets/72157626617811232/, or send me a message.
- Crinkled Form I 38.5"x31" framed Paper, plastic with paint, masking tape, Mylar
- Crinkled Form III 41.25"x30.75" framed Paper, plastic with paint, string, masking tape, Mylar
- Crinkled Form IV 38.5"x30.75" framed Paper, plastic with paint, string, thread, masking tape, Mylar
- Crinkled Form V 38.5"x30.75"framed Paper, thread, string, masking tape, plastic with paint
- (30 days)