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Invitation to present a new body of painting with the prestigious Leipzig International Art Programme at the Spinnerei Art Center
100 backers pledged $16,575 to help bring this project to life.

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NEW FUNDING GOAL: $16,000

Thanks to an amazing show of support, we hit the goal out of the water. I'm setting a new goal in order to invest more in materials and to expand the scope of the residency and exhibition. This would include more travel within Europe to expand the reach of my work and research. I also intend to produce a catalogue of Tongueless Pelicans and possibly have the exhibition travel.

For the final 5-day stretch, I've added a new $500 reward that will get you a series of 6 archival prints, 13" x 19". Let's break the 200% funding barrier!

The Spinnerei Historical photograph
The Spinnerei Historical photograph

A few hours before 2015 came knocking on my door, I received the news that I had been selected to participate in the prestigious Leipzig International Art Programme (LIA) located in a incredible old massive factory cultural complex, The Spinnerei Art Center in Leipzig, Germany. This sprawling art mecca with artist studios, galleries, and a communal art center, is revered for its concentration of remarkable painters, including Neo Rauch, Titus Schade, and Matthias Weischer. 

Spinnerei Art Center
Spinnerei Art Center

This opportunity is one I had dreamt of since graduating art school over 15 years ago, its hard to believe its so close to coming true. I will be able to engage in a dialogue and exchange with other artists and curators, and hone my craft. I will consider this as an incubation period but also as an opportunity to expand the reach of my work to a European audience - and a reconnecting with my Eastern-European self! 

LIA studio
LIA studio
photo by Mike Depasquale
photo by Mike Depasquale

I plan to develop an entirely new body of large scale paintings titled, Tongueless Pelicans, a nod to Antonio Pigafetta, an explorer who traveled with Magellan on his first voyage around the world describing some of the peculiar species he encountered. As an explorer traveling east, I hope to describe in similar fashion a visual codex of the peculiar and profane, which I plan to exhibit at the Spinnerei on September 15th for an audience of over 8000 people during the annual Rundgang, an international showcase of art in Leipzig. I hope you can come!

Unholy Bargain, 2014
Unholy Bargain, 2014

However, I won’t be able to take this professional leap without YOUR support. I am so incredibly grateful to all of you who have already been wonderfully supportive in my artistic quest and now I look to you for renewed support for this once-in-a-life time opportunity. Your help will help me to cover the following costs for a period of 4 months:

• program & housing fees
• artist & production materials
• travel expenses

THE REWARDS

As a thank you for your support, I have selected some really great rewards that will be fulfilled upon completion of the residency

PLEDGE $10 OR MORE

I'll send you a hand written thank you postcard sent from Leipzig featuring one of my popular works, and your name will appear as a supporter in the catalogue following the completion of the exhibition and residency. 

Postcard from Leipzig
Postcard from Leipzig

PLEDGE $25 OR MORE

This pledge will get you a signed 8 x 10" archival quality digital c-print of the extremely popular image, "Sisters" (метаморфоза 53) and a hand-written thank you postcard sent from Leipzig featuring one of my popular works! Your name will appear as a supporter in the catalogue following the completion of the exhibition and residency.

'Sisters' archival print reward
'Sisters' archival print reward

PLEDGE $50 OR MORE

This pledge will get you a signed large 13 x 19" archival quality ink jet print of the incredibly popular image, 'Sisters,' or your choice of another print from the extremely popular series метаморфоза,  and a hand written thank you postcard sent from Leipzig featuring one of my popular works! Your name will appear as a supporter in the catalogue following the completion of the exhibition and residency.

Your choice of an archival print from the метаморфоза series
Your choice of an archival print from the метаморфоза series

PLEDGE $100 OR MORE

This pledge will get you a signed 13 x 19" archival quality digital c-print of your choice from the extremely popular series метаморфоза,  and a copy of the 34 page catalogue, Ceremony Interrupted, with plenty of wonderful reproductions. You will receive a hand-written thank you postcard sent from Leipzig with one of my popular works and your name will appear as a supporter in the catalogue following the completion of the exhibition and residency. 

Ceremony Interrupted Catalogue
Ceremony Interrupted Catalogue
PLEDGE $250 OR MORE
For your generous donation I will send you an original autographed one of a kind original 4 x 5" drawing made during my stay in Leipzig. You will receive a hand written thank you postcard sent from Leipzig with one of my popular works, and your name will appear as a supporter in the catalogue following the completion of the exhibition and residency. 
Original Drawing made at the Spinnerei
Original Drawing made at the Spinnerei

PLEDGE $500 OR MORE

For this very generous donation you will receive an original 8x10" one of a kind full color work on paper, and a hand written thank you postcard sent from Leipzig featuring one of my popular works. and your name will appear as a supporter in the catalogue following the completion of the exhibition and residency. Thank you for believing in me.

Original color work
Original color work

PLEDGE $1000 OR MORE

Expect to get an 18x24" original painting from my residency in Leipzig, a hand written personal letter, and the upmost gratitude for believing in my artistry. Your name will appear as a supporter in the catalogue following the completion of the exhibition and residency.

Toxoplasma, 2015
Toxoplasma, 2015

PLEDGE $2000 OR MORE

A rare opportunity to become the subject of your very own painting. A 5 hour studio session where i will paint your portrait from life. Your name will appear as a founding supporter in the catalogue following the completion of the exhibition and residency.

photo by Mike Depasquale
photo by Mike Depasquale

DEAR FRIENDS, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS DREAM A REALITY!!!

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Risks and challenges

The real challenge is showing up and doing the work. Other than the postcards, certainly i will be able to fulfill all the rewards upon completion of the residency

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    For your generous donation I will send you an original one of a kind drawing made during my stay in Leipzig as well as a hand written thank you postcard featuring one of my popular works sent from Leipzig! And your name will appear as a supporter in the catalogue following the completion of the exhibition and residency. Also you will receive a copy of the Ceremony Interrupted Catalogue

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    For this very generous donation you will receive an original, small, full color work and a hand written thank you postcard featuring one of my popular works sent from Leipzig! Your name will appear as a supporter in the catalogue following the completion of the exhibition and residency. And a copy of the Ceremony Interrupted Catalogue. Thank you for believing in me.

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