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Poking fun at society's relationship with cheap, mass-produced food, Tony Reans finds his way to the Longview Museum of Fine Arts.
Poking fun at society's relationship with cheap, mass-produced food, Tony Reans finds his way to the Longview Museum of Fine Arts.
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Being a Pop Artist, I enjoy poking lighthearted fun at America's dependence upon and wacky relationship with, mass-produced, mass-marketed food. It's usually crummy and bland, and bad for you, but we keep eating the junk anyway. 'Cause that's America. That's what we do.

I love using bright, bold, in-your-face cartoons and comics on, as you can see, canvases that trend to the larger dimensions. I add collages made up of food packaging, which brings the "real world" into the work.

I'm happy to say that I've been accepted into a group exhibition at a major East Texas museum, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts! The exhibition is the East Texas Regional Artists 2011 show. It runs from July 9th to August 27th.

I'm sending eight paintings, and they range in size from three feet to five feet square, in both cartoon and comic book styles. The comics are a semi-autobiographical self portrait series, and the cartoons are of American food favorites. These are two variations on a theme.

I don't think the museum has ever shown work exactly like this, and it's my hope that I'm bringing something truly unique and innovative to them.

Well, obviously, these large canvases are not cheap. I stretch them myself to save money, but even the raw materials can get pricey. My primary needs for this exhibit are stretcher bars, canvas and paint, and I also purchase the collage source materials. In the case of food items, that means I go out and buy food, and use the packaging in my art, though sometimes I also enlist the help of friends and family to collect the packaging.

I've thought a great deal about your pledge rewards, and put a lot of care into finding something of value for you. Everyone who donates will of course be invited to the private reception as my guests, and even the entry level pledge reward is a god one, I think: the postcards. They may seem modest at first glance, but actually account for a large portion of the project. I'll be creating ten new pieces of art for them, and they'll be a limited edition, never to be used again.

Ten limited edition, signed, numbered cards is not bad for twenty bucks. They're at that pledge level because this exhibit means so much to me, and I appreciate your taking part in making it happen. At the higher range of donations, I'll even create a comic book character of you and put you in a painting! So that's pretty cool.

By the way, the paintings will sell for $1500-$2500, so that's an option, of course!

Thank you!

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    My thanks and an invitation to the private reception in July. I'll keep you posted on the details, and your name will be on the guest list.

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    Same as above, plus THREE signed and numbered, limited edition, original art postcards, created just for this project.

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    Same as above, plus you'll get seven more postcards, for a total of TEN, signed and numbered, limited edition, original art postcards, created just for this project. I'll make both digital images and hand-illustrated pieces, some with collage and some without. They'll speak of America's relationship with a variety of icky-poo-nasty foods, like "gut bomb" burgers, mystery meat hot dogs, and sugar-in-a-cup soft drinks.

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    Same as above, plus digital images of each of the ten postcard art pieces, perfect for use as computer desktop images (1280 x 800 pixels). These digital images are yours to do with as you please, so you can post them, print them, share them or even wear them.

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    All of the above, plus an unframed 12"x18" print of one of the postcard art pieces of your choice. I'll take any one of the images I create for the postcards, and have it enlarged and professionally printed at 12"x18," the perfect size for portability in your crazy-cool fast-paced secret agent lifestyle.

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    All of the above, plus a 10"x10," 2012 wall calendar with two more original pieces created specifically for this project. Enjoy my wisdom year-round, whether you want to or not!

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    All of the above, plus an original 12"x12" commissioned painting! I'll create a one-of-a-kind piece, just for you. Whatever food you want, from candy bars to breakfast cereals, to TV dinners, and everything in between. Just remember: it's about cheap comfort food, so try to think of your favorite one and how it makes you feel when you enjoy it. Blue Bell ice cream always makes me think of hot Texas summers in the 1970s, for example. Mmmm...

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    All of the above, plus I'll create a comic book character OF YOU and put you in a painting! This would mean we'd see YOU in a painting, through the eyes of SOMEONE ELSE, of your choosing. Your character can say anything you like in the painting, and we, the viewers, will be able to read what the other person will be thinking. Fun!

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