I've always wanted to make a theme park, and I have to start somewhere. My plan is to make Lookie House, a house with a face. Lookie House is a temporary art destination made out of salvaged wood. The inside will be covered with my 3D art, and the outside will be covered with photo opportunities.
I grew up mainly in Las Vegas and Southern and Central California in the 80s and 90s. I was inspired in part by Disney Land, Showbiz Pizza, Peewees Playhouse, and Vegas in the late 80's early 90's, before they tore down the Stardust and the Circus Circus still had an actual high flying circus with dancing poodles riding tricycles for the people playing at the craps tables.
When I was a kid I spent a lot of time drawing and I would put poster board up on my wall and use my fanny pack full of felt tip markers to draw islands with go-cart tracks circling bars shaped like sand castles with water slides cascading off the top. Lookie House is not that, although it comes from the same compulsion to create spaces where people can connect over unique experiences.
Specifically, Lookie house is a small house, that has a face you can walk into. Its footprint will be about 8 x10 feet. It will be open for the first couple weekends in June of 2015. It will have wood sculptures that you can interact with in the "front yard", and scenes on the outside that you can stick your head in and snap a picture with your friends. It will have a bunch of 3D paintings and a minimal of handmade furniture on the inside.
This is an opportunity for you to experience something different, to create new memories, support unconventional art and to walk into a house with a face.
BONUS: There will be select moments that you can take a picture with "the Cat".
This is your chance to support absurd positivity and positive absurdity. This is the start to your homegrown theme park. This is Lookie House, a house with a face.
I've made big sculptures, complex project, and installations before, but I'm not going to lie, this is a big one. It involves searching for property, and getting permission from the property owner, which I worked long and hard to get and have gotten. It involves insurance and other little tidbits that bore me to tears, are essential, and are in motion. It involves gathering materials and making the art which I am in the process of doing, and it involves putting it all together in a safe and entertaining way. Finally, it involves cleaning up and making sure the neighborhood looks better than I found it.
This project and the thought of making space for connecting through unique experience has been tumbling around in my head for a long time. It will happen, but I want it to be great. I need help from my fans and community. In return you will be rewarded with cool gear and original art that will be integrated into Lookie House. There are no losers here.
Thank you for reading, thank you for sharing, and thank you for your support.
Special thanks to Hilary Pfeifer, Chelsea Dungan and Birdie Dungan for help with filming.
Risks and challenges
There are a lot of details that go into making a little house and even more that go into a Kickstarter to help fund it. One of the main challenges is going to be the time it takes to package and ship all of the incentives. My hope is to get the original art out in the weeks following the last day of Lookie House. Due to production time and again shipping details, the accessory items will be shipping in late July.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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