Gwarlingo Sells Out…To You

Gwarlingo Sells Out…To You 2016-11-11T21:48:09+00:00

 

(Photo taken in Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, DK. by Zephyrance via Flickr Commons)

 

You’re curious. Open-minded. Creative. You’re an artist or arts lover who isn’t afraid to be challenged.

Gwarlingo, like the arts in general, is about seeing the world in a way we’ve never seen before. Whether it’s through poetry, film, visual art, music, performance, or writing, we make room for art in our lives not only to be entertained, but also to be challenged, educated, and awakened. Isn’t this the reason we make time for the arts in the first place? The real reason we buy books, travel, and attend gallery shows, movies, concert, and performances?

I started Gwarlingo because I knew that readers like yourself were perfectly capable of appreciating contemporary art, sounds, and writing that was challenging, strange, radical, and out of the mainstream. I understand that you’re busy and that your time and attention are valuable. My goal is to make every Gwarlingo email or post a highpoint in your day, no matter how stressed you are or how many tasks are piling up on your “to-do” list. Art has a way of grounding us—of reminding us of what’s really important.

Most people who have over 25,000 unique website visitors a month and a burgeoning subscriber list would turn to advertising at this point to “monetize” their site. It’s not the idea of spreading a message or selling things I object to. It’s the fact that most of this advertising space is dominated by large corporations or businesses offering “stuff.” And do we really need more unnecessary plastic objects in our lives?

Rachel Perry Welty, Spam Series: what do you really want (Rochelle, February 25, 2009, 9:05:05 AM EST), 2010. One piece of aluminum foil. 8 ½ x 120 x 1 ” (Photo courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery)

Now that Gwarlingo has thousands of devoted fans, it’s time to take the site to the next level by trying something different. This is where you come in.

Recently, while brainstorming advertising ideas for the site, it hit me…

If Gwarlingo is going “to sell out,” why not “sell out” to you? I have one of the most interesting, talented, intelligent readerships on the web. I know because I see your event announcements, your press releases, your websites and Facebook pages, and receive messages and comments from incredible individuals all over the world. Over the past year and a half, I’ve been fortunate enough to connect with so many of you online and in person. I often wish I could clone myself so I could write about and work with each and every one of you.

I may not be able to clone myself, but it IS possible for me to introduce you to each other—to offer you the Gwarlingo platform to share your work, your website, your bio, your arts organization (or to allow you to do this in honor of a friend, loved one, or cause you care about).

So today I’m officially launching the first Gwarlingo Membership Drive and offering you the opportunity to become a charter Gwarlingo Member.

And in return, I have some exciting things to give you.

Since Gwarlingo launched in June of 2011, I’ve single-handedly brought you the work of over 60 Sunday Poets, nearly 200 articles on film, visual art, books, and music, as well as insights about the barriers to the creative life based on 20 years of working with artists and arts organizations. But in order to continue providing you with quality content, I need to raise a minimum of $15,000 through this membership drive. Your collective support will allow me to offer the Complete Creative series, artist interviews and reviews, the Sunday Poem, and other great content for free with no paywalls.

Where will your money go? Watch this special video I’ve made just for the occasion to find out. And please take a minute to check out the limited-edition artwork, prints, books, and other cool rewards I have to offer.

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Check Out the Limited-Edition, Art, Photographs, Books, and More That Are Included with Your Membership…

I’ve worked hard to assemble a unique mix of rewards for my Kickstarter-esque campaign and to offer something for everyone, regardless of your donor level. Giving to Gwarlingo is a win/win. Not only will you have the chance to share your own work (or pay tribute to someone else) through the Member Page, you will be supporting some of the artists whose work I love and have featured on the website, while also acquiring a unique piece of artwork priced well below market value. How can you lose?

You can scroll through all of the cool rewards available to Gwarlingo Members below. Rewards are extremely limited, and many are one-of-a-kind, so don’t wait. (To see the rewards in a handy, interactive, easy-to-read grid format, click here.)

In gratitude for your support, here is what I would like to offer you in return…

 

 

$5 Donation Level


Every little bit makes a difference. Yes. Even $5. Though there are no fancy rewards for $5 donations, you’ll get back what you give. Click the “Add to Cart” button to make a $5 donation.

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$25 Donation Level


In 2013 I’ll be organizing some special events, workshops, and parties for Gwarlingo readers. A $25 Membership assures that you receive advance notice for all Gwarlingo events.

Par-TAY anyone?! Click “Add to Cart” to donate $25:

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$50 Membership Level

Includes Interactive Member Profile on Gwarlingo

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Donate $50 or more and become a Gwarlingo Member. Once you’re a member, your name, profile, website, photo, art, etc. will be featured on the interactive Gwarlingo Members page for one year. You can also donate in honor of a friend, loved one, or favorite arts or non-profit organization. You’ll also receive priority notice for special Gwarlingo events, parties, retreats, and workshops.

This is not just some name on a list. This is a fully interactive, visually compelling membership profile that includes links to your website, Facebook page, Twitter account, etc.

Once you have made your donation, you will have the chance to complete a short online profile that includes your bio, blurb, honorary message, links, and a photo of your choice. It can be a photo of you, your art work, a book cover, or an image that represents your organization. The possibilities are endless.

Do it for yourself. Do it for a friend, loved one, or an institution that has made a difference in your life.

Yes, Facebook and Twitter are great, but I love the idea of seeing Gwarlingo’s community of readers and supporters in one place, and giving you the chance to meet one another through one, easy-to-use, interactive page. It’s a win/win: showcase your own work and make some new connections in the process.

Here’s a sample of what the Gwarlingo Membership Page will look like or you can check it out live here.

 

 

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$100 Membership Level

Includes Member Profile + Artist Book by Rachel Perry Welty

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For a $100 donation, you (or a designated individual or organization) will be featured on the Gwarlingo Supporter page (as described in the $50 level).

Ten lucky $100 donors will receive a signed copy of Rachel Perry Welty’s artist book 24/7 (shown here).

Rachel Perry Welty was born in Tokyo, Japan, and graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 1999 with a Diploma and Fifth Year Certificate in 2001. In 2006 she was a finalist for the Foster Prize competition at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Rachel has had solo exhibitions at the deCordova Museum (Lincoln, Massachusetts) and the Zimmerli Art Museum (New Jersey). Her work has been in international group shows at Kunstmuseum Bonn (Germany), the Taiwan Museum of Art, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Her work is held in the permanent collection of several museums, including the ICA in Boston.

In December 2011, Rachel’s work was featured in a multi-page photographic essay in Vogue magazine. She is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. You can read more about her work in my exclusive feature.

 

 

Rachel Perry Welty’s catalog and artist book 24/7 (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)

 

 

This limited-edition book is available to only ten $100 donors (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)

 

 

Rachel Perry Welty’s 24/7 (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)

 

 

The attentive reader will find hidden surprises in the artist book and catalog 24/7, which was designed by Rachel Perry Welty and Anita Meyer. This photograph provides a clue. (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)

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$100 Membership Level

Includes Member Profile + Limited-Edition Book by Artist Margaret Lanzetta

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For a $100 donation, you (or a designated individual or organization) will be featured on the Gwarlingo Supporter page (as described in the $50 level).

Nine lucky $100 donors will receive a signed copy of Margaret Lanzetta’s book, Pet the Pretty Tiger–a gorgeous color catalog that features the artist’s work from 1990-2010 and contains essays by John Yau, Judy Halebsky and curator Carol Schwarzman (shown here). The 87-page book is paperback and measures 8.5 x 10.5 inches.

Lanzetta’s work draws inspiration from nature, Islamic architecture, Buddhism, and sixties’s pop. New York art critic and poet John Yau writes…

In Margaret Lanzetta’s bold, graphic paintings, the artist weaves, jams together and recombines patterns and shadow images in order to understand their often-unacknowledged presence in our lives. We see them, but do not notice them…

I would characterize this as one of Lanzetta’s strengths—she can turn a familiar image strange, as well as transform what is perceived as elegant and decorative into something cold and threatening…In contrast to Bridget Riley and other artists involved with op art, Lanzetta recognizes that there is no pure state of seeing; everything is inflected by culture and history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lanzetta has been a Fulbright Fellow in Syria and India. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, Ucross, and The MacDowell Colony. Her work is in many personal collections, as well as in the collections of MoMA in New York; the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; and the Fogg Museum, among others. She has had solo shows at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York; Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, and the French Institute Gallery and Le Cube Gallery, both in Morocco.

You can read more about Margaret’s work in my Gwarlingo feature or on her website.

I’m also offering a limited edition print by Margaret at the $250 level below (the first three donors at the $250 level also receive the catalog).

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$100 Membership Level

Includes Interactive Profile + Signed Copy of Cindy Kleine’s New Documentary about André Gregory, Before and After Dinner

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Most people would have balked at receiving word that their father was potentially a Nazi collaborator, but in André Gregory’s case, the disturbing revelation, while unexpected, was not unbelievable. The quest to confirm or disprove this shocking story would become the centerpiece of Cindy Kleine’s new documentary, Before and After Dinner.

Filmmaker Cindy Kleine and theatre director and actor Andre Gregory

You probably know André Gregory through his critically acclaimed film My Dinner with André (or, from the other end of the film spectrum, as the warden who has his eye gouged out by Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man). Gregory is revered as a master storyteller, an influential teacher, and as a visionary director who believes that the role of theatre is to awaken the audience and make them question themselves and the world around them (no small goal).

This film is a must-see for artists interested in the creative process and for anyone who works in the theatre or with actors. Before and After Dinner is about how and why artists create. Where does art come from? What experiences ultimately shape the life, the preoccupations, and the work of an artist? Before and After Dinner is also the story of the happy marriage between Kleine and Gregory (a real rarity in cinema).

The DVD will be released commercially next fall (2013) and will be mailed to you then. Your collector’s copy will be signed by both the filmmaker, Cindy Kleine, and André Gregory himself. For a $100 donation, you (or a designated individual or organization) will also be featured on the Gwarlingo Member Page (as described in the $50 level).

You can watch the trailer for the film and read more about Andre Gregory and Cindy Kleine’s new film in my in-depth review.

 

Gregory’s friend and collaborator, Wally Shawn (on left) and Andre Gregory (as seen in My Dinner With Andre (bottom right)

 

 

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$250 Membership Level

Includes Member Profile + a Limited Edition Print by Margaret Lanzetta

(Limited to 10 donors. 9 of 10 remaining.)

 

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(Photo: Margaret Lanzetta by Omar Chennafi)

For a $250 donation, you (or a designated individual or organization) will be featured on the Gwarlingo Member page (as described in the $50 level). The first ten donors at the $250 level will also receive this limited-edition, archival print by New York-based artist Margaret Lanzetta. NH7 South (from the National Highways series) is printed on archival paper.

The image is 16 x 16 inches and the paper size is 24 x 24 inches. Each print is individually signed and numbered. (And as an added bonus, the first THREE donors at the $250 level will also receive a signed copy of Margaret Lanzetta’s catalog, Pet the Pretty Tiger–a gorgeous color catalog that features the artist’s work from 1990-2010 and contains essays by John Yau, Judy Halebsky and curator Carol Schwarzman.)

Lanzetta’s work draws inspiration from nature, Islamic architecture, Buddhism, and sixties’s pop. New York art critic and poet John Yau writes…

In Margaret Lanzetta’s bold, graphic paintings, the artist weaves, jams together and recombines patterns and shadow images in order to understand their often-unacknowledged presence in our lives. We see them, but do not notice them…

I would characterize this as one of Lanzetta’s strengths—she can turn a familiar image strange, as well as transform what is perceived as elegant and decorative into something cold and threatening…In contrast to Bridget Riley and other artists involved with op art, Lanzetta recognizes that there is no pure state of seeing; everything is inflected by culture and history.

This special-edition print, available only to Gwarlingo readers, is titled NH7 South and is part of Lanzetta’s National Highways series, which uses “slices” of maps to reference metaphoric and directional travel. The entire series is painted with two different silkscreens, screened repeatedly with variables, shifts, and physical repetition. The works in the series are titled after actual highways in various countries. Our place in the world is both established and questioned.

“Lanzetta’s titles reference national highways, but her use of numbers ‘frames’ both the abstract and the spiritual,” says poet Susan Briante. “Line after line of color offer ‘a mantra like’ practice of repetition (to quote Lanzetta) more than industrial reproductive precision. The lines repeat, but the paint stutters and fades. The handiwork shows in the canvases.”

 

Margaret Lanzetta, NH7 South (from the National Highways series), 2011. Print on archival paper. 16″ x 16″ image size, 24″ x 24″ paper size. Each print individually signed and numbered. (Available to only ten $250 donors)

 

 

Each archival print of NH7 South is numbered and signed by Margaret Lanzetta (as shown above and below).

 

 

 

 

And as an added bonus, the first THREE donors at the $250 level will also receive a signed copy of Margaret Lanzetta’s catalog, Pet the Pretty Tiger–a gorgeous color catalog that features the artists work from 1990-2010 and contains essays by John Yau, Judy Halebsky and curator Carol Schwarzman.)

Lanzetta has been a Fulbright Fellow in Syria and India. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, Ucross, and The MacDowell Colony. Her work is in many personal collections, as well as in the collections of MoMA in New York; the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; and the Fogg Museum, among others. She has had solo shows at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York; Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, and the French Institute Gallery and Le Cube Gallery, both in Morocco.

You can read more about Margaret’s work in my Gwarlingo feature or on her website.

Click “Add to Cart” to become a Gwarlingo Member at the $250 level and to receive Margaret Lanzetta’s special-edition print (Limited to 10 donors):

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$300 Membership Level

Includes Member Profile + a Personalized 75-Minute Complete Creative Intensive with Michelle via Skype or Phone

(Limited to 10 donors. 7 of 10 remaining)

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In 13 years working for an artist residency program, I’ve seen it all. I understand both the psychological and practical barriers to creating your best work. Fear, doubt, financial worries, procrastination, the distraction of technology, presenting yourself online and on applications, creating an engaged community—these are just a few of the challenges you face in any creative field.

A Complete Creative Intensive is a great way to jump-start a lagging project and create a viable action-plan for reaching your creative goals. You’ll have an opportunity to tell me more about yourself, your current challenges, and your creative goals. I’ll study your application, your website, your work, etc. and schedule a date for our meeting. During our conversation, I’ll ask questions and help you create a concrete, action-oriented plan for taking your creative work to the next level. You’ll receive a recording of our session so you can refer back to it and implement the strategy over the coming months.

If you want to know more about my approach, check out these popular Gwarlingo articles.

Note: Complete Creative Intensives will be scheduled for the beginning of 2013.

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$500 Membership Level

Includes Member Profile + Limited Edition Photograph by Barry Underwood

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Barry Underwood and Sophie

For a $500 donation, you (or a designated individual or organization) will be featured on the Gwarlingo Member Page (as described in the $50 level). The first ten $500 donors will also receive a special-edition print by Barry Underwood.

While photographers like Edward Burtynsky, Robert Adams, and Joe Deal have produced straightforward documentary images of environmental damage, Underwood’s unique combination of photography and site-specific installation art represents a highly original, 21st-century approach to the tradition of landscape photography.

Underwood re-imagines an ordinary landscape in the same way a brilliant cinematographer or set designer can turn an everyday moment into a memorable, visual experience. (Think Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Richard Long meets Ansel Adams.)

Inspired by land art, cinema, and landscape painting, Underwood’s photographs are both surreal and familiar. His landscapes emit an eerie, alien beauty, but it’s impossible to know if these strange scenes are the result of some natural phenomenon or, instead, the result of some terrible environmental disaster caused by humans.

Many of Underwood’s installations are created at artist residency programs, such as Banff, The MacDowell Colony, and Headlands Center for the Arts. This particular installation was created and photographed at The MacDowell Colony. Barry is offering a special, Gwarlingo edition of MacDowell (Theatre). Ten archival pigment prints will be available to the first $500 donors (well below market value). This unframed photograph (seen below) is printed on 17″ x 22″ FineArt Baryta paper. The actual image is 16″ x 20.25″. This is a limited-edition print available only to Gwarlingo supporters.

 

 

 

It is easy to appreciate Underwood’s images for themselves–for the interplay between light and shadow, for their remarkable detail and color saturation, and compelling composition. None of the lighting effects you see in Underwood’s images are produced in Photoshop. Instead, the artist fashions these scenes by intuitively reading the landscape and altering a site through LED lights, luminescent material, and other photographic effects.

The color film is exposed for 15 minutes to five hours, depending upon the result Underwood wants to achieve. Each photograph is a sort of dialogue-–the result of Underwood’s direct encounter with nature.

Many of Underwood’s installations are created at artist residency programs, such as Banff, The MacDowell Colony, and Headlands Center for the Arts. This particular installation was created and photographed at The MacDowell Colony.

In 2011 Underwood was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland and the Akron Art Museum among others. He is represented by Johansson Projects, Oakland, California, and 1point618 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Underwood’s photographs have also been published in Juxtapoz Magazine, Photo +, London Times, Speak Magazine, Born Journal, and Mary Kohl’s Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds: Built Environments of Vernacular Artists from Chronicle Books (2007).

The artist currently teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he is head of the department of film, video and photographic arts.

You can see more photographs by Barry Underwood in this Gwarlingo feature and on Barry’s website.

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$500 Membership Level

Includes Member Profile + Collage by New York Artist Matthew Northridge

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Artist Matthew Northridge in his studio

For a $500 donation, you (or a designated individual or organization) will be featured on the Gwarlingo Supporter page (as described in the $50 level). You will also receive this one-of-a-kind, 8″ x 10″ collage by Matthew Northridge titled The World We Live In, No.194, courtesy of the artist and Kansas Gallery in New York City.

Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Northridge transforms paper like no other artist I know. Equally playful and orderly, his obsessive, detailed collages and constructions, composed of cultural ephemera, will change the way you see space and landscape.

Named after a popular 1950’s reference book published by Time Life, The World We Live In collage series currently numbers over 200 pieces and uses found images, photography, text, drawing, and collage. As Adam Thompson observes in Art Papers, “this collage series allows for a wide range of formal play…An overaching ‘idea’ is discernible — man’s geometric, structural contrivances pitted against ‘the natural.’ The wonderful thing about Northridge’s manipulations of old images is that he does not ironize his source material. He clearly possesses a genuine, geeky love for the printed ephemera. As a result, these images remain resolutely themselves even as they are pressed into conceptual, diagrammatic, or cartographic service. Northridge seems to value the mundantities beneath his fingertips at least as much as the profundities to which they gesture.”

The World We Live In, No.194, which will be sent to one lucky $500 donor, has a dream-like quality. Its layers bear the patina of time and far-off places; it explore the allusive connections between space, time, and memory. The unframed 10” x 8” work depicts an arresting landscape that is both natural and man-made. In The World We Live In, No.194 real and imaginary landscapes come together in a unique form that only Northridge could envision.

Matt earned an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. He has had solo exhibitions at Kansas Gallery in Manhattan, Gorney Bravin + Lee in New York, and Western Exhibitions in Chicago. His work has been seen in such venues as the Brooklyn Museum, New York; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, among many others. He has also received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and other residency programs and been featured in publications such as Art in America, Artforum, and Art Papers.

 

Matthew Northridge, The World We Live In, No.194, 2012. Archive of collected material: collage/drawing/chosen images/photography approx. 8″ × 10″ (Click to Enlarge. Photo courtesy of the artist & Kansas Gallery)

 

Northridge is now represented by Kansas Gallery in New York City. His 2011 solo show at Kansas, which featured The World We Live In and other artwork, was chosen as a Critic’s Pick by Artforum magazine and as a “Pick of the Week” by me here at Gwarlingo. (Can you tell that I’m an enthusiastic fan?!)

This is art that improves upon closer examination–art that reveals itself slowly without ever relinquishing all of its mysteries, while also pushing the boundaries of collage as an art form.

Sorry but only one collage is available through Gwarlingo. Once it’s gone, you’ll have to contact Kansas Gallery directly to purchase art by Matthew Northridge.

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$600 Membership Level

Includes Member Profile + Print and 3 Signed Monographs by Photographer Bill Jacobson

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Jacobson’s blurry black-and-white images, which he has described as an “ongoing meditation around desire, loss, and the role of photography as a vehicle for remembrance,” offer hazy apparitions, stand-ins for our own lost acquaintances, friends, and lovers. (Shown here: Jacobson’s first book)

For a $600 donation, you (or a designated individual or organization) will be featured on the Gwarlingo Supporter page (as described in the $50 level). You will also receive this 15″ x 12″ special-edition print of Place (Series) #423 (shown below). In addition to the print, you will receive signed copies of Jacobson’s three exquisite monographs (also pictured here). They are a must-have for any photography collector, capturing the range of his work from 1989 through 2005.

Bill Jacobson first gained recognition in the 1990s with his critically acclaimed out-of-focus photographs. His blurred figures and landscapes address the futility of capturing true human likeness in both portraiture and memory.

Jacobson (b. Norwich, Connecticut, 1955) received a BFA from Brown University in 1977 and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1981. Since 2009, he has been exploring a new body of work titled Place (Series). They are minimal still-lives, and are the result of placing rectangles of various sizes in a variety of both man-made and natural settings. They suggest both a variety of architectures and the contradictions between architecture and nature. Inherent in this work is the dialogue between the ‘abstract’ and the ‘real’, an idea similarly present in his earlier, out-of-focus images. There are also notions of the infinite, echoing the very white and very dark portraits Jacobson began twenty years ago.

Jacobson has had solo shows throughout the United States and Europe. His work has been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Guggenheim Museum; the Whitney Museum; the Brooklyn Museum; the George Eastman House, and many others. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Aaron Siskind Foundation. Residencies include Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, and upcoming next summer, Civitella Ranieri in Italy. (You can see Bill’s full CV here)

 

 

Bill Jacobson, Place (Series) #423, 2010 pigment print on Epson Ultrasmooth paper, 15 x 12″

 

 

A signed copy of Bill Jacobson’s second monograph (shown here) is included with your $600 donation, along with Jacobson’s other two books and a special-edition print.

 

 

According to Jacobson the title of his third book “refers the idea that we live in a highly constructed world. The world is just that, a series of human decisions, one layered upon another over time. We move constantly from one fabricated arena to another.” The book also includes an in-depth interview between the artist and Ian Berry, curator at the Tang Museum in Saratoga, New York.

 

Bill Jacboson is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in New York City, Robert Klein Gallery in Boston, and James Kelly Contemporary in Sante Fe. You can see more images of Bill Jacobson’s work in my Gwarlingo feature or on his website.

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$1000 Membership Level

Includes Member Profile + a Fruit-Sticker Drawing by Rachel Perry Welty

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Rachel Perry Welty in her home near Gloucester, Massachusetts (Photo by Hornick/Rivlin)

Rachel Perry Welty’s awe-inspiring, fruit-sticker drawings combine a minimalist style with Rachel’s novel use of everyday materials. (I think of her colorful artwork each and every time I pull a sticker off a piece of fruit.)

One lucky $1000 donor will receive an unframed, one-of-a-kind drawing by Rachel Perry Welty at a below-market-value price. In person, these drawings are both playful and weightless. Though your own drawing will be unique and differ from the 2009 drawing shown here, these images of Sin and Paradise, will give you some sense of how brilliantly Welty transforms commonplace, everyday items (like fruit stickers) into memorable pieces of art.

 

 

Though your own drawing will be unique and look different fromSin and Paradise (shown here), this photo gives you some sense of how brilliantly Rachel Perry Welty transforms everyday materials into memorable art. Rachel Perry Welty, Sin and Paradise, 2009. Fruit stickers and archival adhesive on paper. (Photo by Clements Howcroft, Boston courtesy the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York)

 

 

This detail of Rachel Perry Welty’s Sin and Paradise, 2009 is for reference only. Your own own drawing will differ from the image shown here. (Photo by Clements Howcroft, Boston courtesy the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York)

 

You can read more about Rachel and her work above under the $100 Membership Level. You can also see my in-depth article and photo essay on Rachel here.

Sorry but once this special drawing is snapped up, you’ll have to contact the Yancey Richardson Gallery to purchase Rachel Perry Welty’s artwork.

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$2500 Membership Level

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Become a member at the $2500 level, and I’ll bring all of the lessons I’ve learned from 20 years working with artists and arts organizations directly to you through a Complete Creative Workshop for your business, organization, school, or friends.

I love connecting with readers, artists, and creative types in person. I recently worked with the fine folks at the Milk* ad agency in Norwalk, Connecticut, and it reminded me how critical it is to talk and engage with clients face-to-face.

At the $2500 level I’ll bring all of the lessons I’ve learned from 20 years working with artists and arts organizations directly to you through a Complete Creative presentation with your organization, school, or business.

Limitation and play are two essential ingredients for any creative individual or organization. I’ll show you examples of cutting-edge contemporary artwork that embraces these concepts and discuss how these ideas can be applied to your own art practice or organization. There will also be discussion and short exercises to help you apply these methods to your own situation.

Here’s a sneak-preview of my workshop on “Creativity and Play”…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s a sneak-peak at my workshop on “Creativity and Limitation”…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that this reward is limited to the New England/New York area unless special arrangements are made.

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$5000 Membership Level

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For $5000 you’ll have a one-of-a-kind experience: a studio visit and afternoon tea (or cocktails) with artist and MacArthur recipient Anna Schuleit and myself in Anna’s studio. (You can choose between her studio in DUMBO, New York, or in Harrisville, New Hampshire.)

During your visit, you’ll have an opportunity to choose an original drawing or print by Anna. Anna will also give you signed copies of her catalogs, including the Bloom project and her painting show Two People Ago.

My studio visit and interview with Anna remains a Gwarlingo favorite, and a version of the photo essay and interview has just been published in RISD XYZ magazine.

“I’m inspired by hand-writing, graffiti, calligraphy, home-made maps: any direct trace of the human hand,” says Anna. “I like to look at chalkboards and sandwich signs placed on the street outside cafés and bars. Hand-written menus or notes are to me, by now, an anachronistic form of risk-taking. Not a big risk, admittedly, but one that stirs something in me. The paintings I’m interested in have nothing to do with the world of ideas. I want them to remain rich in stuff, in shapes, in textures, but doggedly story-less.”

 

For $5000 you’ll have a one-of-a-kind experience: a studio visit and afternoon tea (or cocktails) with artist and MacArthur recipient Anna Schuleit and myself in Anna’s studio in either DUMBO (shown here) or in Harrisville, New Hampshire (shown below). (Photo by Anna Schuleit)

 

 

Anna Schuleit’s studio in Harrisville, New Hampshire (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)

 

 

Anna Schuleit’s 2003 project Bloom at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. The flowers, in part, represent all of the bouquets that the center’s patients never received from visitors over the building’s long history.

 

Anna has appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and NPR’s Morning Edition, among other places, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Colossal, etc. She has been a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco, Blue Mountain Center, The Hermitage, Yaddo, Banff, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. In 2006 she was named a MacArthur Fellow.

Anna’s early, large-scale installations included Habeas Corpus (2000), in which she brought the former Northampton State Hospital to life with the music of J.S. Bach, and Bloom (2003), where she filled the Massachusetts Mental Health Center with 28,000 blooming flowers and 5,600 square feet of live sod (the project was recently featured in The New York Times). In 2010-11 she was the visiting artist at UMass Amherst and completed Just a Rumor, a site-specific project involving a face, a pond, and wild ducks. Most recently she was invited to be the visiting artist at the Eastman School of Music, creating a project together with four young composers, Room for Five, which premiered in the 2012 Benson Forum on Creativity.

Enjoy a unique studio visit with refreshments, art, and good conversation with Anna and myself in either New York or New Hampshire, the choice is yours. (Please note that travel and accommodation are not included.)

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But perhaps you aren’t looking for a reward. Perhaps you simply want to donate an amount of your choice and receive nothing in return. Wow. Let me get my special halo-polish ready. You’re amazing. This membership option lets you choose the amount you’d like to donate. If you give $50 or more, you’ll still have the option to complete a membership profile for yourself (or in honor of someone else), though completing the profile isn’t required if you prefer to remain anonymous.

Get ready because some serious high-test karma is coming your way!

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A big thank you to all of the participating artists who donated or make work available to Gwarlingo. I’m excited about the caliber of rewards I’m able to offer you in return for membership. I don’t think you can lose. You’re supporting Gwarlingo, but also supporting other artists and yourself in the process. That’s what this site is all about.

This holiday, why not give art?

Thanks for reading and for your all of your support.

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