Wednesday, July 20, 2011

About Our Next Project...

You all have been hearing us talk about our ArtPrize Jukebox project and our Kickstarter campaign  for probably 2 months now. In about 60 days we will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan for ArtPrize 2011. This is the world's largest artprize competition with a first prize of $250,000, and the winners are chosen by the voting public. Tali and I were one of the first artists this year to secure a venue which insured us a place in this year's competition. Not all artists that register for ArtPrize are so lucky.

Our vote ArtPrize getting flier.

Our project for ArtPrize is going to be very special for everyone involved, and our ArtPrize Jukebox will invite everyone to participate and to truly be part of the art. Music always plays  a large part in the projects we do. Just like a real jukebox those that come to visit our ArtPrize venue will be able to choose the music they hear. The music they hear will be the music that we paint with.

Those that come to see us need to bring their iPod, mp3 player or CD's of their favorite music. In this way those musical choices will become part of the art as the songs inspire our paintings. The musical input will be documented so that it can be permanently displayed with the painting. The person's name that suggested the song will also be included.

Collaboration has been the basis of the work we have done together from the beginning. Collaborating with musicians is always exciting, and now we are really looking forward to having this very personal interaction with the public as we ask them to provide their favorite music as inspiration for our paintings.

We realize that not all of you will be able to be in Grand Rapids this September to visit us at ArtPrize. We have as part of our Kickstarter campaign a way for you to be involved and to have your musical choices become inspiration, no matter where you live on the planet. Kickstarter is a really fun way to be a part of the art.

We always are are pushing the envelope and we will be pushing our limits as we will be in our venue/art studio working for 12 hours a day. We will be creating between 50 and 70 paintings in this time that will be shown and exhibit during the two weeks of ArtPrize in Steepletown Center in the Westide neighborhood of Grand Rapids. come and join the fun!

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