KickstARTer: our pick of crowd-funded art projects for March 2014

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014. Filed under: Art Entertainment Online Videos
Bradon Jamison's "Sugar Metropolis" on display in Belfast, 2013 ©All rights reserved - Brendan Jamison

Bradon Jamison’s “Sugar Metropolis” on display in Belfast, 2013
©All rights reserved – Brendan Jamison

(Relaxnews) – South American conceptions of beauty, a city made out of sugar cubes, a hand-painted Van Gogh animated film and Kickstarter’s biggest art project, the Mini Museum, feature among our project picks for March.

Fine Wooden Bowls Limited Edition #6
Ends: March 9
A specialist in the creation of large wooden bowls — no easy feat — David Walsh returns for a sixth round of bowls, with another 90 to be made. Source woods include black cherry, red cedar, black walnut, redwood and manzanita burl.
Lowest physical reward tier: $30, 1 of 6 black cherry bowls, 2.75″ – 3″in diameter
Sample reward: $78, bark edge butternut bowl, 4″ diameter and 7″ high.

Pelo Malo Art Exhibit
Ends: March 12
Is curly hair beautiful, or not? Jennifer Kaplan-Ortiz’s exhibit, whose title means “bad hair,” explores culturally embedded themes of beauty and race in Puerto Rico. A successful run should cement plans to tour the London exhibit in the US and Puerto Rico.
Lowest physical reward tier: £15, customized post card, stickers, and a personalized letter.
Sample reward: £80, mystery thank you box, website credit, WIP preview, web credit, and above

Sugar Metropolis
Ends: March 14
Already successful in Northern Ireland, two artists look to create a giant community structure in Harlem’s Sugar Hill, in the Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling building. Visitors contribute to the sugar cube sculpture, helping to build it one tiny brick at a time.
Lowest physical reward tier: £10, signed printable sculpture tower schematic, exhibition and web credit
Sample reward: £100, personalized YouTube tutorial, original signed drawing plan, above rewards

‘Loving Vincent’ Film
Ends: March 15
A feature-length, oil-painted animation featuring 120 of Van Gogh’s works, and with a plot drawn from over 800 letters of correspondance. Created by Hugh Welchman, producer of 2008 Oscar winner for Best Short Animation “Peter and the Wolf.” Passing the Kickstarter goal enables BreakThru Films to pitch for full production funding.
Lowest physical reward tier: £7, three painted fridge magnets
Sample reward: £75, limited edition wall-hanging print

Butch: Not like the other girls
Ends: March 18
Questioning masculine and feminine images, Sharia Holman’s photographic exhibit was first shown as public art in Vancouver. This Kickstarter funds a coast to coast tour from Vancouver, BC to Easthampton, Massachusetts. “I’d love to see Butch travel — to New York, to San Francisco, and to all the little towns in between,” says Holman.
Lowest physical reward tier: $25, signed Butch photo postcard, website credit
Sample reward: $250, hardcopy 80pp catalog, 11″x17″ poster, postcard, website credit

Mini Museum
Ends: March 20
Resin blocks inlaid with rare specimens from the earth and beyond: meteorite shavings, dinosaur bones and eggshell, mummy wrap, Corinthian leather; even coal from the Titanic. It’s the Kickstarter art section’s new most-funded project, with a funding total of $1m well within its grasp.
Lowest physical reward tier: $20, limited edition t-shirt
Sample reward: $249, large mini museum (33 specimens)

Minimal Wes Anderson prints
Ends: March 21
All eight of Wes Anderson’s films reimagined as minimal silkscreen prints, from “The Grand Budapest Hotel” all the way back to “Rushmore” and “Bottle Rocket.”
Lowest physical reward tier: $25, screen print of your choice
Sample reward: $125, all eight prints


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