So, now that Oranje is over, I can show you all that behind-the-scenes making-of transparency that I’m so fond of around here (they requested we keep the actual experience a surprise for the night of the show, which I approved of.) So, now that it’s over and done for this year, it’s time to catch you up. Ready? Alright, here’s how to build that authentic Zed flavor right into a show:
1. Get Some Art
Maybe, say, twenty prints from your lengthy, long-running photo series, as selected by popular vote by your fans?
2. Plan Ahead
Based on stuff I knew from going to Oranje, and asking friends who had been in, I guessed at a rough size for the booth and got to work planning what equipment I was going to need to make this all happen (estimated 15×20′.)
3. Work On More Art
Maybe, say, 2 giant 2×3′ prints of your two most popular photos. That’ll probably go over well.
4. Find Out The Truth
After the Oranje organization meeting, I knew what my actual space looked like and how big it was (actual measurements 13.5 x 15′):
5. Get To Work
Order and assemble lights. Buy lumber. Work with Dad to lay out the frames for the walls so that reassembly on site will be easier.
6. Put It All Together
Bonus points on this one if you get your friends to help you reassemble the walls, only to discover that you were too ambitious and the walls are too tall to actually exist in your space.
At this point, it might be useful to frantically saw everything down to 8′ walls, with chaos, confusion, and crankiness all ruling the day. However, after that, it should just be a matter of putting everything where the little diagrams said they go, slap on some paint, and oh, I suppose, hang some art.
If you shoot a photo and realize no one can read your signboard because it’s friggin’ dark, maybe shed some light on the subject.
And, that’s about it. How to spend $800 and two months of labor from five people in six easy steps. Repeat annually, with any luck.
Yesterday I talked about a half dozen people to see at Oranje 2011 this Saturday that I’d never talked about before. Today, I’d like to talk about another handful of people who I have.
1. Jonathan Foerster
by Jonathan Foerster
I’ve talked about Jonathan on here a couple times. And I’ll do it again because his work is just that good. Jonathan’s thing is digital work, made up of hundreds of layers in Photoshop and taking countless hours to produce. My poor laptop is shaking right now just contemplating having pieces like this produced on it. I know Jonathan through MEA, and he’s always been a reserved, soft-spoken, patient guy. You’d pretty much have to be to do what he does with pixels, I figure.
His website: http://www.atleastwedream.com/
He’s also on Twitter: @atleastwedream.
2. Kate Wagner
by Kate Wagner
The rest of these artists I’ll mention I actually know because of Oranje 2009, and it’s nice to see them coming back. Starting off, we have Kate Wagner, whose opening sentence to her artist statement makes me very happy in its bluntness:
I like to take the shitty and turn it into pretty. In art and in life.
Kate’s work impressed me the first time around, as does her work for Studio OTB running a progressive art studio for people with disabilites. I’m personally impressed most by her paintings, but she’s not a one-medium kinda gal and you’ll find her selling lampshades, jewelry, textiles, you name it.
Her website: http://www.artifolio.com/missionart/gallery
More about Outside the Box and Studio OTB here: http://www.otbonline.org/
3. Cameron Oehler
by Cameron Oehler
I first talked about Cameron back here. He’s a wood craftsman, making wood pendants as well as highly decorative but functional cutting boards. And, if you’re much of a geek at all, you’re probably already familiar with his Legend Of Zelda Triforce cutting board. And, from what I’ve seen, this year promises more of his high-quality work for your eyeballs and kitchens.
His site: http://1337motif.etsy.com/
4. Mike Altman
by Mike Altman
Mike was a favorite of mine back in 2009, but it took a while for his website to get up so I could talk about him. I’ve since seen him at various places around Indy, including Locals Only and Strange Brew. His work is always highly cartoony and whimsical, often featuring robot, ray guns, or robots with ray guns. It is bright, bold, colorful, and fun. More of it over at his website.
His website: http://mikealtman.com/
5. Stuart Sayger
by Stuart Sayger
Last up we have Stuart Sayger, who I wanted to talk about before but apparently forgot about. I’m not sure how, since my friends have two of his pieces in their living room. Stuart is a comic artist with a lot of chops. We’re talking the better end of comic art here, the sort that graces covers, cards, and limited run one-offs, not the daily grind kind of illustration work so often thought of by people. He’s also the creator of the comic Shiver In The Dark.
His website: http://www.stuartsayger.com/
And who’s that slipping in to the end of your Oranje 2011 preview over on Naptown Buzz’s blog? Why, little old Zed, it seems. Nice, and a good list of a lot of way cool people you should be going to see in addition to me.
As you might be vaguely aware, ORANJE is coming up on us in right about a month. Which I will be at. As you probably also knew already. What you don’t know already is that I want to make sure you don’t walk out of the event empty-handed. So, I’m bringing a freaking ton of art to it. Including 100 unmatted lithographs which will be priced from $10-$20 each. That was the sound of all your excuses for not buying anything at the show disappearing. There will also be a dozen or so larger lithos for $30, photographs from both of my ongoing series starting from $50 each, and paintings ranging everywhere from $80 on up to some more astronomical prices. But the point is, I’m going to be bringing a lot of stuff that’s within ease reach for the average joe to walk out with. Because I believe in helping people put art on the walls and keep art in their homes.
Well, look at that. I gots me some huge-ass prints, thanks to the generosity and general awesome nature of local photog Marc Lebryk who let me run those off his wide-format printer for my show. They took forever, but given the coolness of Marc and his lady friend, it was not an unpleasant way to spend an evening. And, now the two most popular shots from my series are ready to go at massive nearly 2×3′ sizes.
Also, if you were keen and observant back when I posted the shots of the smaller matted works last weekend, you may have noticed there were ten matted pieces in each series, not including these. That’s because due to this awesomeness here I was able to bring in an eleventh shot from each series. Cool, right? Right. Yes, right. Look, just nod, OK? Affirm my enthusiasm, here.
Those two extra pics, by the way, are these. Look at them. Bask in their glory.
Man, I think I need some sleep. More to come.
OK. The polls for my Oranje photos are now closed. The following twenty prints are the democratically elected winners (except the tenth Revival shot where there was a three-way tie, so I picked my own personal favorite.) You ready to see’em? Well, good, ’cause here they are:
OK everyone, I have an announcement to make: I’m going to be an exhibiting artist in Oranje 2011. I am, obviously, extremely excited by this.
For those of you not in the know, Oranje is a huge, annual art event here in Indianapolis. Lots of artists of all sorts, lots of musicians on multiple stages, a neat venue, and a whole lot more. I enjoyed it when I made it out to the 2009 event, and I’m completely stoked about being a part of it and not just a spectator this time.
So, I’ll be exhibiting my primary bodies of work: The Great Chicken Skull Revival, We Were Rockstars, and my oil paintings. In the next few days, I’ll be putting up a poll so you all can vote on which of the photos you’d most like to see out there on September 17th. (UPDATED- You can go vote here: place your votes)
Speak of your help, I’d like to ask one other thing of you wonderful people. The burden of creating the booth and initial prints are of course on me. So, I’m staring down a large amount of expense the next couple months during the lead-up to the event itself. So, I’m doing what any good artist throughout history would do:
Well, asking for donations, that is. Via the fine services of PayPal. And, because I always feel bad asking for handouts, I’m offering a few gifts to people generous to donate certain amounts, although even a dollar or two helps, if you can spare it.
So, yeah. Woo. I’m excited, I hope you’re excited. We’ve got a long way to go yet, and it’s going to be a fun ride along the way. If you want to be a part of it, read the bit below, click the big gray button. Make a difference. Help a Zed out.
Donate $20 or more and receive a free signed, unmounted print of any photo on my Flickr.
Donate $80 or more and receive a free signed, mounted print of any photo on my Flickr, plus a randomly selected lithograph.