Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Crowdfundin' Monday (on Wednesday): The X Housewife Portraits, Cabaret Noir and Th3 Anomaly

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I don't know about you, but I got some sand in my joints over Labor Day Weekend, and I've been a little on the slow side. Now that I've shaken it all out, it's time for another look at what kinds of projects middle Tennessean creatives are working to get off the ground. This week, we've got a top-shelf photographer ready to bring her conceptual series into the physical world, a multimedia revue looking for a little help with their next production and an artist who wants you to step inside his world — literally.

Know of another cool project we're missing out on? Tell us in the comments. But first:


Whether you consider selfie-taking a benign token of the zeitgeist or a narcissistic sign of the apocalypse, I'll bet you've never seen anything quite like the series taken by local photographer Kit Kite. As explained in the above video by her marionette stand-in, her project began as a bunch of staged selfies "invaded" by household objects, expanding into a unique investigation of ideas about the cult of domesticity and self-concept, spread across over 400 images and a film called Object X, which she screened for the first time back in July. Kite also put together a suite of 10 installment portraits shot in a studio — a sort of distillation of the whole project which she wants to turn into a gallery show. That's where you come in: Pledge toward the cost of 48-inch-by-32-inch gelatin silver prints, and get your own piece of the project to add to your own private art collection.

The Cabaret Noir team is preparing for another multimedia extravaganza at Exit/In on October 18, with a full spread of musicians, aerial acrobats, bellydancers, visual artists and more. In return for chipping in on their production costs, they're offering albums, bellydance lessons, and VIP tickets. The campaign also includes links to check out the performers; that list includes A BUNCH of dancers, so if you've ever been curious about that, chances are they can point you in the right direction.

In recent decades, graphic novels have become legitimized as literature (not that superhero comics or even the Sunday funnies can't be insightful and moving, but that's another story). Illustrator David Landry, a resident artist at abrasiveMedia, is working on an even more immersive take on the concept: Th3 Anomaly, a sci-fi graphic novel blown up to gallery size and pulled into the three dimensions. Besides creating props and costumes for actors to model, he's already completed 200 of the planned 300 (!!!) canvas panels that tell the story, investing some 7,500 hours so far. Read completed chapters of the book, and if you like what you read, pledge to receive prints, original artwork or free admission to the show when it appears next year.

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