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Michel Varisco is a New Orleans artist who uses photography and site specific installation to explore themes of loss and regeneration. Her current project Shifting “is a series that observes the dynamic movement of our lands over the course of a short but powerful geologic timeline and explores the consequences of human altercations to those lands and waters.” She is currently in the final three days of her fundraiser to help pay for the exhibit book and only has 10% more to go to reach her goal. Please consider donating here.

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I guess we could call our local gov’t representatives and declare we want to see more artist initiatives/support/subsidies for artists

my Mom and Dad met during the culture wars

Hello all, I am pursuing funding for a book project through USA Projects. Have a look. I will be updating on USA projects  and tumblr for those of you that have an interest. I already have good news regarding a literary contribution to the book. I will post more about this in a few days.

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Only hours left to support the Alarm Will Sound USA Projects campaign to present the John Cage Song Book. Do this. They’re a great ensemble doing interesting things.

UPDATE: We’re having a tough time making the video embed work, but you can go and watch it here.

THANKS TO MY SUPERHEROES

The Late, Late Crowd: Donors May-July 2013

Skip Snow**, Alex Juhasz, Ruti Talmor, John Walker, Benjamin Wegener, Terri Crook, Crystal Stromberg, Eric Snyder, Linda & Barrett Gross, Brenda de River*, David Licata, Joy Cutler, Dodai Stewart, Antonio Castillo, Bambi Lee Savage, Richard Feiner, Jeremy & Noel Kehoe*, Moisés Zamora, Sidney Porter, Richard Williams, Mariah Montgomery, Mark Allen, Doran George, Miguel Osuna, Jon Finck, Myrna Morales, Renee Dawson, Michael Sigman, Michelle Fields-Witherspoon, Osman Posada, Cynthia M. Reed, Jeffrey Taupier, Bert Zenner, Anna Scott*, Brody Fox, Peter Beck, George Hobica, Georgette Le Masurier, Mani Schäfer, Gina Lamb, Elijah Jenkins, Balthasar Busmann, Kristina Wong, Jeffrey Bollinger, Carsten Sinner, Gordon Smith, Barbara Becker**, Barry Shils, Reiner & Monika Busmann*, Roland Tec, Constance Hamilton Jameson, Sylvie Cogranne, Leigh Strimbeck, Andreas Loof, Roy Cohn, Annie Austin, Christine Gonzales, Caridad Kolb, Daisy Lin, Philip Littell, Ann Broderick, Ying-Aiy Hsu, Daniel Kahn, Lisa Debora Jahn, Jason Pitts-Thurm, Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, Michael Oneal, Rachel Butler-Green, Didi Eylert, Alicia Adams, Beth & Stephen Spain*, Krystal Krunch (Haruko Tanaka)*, Siri Kaur, JC Earle, Georg Roth, Diana Panara, Carsten Bauhaus, Brian Getnick, Carole Osborne, Hans Panhoff, Joe Juhasz, Tom McKenzie, Candice Lin, Doreene Hamilton, Yuval Sharon, Susan Murtha Jenkins, Peter Barg, Linda Yudin, Bob Tench, Edward Maupin, Gerhardt Haag, Allyson Field, Sheetal Gandhi, Bernd Feuchtner, Brian Bauman, David Chandler, Heiko Obermöller, Anastasia Coon, Christian Wolz, Susanne Busmann, Klaus Nierhoff, Hendrik Busmann, Anja Holzapfel, Dwight Thaggard, Bill Van Parys, Judith Hyman, Mark Kingsley, Chad Latham, Inke Lorenzen, Alide Busmann and Dieter Amick, Audrey Malone, Edgar Miramontes, Gerd Hilger, John Fleck, Matias Viegener, Michael Sakamoto, JaNelle Weatherford, Allison Wyper, Heyward Bracey, The Ebersole Hughes Company, Mary Friedel, Lara Bank, Thomas Kellogg, Raphael Xavier, Tavia Nyong’o, Mary Lou Teel, Carol Watson, Rick Park, Timur Bekbosunov, Paul McNair, Grant Barnes, Martin Walz, Bridge Markland, Duane Paul, Nishani Frazier, submarines subtitling & translations,  Mike Day, Julia Russell, Emanuel Bergmann, Jessica Emmanuel, Rich Ferguson, Sarah-Jane Norman, Heide Eylert, Michelle Williams, Nikki Appino, Ray Ford, Hildegard Schroedter, Oliver & Nicole Lindsiepe, Megan McLemore, Sandra Powers, Ian Byers-Gamber, Carol Bigelow, Mark Steven Greenfield, Regine Rachelmann, Christina Panhoff, Bryan Fahrbach, Tom Eisele, Annie Combs-Brookes, Louis Washington, Katia Portillo-Valí, Allan Walker, Armen Sanasarian, E. Patrick Johnson, Nguyễn Nguyên, Rosanna Gamson & Barnaby Levy, Nathaniel Rogers, Paola Gomez & Brian Rajski, Seema Kapur, Raquel Gutiérrez, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Mark Seldis & Katharine Noon, Rebecca Gray, Sheila Bassoppo-Moyo, C. Jerome Woods, Tommy DeFrantz, Keith Glassman, Haruka Sometani, Imke Wrede, Lacey Beers, Ayana Hampton, Jon Beaupré, Rodrigo Dorsch, Richard Kenepaske, Jörg Braun, Stuart Granoff, Stevie Burns, Elena-Beth Kaye, Anthony B. Heric & Dirk Ludigs, Laura & Silke Radosh-Hinder, Katharina Wegener, Eloise Lapidus, Tanya Ferguson, Robert Flynt, Heiko Obermöller, Roberto Ferreira, Thomas Brasuell, Jonathan Brasuell, Michael Peters, Kiffen Madden-Lunsford, Grant Moran, A Fitz, Joe Seely, David Crittendon, Alisa Yang, Angie Browne, Derek Ringold, Louisa Bradshaw, Phil Nee, Susan Silton, Caroline Kim, James Stewart, Drew Flint, Rosemary Candelario, Kathy Rasche Clabaugh, Ellis Moss, Carl Stone, Roya Carreras, Phil Stein, Harry Karp, Franc Baliton & Michael Morrissey, Andrea Denike Martinez, Heather Woodbury, Miguel Osuna, Margot Sage-El, Tom Bliss, Troy R. Poplous, Steve Hurd, Jelani Hamm*, Giavanni Washington, Crystal Lane Swift, Prumsodun Ok, Elizabeth Cline, Roy Jonathan Cobb, Amy Knoles, Dana Harris, Rowland Chen, Brady Erickson, Zachary Crook, Alexa Schulz, Dan Daly, Large Marge Sustainables***, USA Projects Open Match Fund, The Durfee Foundation Match Fund, Luskin Match Fund, The Bettie Outlaw Bond Smallwood Lanier Memorial Match Fund, The Mary S. Brasuell Memorial Match Fund, Anonymous (14)

*two-time donors  **three-time donors ***in-kind donation

Spread the Love. Receive ART.

The Changing Woman project fundraising at USA Projects needs to reach a minimum goal of $2,500 USD so we can receive all the collected funds. We need to reach out to a maximum number of people in order to spread the word and collect donations.

With this purpose, I am giving away an Art Package containing an original piece of mixed media art (“Natura #3”) and a 4,6” x 6,5" hardcover journal featuring my work “Duality". The contest will run until August 13th at 7:00pm PT. On the 14th, prior to the end of the campaign, the winner will be announced.

To enter to win this beautiful prize just follow these rules:

1. Like and share the Changing Woman campaign athttp://www.usaprojects.org/project/changing_woman

2. Share this banner

3. Leave a simple comment below the giveaway banner, on the Changing Woman Facebook page’s timeline to be assigned a number

4. To have more chances to win, just share the campaign outside Facebook. You can share it in your blog, in your social networks like Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, or any other. Then leave another comment with a link to the page where you shared the campaign. Another number will be assigned to you. The more you share, the more chances to win.

Thank you for all that you do! And GOOD LUCK!

Changing Woman on USA Projects

A couple days ago the Changing WOman Project launched the second phase of our fundraising on USA Projects, a non-profit grantmaking organization created to help artists succeed in their art projects. USA Projects is totally committed with the advancement of the arts, and every artist/project goes through a screening before being accepted. I myself had to tweak the project text and video about three times before it was finally ready to meet their guidelines, but it was all worth it. Now the project is live and open to accept donations, which are totally tax deductible. All donors receive a tax receipt immediately after they make their donation online.

USA Projects also works in an “all or nothing" system, which means that funds are received only if final goal is reached. I decided to keep the goal in its minimum this time since having the whole budget met is not really a priority right now. Funds must come gradually to meet the project’s ongoing needs though, and I will start as many campaigns as necessary until the goal is met.

Exclusive perks are available for all donors, from postcards and posters to limited edition art zines, prints, and hard-copy books. $4,000 USD donations will take home one of the project’s original artworks. All sponsors will win a digital version of the Changing Woman art book. Here is the campaign page: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/changing_woman

And here’s the video of the campaign. I continue having camera fright.

Thoughts on Day Three

Day three of 120 Days of Amplitude and feeling pretty damn good.  There’s a lot more to do in a day and so it forces me to get very organized about my time.  I end up wasting less time because there is an urgency to my purpose every day; just like when I’m getting ready to go away on a trip and I suddenly get unbelievably productive. People who know me would say that I am busy most of the time, but even living the life of a bumble bee has it’s secrets.  Even bumble bees fly around sometimes looking busy when in reality they’re not collecting much nectar.

Talking about secrets, putting my project “out there” has taken being a studio artist to a whole new level.  One of the benefits of being a visual artist is to tinker away privately and then share when you’re ready. It’s very different than being a performing artist. It’s a private kind of life.  Telling the near world that you’re committing to painting and upping your spiritual practice every single day and then displaying the results is a little like hanging your dirty laundry in public.   Not to mention what it feels like to crowd fund.  But that’s a whole other subject.

Painting steadily again after a 4 year hiatus is a really good feeling. There’s a certain feeling of authenticity that overcomes me when I more deeply practice my yoga and get into the studio to push the paint around. There is a sense of being in the center of everything. The world expands. 

I confessed to a musical friend of mine that I was concerned about how I was going to fit all the studio time in.  He shared two stories with me about songwriters who did brilliant award-winning work while they were waiting for a late appointment or just experiencing life in between those “designated” studio hours.  He reminded me that a 3-5 hour commitment a day doesn’t necessarily mean 3-5 unbroken, undisturbed studio hours.  It could mean just doing it when I could… even if it meant doing it in between other things, or as with one of his award-winning songwriter friends, while I was waiting for a late appointment to show.  

I’ve got two more days to fund.  I need $3055.00 by midnight on Wednesday.  Extremely confident that those pledge dollars will manifest on my USA Projects page, I march forward with my 120 Days of Amplitude, enjoying every single step.

Changing Woman on USA Projects

Yesterday we launched the second phase of our fundraising on USA Projects, a non-profit grantmaking organization created to help artists succeed in their art projects. USA Projects is totally committed with the advancement of the arts, and every artist/project goes through a screening before being accepted. I myself had to tweak the project text and video about three times before it was finally ready to meet their guidelines, but it was all worth it. Now the project is live and open to accept donations, which are totally tax deductible. All donors receive a tax receipt immediately after they make their donation online.

USA Projects also works in an “all or nothing” system, which means that funds are received only if final goal is reached. I decided to keep the goal in its minimum this time since having the whole budget met is not really a priority right now. Funds must come gradually to meet the project’s ongoing needs though, and I will start as many campaigns as necessary until the goal is met. 

Exclusive perks are available for all donors, from postcards and posters to limited edition art zines, prints, and hard-copy books. $4,000 USD donations will take home one of the project’s original artworks. All sponsors will win a digital version of the Changing Woman art book. 

Here is the campaign page:
http://www.usaprojects.org/project/changing_woman

America's terrible trains are an ideological triumph

America’s trains suck on purpose: “Ride a fast train to Washington today and you’ll start thinking about national health insurance tomorrow.”

The project of starving, stripping and dismantling all common goods in the USA is an ideological project that is the endgame of a movement that hit its stride in the Reagan years. Its irrational phobia of state spending – however necessary and beneficial – is a mirror image of the Soviet terror of the free-market. Without the Soviet Union, America has become its warped-mirror twin, a land where standing in endless lines is the norm, where all the stores sell the same things.

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