He Passes Number 333,333*
The First Third
I want you to make some very small piece of art [~4.5"x6"] in any style or medium and send it to me before March. 32 other artists will do the same and I'll show these in lieu of painting number 333,333. I'll frame them and show them and afterwards I'll send everyone a different piece in return.
The other artists are rad and you'll flip to see the entire list and it'd mean a lot to have you join in celebrating The First Third of a million paintings.
I'll send you the supplies if you need them and thanks for being a groovy person to do this for me.
For the past two decades we’ve been working towards this seemingly absurd goal of producing one million original, hand-made works of art. In that time we’ve collaborated with a number of friends and fellow artists to create new pieces for the edition and just recently the project has reached the The First Third.
While this isn’t a million pieces of art 333,333 paintings is still a whole lot and it’s worth reflecting on in some way. To celebrate The First Third of this monstrous endeavor there will be a large gallery show on March 4, 2016 and we’re planning a retrospective sort of thing and it stands to be something Very, Very Special.
Painting No. 333,333
Producing just one single piece for painting #333,333 comes with a lot of questions. Which artist would be responsible for creating it? In what way, if any, would it be special? Would it be available for sale? Who will own it for their personal collection? It became too much to deal with really.
The idea of not creating one single piece to mark The First Third seems more interesting and subsequently that’s what we’ve decided.
Instead of there just being this one piece we’re hoping to create 33 separate pieces that together represent/comprise painting #333,333. Each piece would be part of a sub-set and would be numbered as #333,333.03, #333,333.06, #333,333.09 et cetera.
Along the years there have been a great number of supporters of what we were doing and plenty more that were sources of inspiration for the work. If you’re reading this then chances are pretty good you are one of these people and we would be very honored to have you participate in this part of the show.
How It'll Work
We’ll send you a supply of the blank paper boards and any additional materials needed. You are free to create whatever you’d like using the medium of your choice.
We’ll also send along a pre-stamped mailer to make sending the piece back a breeze.
We’ll number the pieces as 333,333.03, 333,333.06, etc. and the date will be stamped with the date of the show. After that we'll scan all of them and frame them to be shown together at the exhibit. One section of the show will feature the framed 333,333 pieces and all 33 will be hung together with a text block detailing the idea and list the contributing artists. These pieces will be marked Not For Sale and are ideally suited to show the cool collaborative nature of the project.
You don't really need the paper boards to get started either. You can do some little piece that is about 4.25"x6" or so. We can mount that to one of the paper boards and that's a way to go for sure.
[We’re considering using the scans to produce a very small run of a very small poster featuring all 33 pieces. To make something available to the collectors of the project. It'd invariably be a break-even sort of thing if we're lucky so if you're concerned about copyright or that sort of thing let us know. Whatever is ideal for you is groovy by us.]
After the show is over we'll send everyone a different framed piece from the '33' edition. We'll try and get everyone the piece they end up liking the most but you may just get what you get.
The thing here though is that we're not just asking anyone to be a part of this and you're not gonna get stuck with some crafty, ATC nonsense that looks like a Michael's exploded. This is good stuff and some of the artists that have signed on to participate include Angelica Paez, Jaime Derringer, Daniel Martin Diaz, Mike Egan and William Schaff.
If you're up for this or want me to send you a little starter kit to see how it goes after that let me know. Use the Contact Form and include a mailing address. I'll get it out to you ASAP.
Please Note: As time has now become pretty limited we may not be able to send out blank cards to you. This is not a big deal and we'll just plan on you sending in the 4.25"x6" piece for us to mount on the blank paper boards. Easy.
Look at the gallery: https://goo.gl/8yU8ej
* This is a shameless nod to an Okkervil River song that I love so well and is a ham-handed attempt at trying to get Will Sheff to participate in this