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Been a while since I’ve been on here… It is 3 months since my solo exhibition in NYC. Since then I have been slowing down production but ramping up concepts. I have also booked two major solo exhibitions for 2013, so some great pieces are on the way (at least ideally).
I recently completed a new series of sculptures.. #Model #1A221*.
I’ve been producing robot sculptures like these since 2010, although the first ones were made by hand from wood and plastic pieces. These are produced by hand and then molds were made. The final product ends up being a resin-based robot that is strong and heavy. I then go back and paint the resin to my desire.
The reality is, these are not perfect, mostly because the original hand-made piece was not perfect. In some ways, I enjoy the concept of imperfection to its entirety. It keeps us honest and reminds us that perfection is an unattainable pursuit. So there I am, in the studio, molding robot after robot (and loving every minute of it)…
Recently I have been conceptualizing more advanced projects, ones that go beyond a two-step or even three-step molding process. So I finally made the decision to move to 3D printing on-demand. An emerging technology that allows for the creation of dynamic and complex pieces. It is far more expensive than mold making, but the final product is worth it.
Here is a little guy that is on his way from the UK. ..
Finally, I would like to express my disdain for the concept of “toy art”. Many would rope my robot characters into the toy art group but the concept of a ‘toy’ has nothing to do with these pieces. In fact, much of the toy art in the world is not meant to be used as a toy. Honestly, I think it’s time for the genre to evolve, though not on an artistic level.
10 days, 10 different locations, and 1,040 pieces of art given away for free. After many hours of uncomfortable train rides and countless dirty looks, the free art project is a complete success. Here are some photos to recap the adventure:
You may have noticed the cameras. Well, along with a documentary being created on the project by 7Rose Studios, NPeaches (an online comedy network) is doing a piece on it as well for their Corrugated Universe series. Be on the lookout for both!
Days 5, 6, 7, and 8 of the free art project have been awesome. Day 6 was outside of the zoo and day 7 was on Astor Place. Besides being hassled by the local street vendors, Astor Place holds the record for fastest pieces given away, with 100 in 25 minutes. I am really finding this project to be a fulfilling experience. I spent about 500-600 hours on these pieces, knowing full well that I would get no money for it. Sometimes it feels good to to do something meaningful without thinking about the financial potential. Tomorrow is the second-to-last day and I will be setting up at Times Square after 6pm. Over 800 original pieces of art have been given away for free.
Today I also spent a few hours at the gallery hanging the show. This is my NYC solo debut, and after seeing the final set-up today, I promise it is worth the trip. I’ll see some of you Saturday (5-8pm) at the opening…
If you are unable to physically attend the show but are interested in purchasing pieces, email me here for a full list of pieces and prices.
Days 3 and 4 have been pretty amazing. I took a new approach these past couple days and used a sign instead of approaching people. This meant that people on the street actually had to do the approaching. Day 3 I was in SoHo and Day 4 I was in the Upper East Side just south of the MET. Both days I gave away 215 pieces in about an hour.
I also want to express my sincere appreciate for my wife Monica who has been coming in with me every single day and helping out. Follow her @omphalophobia for all of here updates. I also want to shout out 7Rose studios (Johnathan Joseph and Shayan Mohsin) who have been really cool about coming in and filming. They are putting together an amazing video series for the project.
So far, about 440 people have received a free piece of art. Tomorrow (Day 5) will be at night in Times Square….
It has been a very interesting couple of days. To catch you up to speed, I am in the middle of giving away over 1,000 pieces of my original art on the streets of NYC. So far, I have hit Midtown Center, and Chelsea with surprising results.
My initial reaction: I can’t believe how many people say no to a free piece of art. Granted, this is Manhattan. My wife, who went to NYU, told me that if she was a student and I approached her, she would have ignored me too. If I can put it into numbers, I have approached about 800 people so far and given away about 220 pieces of art.
There have been some amazing interactions with those that will actually stop and look. People cannot believe that there is no catch and many actually wait for me to give a pitch about donations. I have had kids try to grab 10 from me, and tourists trying to give me cash. It has been an amazing journey so far, and it has really just begun.
I have also had about a dozen people track me down through Twitter and find me in the city. Follow me @TedMikulski for all the details about where I’ll be and how to find me for your free piece!
Lastly, I want to stress that this project is limited to these 10 days. After August 10th, I will no longer be giving my work away for free, so get your hands on it while you can!
The free art project begins this Wednesday August 1st, 2012. After 18 months of late nights and countless paint pens, I’ve amassed about 1,065 pieces that will be given away for free in NYC. When I first pitched this idea to my gallery reps and friends/family, they thought I was bonkers. And whereas that sentiment really hasn’t changed, everyone is excited to see how this goes.
One of the things that everyone was pushing for was to have it filmed. The reactions, the awkwardness, it will make for a very interesting series of clips. At first, a really big name was interested in filming the project. It seemed cool to me, especially considering the distribution this person was likely capable of. That eventually fell-threw, but out of that I met 7Rose Studios, a small NYC based studio who produce short films.
These guys heard about the project and without getting much detail about it, they were in. They are completely dedicated to the project and even after one interview, I can tell they are going to be fun to work with.
It is always really cool to find like-minded individuals in a related field. They will be filming every-other day of the project in NYC including the gallery opening. This will then be turned into a 2-3 minute preview and then a 10+ minute web-based documentary. The directors cut will be shown at the exhibition opening on August 11th.
There are rumors of a long-form documentary on a larger art-based concept by 7Rose, but no one’s talking yet…
So, want a free piece of original art? Here is all the info you need: Free Art Project 2012
Here is the info for my NYC debut:
And follow all the action @tedmikulski – see you in the city!