Update on Kickstarter Project

About 2 weeks ago I started a project on Kickstarter to help fund my Everything Waffles project. Support has been coming in from both on and off the website. I am still looking for more support through funding or just re-tweeting or “Liking” the project. This will help me create my self-published book in April and create more photos. Please follow the link below and help support the project!

July 2010

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/900240393/everything-waffles-creating-portraits-from-the-web

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Justin and Waffles Kickstarter Project

Having started the book and creating videos online for the Everythingwaffles.com website, I have started a Kickstarter to help the project. I am seeking to raise $1,500 to complete all aspects of the project. More information about the project can be found at my Kickstarter page.

The funding for the project runs until March 6 however the project itself will take further months to complete. As the books are printed and sold, part of the funding will go to the original animal rescue center where I got waffles and also the Humane Society.

 

 

 

You can find the full link here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects

The original book link:

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore

Justin and Waffles: Portraits From the Web

Finally my self-published book of portraits with Waffles has been published and printed. This book is comprised of 15 portraits with Waffles over the past year reflected internet images circulating the web. You can check out the preview below and if you are interested in a copy please let me know.

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/2280469/f32e6b7bda00de8090d15488004d0905255bb873?ce=blurb_ew&utm_source=widget

 

Copy this link until infinity and help me publish project across the very source from where this project came from.

As a reminder, Everythingwaffles.com is a website now. It is experiencing some issues right now but it is a great place to see some of the videos that have been made.

 

A Request For Your Family Albums

As I continue to work with family as a part of my recent work, I have stumbled across a new series of images that I would like to pursue. Unlike the first part of this project where I recreated past family photos, I want to look at the places where we put photos. After handling so many of my own family images, I discovered that the shoe boxes and albums they were kept in were just as interesting as the images themselves.

I look at these containers as a geologist might see a core sample of rocks. As the old boxes fall part and new ones are added, we can see the layers of history unique to each family. This personal archive exists in all families that collect their own images. Whether it is in an album or a tin can, these containers become an intimate item within the family.

Now to the part where you come in, I would like to ask for these containers from your family so that I may document them. I do not expect to have the family photos in these when given to me, but the boxes and albums themselves. As I understand these are precious in some cases just like the photos, all care will be taken to ensure their safety. Whether I pick them up personally or you wish them to be shipped to me, I will cover all expenses in this processes. These images of the albums will be for my professional practice and they will part of my larger body of work dealing with family.

If you are interested in allowing me to documenting these boxes and albums, contact me through email at info@justinschwab.com or find me on twitter at justin_schwab.

 

 

 

Not a Performance

I have been meaning to put up some videos of the boring parts of setting up for a portrait with Waffles. Now that my space is a little bigger I can just set the camera and record away.

Honestly I edited out everything but the boring part of the video just for your entertainment. Honestly, would you expect anything different?

What more could you ask for than a video of a man ironing fabric? Perhaps a new photo with Waffles?

Perhaps.

A New Approach

Finally a new image has emerged from studio and a new approach to this idea. This image below was presented to a graduate level course in a new was I have not explored yet. Rather than printing a large scale inkjet print, I decided to project this image life-size onto a installation wall.

Normally I would print a archival inkjet print for a new digital body of work. However I approached this in an entirely new method to heighten the experience and interpretation.

Experimenting with presentation.

 

I mentioned a couple of months ago that I will be updating my website soon. I can now confirm that I failed at doing that and so you can expect a new guarentee of an update to my site in the coming week.

A Year in Review

Looking back at what has become a fun body of work.

From all of these photos I have enjoyed the level of work that went into the original photographs. Although we may snicker at their over the top qualities, they were not as easy to create when I first worked on each one.

Most of these remakes come from silly jokes between friends and people I have been told I look like(Edward Cullen). Now however I am looking toward recreating these images in a higher finished quality or lack of quality. My ambitions have led me to new projects and ideas to digested the clutter of the internet and produce remakes of some of the finer points.

With graduate school in Portland, Oranje 2011 in Indianapolis, and some new equipment at my disposal I think we can all look forward to more work of this kind.

What can you expect in the coming year? Well lets look in the short term and you should expect something in 1/12 of that time.
Be sure to check out Oranje 2011 this year and you might see me around then! And seriously keep an eye on my main website for some updates.

New Work: In Progress

When I began documenting my sculptural figures in public spaces, I knew I would have to revisit them in another environment. Although some of the figures will be reused throughout the images, the visual impact changes due to their location.

 

 

I chose to dimly light each figure to draw increased attention to the details of facial features and line of sight. The focus of my current direction of work creates man-made areas or forms that influence their surroundings. I am beginning this idea through using my sculptural forms I have previously used for gallery installations.