Creating a new series of 12 transhuman paintings and participating in an exhibit as part of Melbourne’s 2015 Midsumma Festival!
I am thrilled to have been invited to participate in ‘Home Free‘, a visual arts exhibition at Gasworks Arts Park in Melbourne, AU. This exhibit is part of the official program for Midsumma, Melbourne’s annual Queer Celebration.
I’m creating a new series of 12 transhuman portraits with dinosaur heads, a significant departure from my ‘traditional’ LGBTQI nudes. I’d love to take you on this adventure with me! Your pledges will help me to create this new series by funding materials and expenses, as well as covering the costs of shipping two of my existing paintings to and from the Gasworks Arts Park Gallery. A significant part of your pledge will also go toward making and shipping your rewards (over 60%). I’ve got my art on a ton of cool pledge rewards ranging from prints, clothing, cases, decor and more! Backers at the highest pledge levels will be able to choose one my original paintings to own!
I would love to attend the Festival and opening night in person! If the goal is exceeded I’ll fly down from Sydney to Melbourne to see the show in person and explore the diverse range of events at the Festival.
Midsumma Festival is made up of events and activities including visual art, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, parties, sport, social events and public forums at over 85 venues for 3 weeks from mid January to February. It’s best described as ‘an impassioned celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture’ and I can’t wait to be a part of it!
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Here is the manifesto for this year’s exhibition theme,Home Free: While Australia still has a long way to go in reaching equality for our GLBTIQ community, Australia still has a much higher level of community acceptance and inclusion than the 76+ countries with anti-homosexuality laws. Home Free will focus on the things that make you glad to be living in Australia right now. Home Free will be a joyful celebration of our vibrant GLBTIQ community.
ABOUT MY WORK
This year I created a painting for the 2014 Archibald Prize, Australia’s most prominent portrait competition. Although I did not make it into the top 50, I was honored to have my work viewed by the trustees on location at the Art Gallery of NSW. The painting is a self-portrait reflecting on my journey thus far in Australia. The patterned background is comprised of over 200 tiny landscapes from my travels throughout Australia. It seems like the perfect fit for ‘Home Free’, and I look forward to having it displayed at Gasworks Arts Park.
ABOUT THE REWARDS
There are so many great options for backers of this project. Here are just a few examples of the cool stuff you can receive for being a part of this journey with me 🙂 Take a look at KimLeutwyler.com to find all of the artwork you can choose from to go on your rewards! I’ll send a preview of what your reward will look like before shipping 😉