Changing money into art - social alchemy, acrylic on canvas, 122 x
183 cm, 2014
Here is the final painting concluding my Kickstarter experience. During
one month of crowd funding (September 9/October 9) 66 contributors have taking
directly part with amounts ranging from $1 to $500 online or otherwise and
reaching a total amount of $3,011 - 120% of the minimal pledged for success.
I received many comments and tried to give them echo as well as to my
own feelings in this painting. You may see my efforts to publicize the
proposition and the kind of social alchemy resulting from the artist’s energy
and contributor’s implication merging into the accumulation of small touches
converging towards the summit of the diagram. Starting from the sea level, the unknown
mountain raises day after day, by successive stages, up to the dreamed summit,
allowing finally the artist’s hand to open the collective safe box and see the
money of the contributors appear. It shows the social commitment in favor of
art creation. It was for me a reward after moments of doubt.
This parody of the financial and speculative diagrams of stock exchanges
gave me a great pleasure – as well as to the contributors, according to their
comments, in our business and profit minded societies. This demonstration of
sociological art on line is also worth its weight in gold!