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Two Kickstarter Art Projects Worth a Look

by Hrag Vartanian on June 1, 2012

We receive requests for Kickstarter projects all the time. Some are good but others are simply WOW!

These two projects caught our attention recently and we wanted to encourage you to lend your financial support or simply share them on your social networks.

A Pop-up Photo Studio in London

Photographer Caroll Taveras opened a pop-up photo studio on Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue in 2009 and now she wants the project to travel to London and she needs your help.

I had the pleasure to visit her Brooklyn studio, where she was offering excellent portraits for $5 a pop. Now she’s planning to do the same thing — for a £10 free this time — in a Chatsworth Road storefront in East London for a month in late June.

She is hoping to make the studio a popular weekend community destination and cultural salon of sorts. She explains that her goal is:

“to document what the people living in East London look like right now at this point in time. I want to eventually gather enough cities and towns around the world and bring it all together in a future exhibition and book.”

During her Brooklyn studio I saw what a delight it was that all types of people from the community would often come in to have their pictures taken. The images themselves would a pleasure to behold and she made people feel comfortable. We suggest you help if you can and the prizes for your support include some of her very excellent prints. [SUPPORT]

Dirty Queer Looks

New York’s favorite roaming queer film series, Dirty Looks, has embarked on a new project that blends installation art, film and queer history into one exciting summer adventure. Dirty Looks: On Location will install film and video work in historically queer spaces in New York for the month of July.

On Location is in its final day of Kickstarter funding and boasts artists such as Charles Atlas, K8 Hardy, Emily Roysdon, Marlon Riggs, Eleanor Antin and many more.

Aside from its promising programming, Dirty Looks’Kickstarter is offering exclusive artist shirts by Curt McDowell and Luther Price, an editioned poster of Mike Kuchar’s “Director at Work” (1971) painting and even original art pieces.

Btw, they’re less than $800 away from their goal. HELP! [SUPPORT]

With contributions by Kate Wadkins

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