All funds support Space Invader: An Artist Sustainability Project
The Hideaway pays for rent, utilities, and food costs for the Artist Sustainability Project
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As a visual artist who holds a deep love for food and cooking, I can’t help but to approach this business endeavor as a creative work in progress. While many artists are feeling like space invaders not able to find a good home for their work I want to draw attention to these recession times and how we are being pulled from our studios in order to make ends meet. Called “Cé nest pas un a restaurant,” the work is inspired by the Magritte painting, “This is not a pipe.” I will take something we all know and change the context in order to start a dialogue. Rather than calling it a job I choose to see it as a work of art. This artistic project that I have been calling The Hideaway is my effort to reinvent modes of survival and shift perspective about the current economic situation. Along with this comes opportunity to collaborate creatively with my community. The work starts as a food delivery service and will manifest into a sculpture of a restaurant.
Handmade clay pots will be made to deliver gifts of food and art to the patrons of The Hideaway. Evolving as time goes by, the first menu will offer a prix fix menu with a choice of Morg Fessanjan or Morg Tanoori. Inspired by my own family recipe, both are dishes that Iranian families share with their guests and take great pride in.
The Hideaway; facilitates the Space Invader Program: An Artist Sustainability Project the experience is one that is constantly evolving, the first incarnation of the restaurant was a food delivery service in Asheville, NC, acquiring over 70 patrons in the first week nearly 200 patrons in the first month.
Once I acquire 250 patrons in Kansas City I will be able to give a $1000 grant to a local artist each month along with access to a studio and two assistants, a materials budget, and free food. Their task is to create an art object in edition of 250. The art objects given to the Hideaway Patrons expands the artist’s network and introduces them to potential collectors. It also helps to get the fire going presenting the idea of multiples to the artist and how they can get “the art” to the people. I think all artists should be printmakers; it opens them up to a broad collector base, which is a key to "sustaining" an artistic lifestyle.
In addition to the twelve mini-residencies to local artists, once a year an artist in residence will receive a furnished apartment near downtown and the use of a large studio for 11 weeks as well as an opportunity to exhibit their work in the gallery at the end of their stay. The residency is designed to provide the artist an inspiring and supportive environment for individual and /or collaborative new work.
The Space Invader Artist in Residence Program is intended to foster artistic development and support arts education in the Crossroads Arts District of downtown Kansas City.
Thank you again for your support, I look forward to your comments and ongoing participation in this project. Please feel free to pass the word to your friends.