Fantasy island: Lake Superior's eco artist residency
Images: The Rabbit Island Project via Kickstarter
Earlier the summer, the duo took to Kickstarter to raise funds for the project, dubbed the Rabbit Island Project, and help make their wilderness island/artist residence dreams come true. The fundraising goal of $12,500, earmarked towards “main needs” — items such a solar panel, power and hand tools, a chainsaw and last but not least, a boat — was exceeded last month by a couple grand so it looks like Gorski and Ranville are good to go (for now). Backers of the project will receive organic cotton tote bags and t-shirts, original artwork, “Northern Michigan-inspired mixtapes,” and even a trip to the island where you can “get your hands dirty and learn about sustainable construction, landscaping, and forestry by working along side us.”
Ecological concerns are a growing influence within the consciousness of society and the creative practices of many people. Visual artists, writers, designers, architects, farmers and creative researches of all types are doing some amazing things and we want develop an amazing space for those practices to flourish and be challenged. This artist residency presents some really unique constraints: It is off-the-grid, it is nature in its purist form, it’s an experiment, a laboratory. It is isolated from all centralized forms of transportation, energy production, food industry, and, the world of art. Rabbit Island represents a chance to creatively explore ideas related to the absence of civilization in a well-preserved microcosm.
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