1 YEAR, 10,000 PIECES, 1 ARTIST

by Kris Haas

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On November 8th, 2008, I started on a path of creativity, with no initial idea of the outcome.  As far as I knew, I was only commemorating my beloved cat, named after Jackson Pollock, that had just passed away on that day.  I created four new paintings on 11"x14" paper that were completely different from any work I had done before. I kept going. Jump to November 7th, 2009: I finished piece # 10,202. I had only one rule that year: no matter how bad my migraines, seizures, backaches, and exhaustion, I had to create at least one piece every day. With this in mind, I evolved from the type of creative artist I knew I could be into the one I wanted to be.

What happened that year is nothing short of a creative miracle that I alone have memories of. I had discovered things about myself as an artist (and as someone with a brain injury disability) that became so profound, insightful, inspirational, and empowering that I have felt compelled to share this with others. For my new project, I will paint 10,000 pieces in one year again but this time with LIVE STREAMING VIDEO 24/7, showing all the intimate details that an artist can go through in the creative process. 

This project is not just for me but a great deal of it is FOR YOU, THE VIEWER!!  Think of this as a way to bridging the gap between the artist and the viewer. This has been an awakening into unlimited possibilities that I feel the need to share with you as a way to inspire creatives and non, students, business men/women, athletes, stay at home moms etc. into understanding what is possible to achieve.

I am raising $ 11,750 for video and photography equipment, paint, paper and building an interactive website to enable you, the viewer, to observe my studio and other work spaces 24/7 and interact with me. The site will have archival footage and images to show you changes in the work as it progresses. You can also get exclusive early access to purchasing the new works there! I am fortunate to have Todd Meisler of ZD Designs build the website. If I raise more than my minimum goal of $11,750, the money will go toward purchasing higher quality photography and lighting equipment and hiring a technical assistant.

My deepest thanks to all who support this project. Since my brain injury, I am isolated and confined to my home environment as much as possible. I cannot filter out stimuli like someone with an un-injured brain. Live streaming video allows me to connect with people all over the world and travel in a new and different way while I remain in the calm and safety of my own home and studio. In a sense, you are providing me with a most innovative form of disability access so that I can continue to pursue my artistic and professional goals while maintaining a connection with my community.

THE REWARDS

Many rewards are available, from digital download files of images and access to the live streaming video and its archival section, to original art. Check out the rewards for different levels of donation on the right side of this page!

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1 YEAR/November 8th, 2013 - November 7th, 2014

10,000PIECES/or more

1 ARTIST/Kris Haas..............        TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

 

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    • June 25, 2013 lancasterm Community Member

      I love your project idea and what you have produced already in paintings. Please read my response to James below and forgive my typos..i have been up all night working on some of my own projects. smile. So not the best time to try to communicate. I will also return to make some kind of donation...but too tired to do that this moment and want to see if i can do more than i think i can right now. I am sure you will get what need for your project. It IS very touching (as James said ) what you are doing with what challenged with but not only that..it is also something that will be great for the viewers to experience in an uncommon way that could likely awaken as you say the artistic abilities in them, which is to me one of the most important accomplishments of art. Next time here i want to ask you more questions but for now i need sleep...best to you with this worthy endeavor. Oh i just saw the fundraising date deadline...can you try again if not get enough in time?? ( i am laid off and on very limited income right now so can't donate much) but i will forward the link to others. Feel free to email me ..see my email below.

    • June 25, 2013 lancasterm Community Member

      I love your project idea and what you have produced already. Please read my response to James below and forgive my typos..i have been up all night working on some of my own projects. smile. So not the best time to try to communicate. I will also return to make some kind of donation...but too tired to do that this moment and want to see if i can do more than i think i can right now. I am sure you will get what need for your project. It IS very touching (as James said ) what you are doing with what challenged with but not only that..it is also something that will be great for the viewers to experience in an uncommon way that could likely awaken as you say the artistic abilities in them, which is to me one of the most important accomplishments of art. Next time here i want to ask you more questions but for now i need sleep...best to you with this worthy endeavor.

    • June 15, 2013 Kris Haas Artist

      Hello James, Thank-you for your kind words and information bout other artist and there conditions. I am just very grateful that I was creating already at the time of my accident and after it has been the one thing that has saved my life, in many ways. Thank-you for your generous support and I apologize that it has taken so long to get back to you to do so. One of the detriments to having a brain injury. My left side of my brain is constantly on overload right now so I bet you can imaging that I can't wait to start the project so I can balance out the left brain stuff with the right brain creativity. I would also love it if you were to share about this project with as many people as possible since I really believe in it and the positive attributes I know it will bring to everyone who will be watching for the 1 year. Even though I am only 13% funded, my contact person at USA Projects, thinks I am doing great despite all my disadvantages. I am having an art show for my fund raiser in 1 week and I expect it to do well and so does my contact person. With that I will say once again a very big thank-you for your support. Most Sincerely, Kris

    • June 01, 2013 James Thatcher Artist

      Dear Kris, I find your project, updates, and situation very touching. I knew a man with TBI...he was at once very intellectual and very naïve, a brilliant chess player too. He hated his medication... One of the things I find interesting is how your activities can trigger your symptoms, or pacify them. Only marginally related, Willem De Kooning used art throughout his later life with Alzheimer's Disease to focus, maintain...I'm sure you know how excellent his late work was. Creation is a truly wonderful thing, genuinely full of wonder. (That is how I remember my friend, Tor...this was the source of that great naivety--an awe of life, and the wonder of it all) I like your art very much, and your project. Time to donate!

      • June 25, 2013 lancasterm Community Member

        James, Did you by any chance know or have any contact with William De Kooning personally? He and Michael Loew were close and partners in art works. Michael was my uncle. I did not get to see him much after i went to college. I am looking for people who knew him and Kooning and would explain why in a phone call or email if you want to know....But can you let me know if you did know either of them personally??? You can email me at lancasterm@fairpoint.net thank you. Further, i also have TBI but i never had migraines or seizures and never took medication and i do fine. However i danced an enormous amount in my younger years and still a lot today though not as much. I also paint a tiny bit and write all the time. Dancing seemed to make the biggest difference in changing my brain and now writing is doing some other things. Before dancing i had a lot of problems with focus and speech and memory and with dance it all cleared up and it seems that ...or i have been told that other parts of my brain developed far beyond the norm to compensate for less than 10 percent of norm in the executive function....so now it is even hard to anyone to tell i have a problem though i can be very aware of it. I worked for many years with those who are challenged mentally, including autism, and down syndrome and with phenomenal results that enabled them to leap forward in abilities and excel in class room activities that they could barely function in before. For some the improvement was observed within weeks. I am not even sure what did it...i just seem to know what to do instinctively, but Trudi Schoop was the one who i felt closest to in the dance and dance therapies world in how she worked with mental illness and her own dance experiences. This is a wonderful site her that i just happened into unexpectedly and after i have been spending over a year looking for someone who might have known Michael and see your comment about his part time partner...Kooning...And i am really was more interested in dance, but now seeing and reading about Kris and then your comments i guess this was meant to be. So if you can get back to me..i don't have expectations that you know anything but thought it worth asking and would appreciate that either way. Once you do i would like if you would delete my email address that is here. Thank you.

    • May 28, 2013 Dave Rozen Community Member

      Nice work, I usually do not see much Abstract Digital. It's good. Your video is romantic and I feel you can make your dreams real. I am endeavoring for a 1,000 Original Book Compilation of my art. If you want to see my work look up Invigilance .DeviantArt.Com