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Luxury Accommodations Realization at Vermont Studio Center


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My digital concept for the unrealized project "Luxury Accommodations" has been shown as a work of art in its own right in Ohio and California, and now the time has come to bring it to life.

I have been awarded an artist grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center for the month of  January 2013.  Durring this time I intend to create a full-sized, physicall version of my conceptual work, "Luxury Accommodations."  This work deals with issues of simulated grandure, meaningless luxury, perceptions of wealth, and the desire to project those perceptions regardless of their reality.  In its final form, "Luxury Accommodations" will involve the faux finishing of the interior of a genuine, plastic portable toilet.  The "projected" value of the interior, wich will reference the tradition of sumptuous marble bathrooms, will be undercut by the reality of the plastic materials and machined construction of the mass-produced porta-potty. 

Unfortunately, my grant does not cover the full cost of the residency.  I am therefore asking you, my potential donors, to help me raise the $4,000 I need by December 7th so that this project may proceed!  This money will cover not only tuition to the VSC, but also the cost of materials, transportation and the submission of the final product to art exhibitions and competitions!

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    • November 15, 2012

      Nathan Gorgen


      Columbus, OH

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Donors will receive a postcard featuring the original "Luxury Accommodations" design as well as a hand-written thank-you from the artist.
Donors will receive a watermarked, full-resolution digital copy of the original "Luxury Accommodations" design to do with as they wish, as well as the postcard given at the $25 level.
Donors will receive an original signed print of the "Luxury Accommodations" digital rendering.
Donors receive a signed and numbered print of "The Mansion in the Model," an early digital concept for my MFA thesis project, as well as the "luxury accommodations" print given at the $150 level.
Donors will be able to pick from a selection of original artworks.
Donors will be able to pick from a selection of large, highly distinctive paintings, drawings and sculptures, all created within the last two years.
Nathan Gorgen is an installation artist who's work deals with perceptions of reality and the nature or digital and physical simulations.
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