Johnny Beaver is creating SLLEEPdotnet
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$35
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Greetings. I'm an interdisciplinary artist living in Portland, OR, making work that ranges from painting to sculpture, music, sound art, poetry, software, conceptualism, and various other platforms. You can find my website here. This Patreon exists to helps in part to fund various aspects of my practice, but most specifically an ongoing experimental artwork, SLEEPdotnet.

ABOUT THIS ARTWORK
SLLEEPdotnet (http://slleep.net) is a response to chronic insomnia, brought on by and contributing to bipolar, generalized anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorders. I haven't been able to sleep normally since 1998, and like many others, don't respond well to drugs or common behavioral therapies. According to most research, sleeplessness has been rapidly becoming more commonplace in an increasingly busy and anxious world. Turning back doesn't often feel like an option, nor do I believe it would be a cure-all anyway. In fact, much of my art looks at the contrasting therapeutic values of noise and distraction.

In the summer of 2018, as my work shifted towards a greater focus on insomnia from general mental health advocacy, I realized that I might be able to more positively curate the "Black Lake," or the extremely isolated space one enters between laying down and actually sleeping. Preempted by a video piece titled Black Lake (youtube.com/watch?v=v_tLp62xrsg),  SLLEEPdotnet is that curation made manifest.

As a website, this artwork is both very private and inherently public. Current sections include archives of ongoing digital* bodies of work that are created while in the Black Lake, or at least heavily inspired by it. Other content ranges from the obvious to extremely abstract, often taking the form of logs or ancillary environments (one such example is a memorial gallery). The website model carries with it the ability for multiple users to exist in the same space without interacting, each having a very personalized experience. It's a space to dwell willingly, or to look forward. A space to slow down, or to launch into space.

By design the content will expand in unknown directions, though there are always plans on the horizon.

*SLLEEPdotnet is a digital only platform, and while that term can be stretched in a number of different ways, I'm generally referring to the fact that the spirit of the work found on it will always reference digitally-specific environments.

WHAT YOU'RE FUNDING
SLLEEPdotnet exists only by your good graces. If you're interested in funding experimental artwork, or have a vested interest in the topic, this might be for you. While your giving goes towards keeping the site alive and accessible, overflow funds will go towards a few things:

1. Paying artists who suffer from insomnia, or have been otherwise affected by it, in the form of digital commissions. It won't be much, but it will be something. These works are intended to go into a yet-to-be-created SLLEEPdotnet permanent exhibition.

2. Expanding hosting powers. Currently its expensive enough just to keep the site up, but I'd like to at some point be able to afford access to javascript or other dynamic content. I feel like this could greatly increase the dynamism of the project.

3. While SLLEEPdotnet is prioritized, some of these funds will inevitably go towards keeping my own site (johnnybeaverart.com) up, which hosts a nearly complete archive of my work, including many free items, such as software plugins, poetry collections, and music / sound art downloads. As long as this Patreon is funding me to do so, I can supplement the cost of my practice in a way that makes offering everything free of charge sustainable. It's important to me that a large amount of what I make is freely accessible.

If a recurring monthly charge is not your thing, I can definitely understand. I'll also gladly accept one-time donations, just reach out!

REWARDS
I've never been one to be able to make work on command, deviate from a wholly intuitive process. For this reason I'm avoiding a "donation level = you get X thing" model. Not only can I not make honest work under those conditions, but I want those donating to do so simply because they believe in funding this work. Everyone who contributes to this project in any way will be listed (unless otherwise requested) in a place of honor on my website. It's not much, but it's what I've got.

THE FUTURE
Current plans involve a lot of expansion. You'll often see several new pieces of content per week, and existing content may disappear or change significantly. I want motion. Sound works are on the way. I am also prioritizing the creation of its permanent exhibition, and will be calling for donated original works in lieu of not being able to pay for them quite yet.

Beyond that, SLLEEPdotnet is fluid. I'm not sure what exactly it is yet, or how it fits into art canon. That's part of what I'm investigating.

For more information, or if you have any questions, visit my website (listed above) or send me a message. I'd love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for your time!
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Goals
$35 of $50 per month
$50/mo. is the first benchmark I'm setting to comfortably fund the baseline of this project.
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Greetings. I'm an interdisciplinary artist living in Portland, OR, making work that ranges from painting to sculpture, music, sound art, poetry, software, conceptualism, and various other platforms. You can find my website here. This Patreon exists to helps in part to fund various aspects of my practice, but most specifically an ongoing experimental artwork, SLEEPdotnet.

ABOUT THIS ARTWORK
SLLEEPdotnet (http://slleep.net) is a response to chronic insomnia, brought on by and contributing to bipolar, generalized anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorders. I haven't been able to sleep normally since 1998, and like many others, don't respond well to drugs or common behavioral therapies. According to most research, sleeplessness has been rapidly becoming more commonplace in an increasingly busy and anxious world. Turning back doesn't often feel like an option, nor do I believe it would be a cure-all anyway. In fact, much of my art looks at the contrasting therapeutic values of noise and distraction.

In the summer of 2018, as my work shifted towards a greater focus on insomnia from general mental health advocacy, I realized that I might be able to more positively curate the "Black Lake," or the extremely isolated space one enters between laying down and actually sleeping. Preempted by a video piece titled Black Lake (youtube.com/watch?v=v_tLp62xrsg),  SLLEEPdotnet is that curation made manifest.

As a website, this artwork is both very private and inherently public. Current sections include archives of ongoing digital* bodies of work that are created while in the Black Lake, or at least heavily inspired by it. Other content ranges from the obvious to extremely abstract, often taking the form of logs or ancillary environments (one such example is a memorial gallery). The website model carries with it the ability for multiple users to exist in the same space without interacting, each having a very personalized experience. It's a space to dwell willingly, or to look forward. A space to slow down, or to launch into space.

By design the content will expand in unknown directions, though there are always plans on the horizon.

*SLLEEPdotnet is a digital only platform, and while that term can be stretched in a number of different ways, I'm generally referring to the fact that the spirit of the work found on it will always reference digitally-specific environments.

WHAT YOU'RE FUNDING
SLLEEPdotnet exists only by your good graces. If you're interested in funding experimental artwork, or have a vested interest in the topic, this might be for you. While your giving goes towards keeping the site alive and accessible, overflow funds will go towards a few things:

1. Paying artists who suffer from insomnia, or have been otherwise affected by it, in the form of digital commissions. It won't be much, but it will be something. These works are intended to go into a yet-to-be-created SLLEEPdotnet permanent exhibition.

2. Expanding hosting powers. Currently its expensive enough just to keep the site up, but I'd like to at some point be able to afford access to javascript or other dynamic content. I feel like this could greatly increase the dynamism of the project.

3. While SLLEEPdotnet is prioritized, some of these funds will inevitably go towards keeping my own site (johnnybeaverart.com) up, which hosts a nearly complete archive of my work, including many free items, such as software plugins, poetry collections, and music / sound art downloads. As long as this Patreon is funding me to do so, I can supplement the cost of my practice in a way that makes offering everything free of charge sustainable. It's important to me that a large amount of what I make is freely accessible.

If a recurring monthly charge is not your thing, I can definitely understand. I'll also gladly accept one-time donations, just reach out!

REWARDS
I've never been one to be able to make work on command, deviate from a wholly intuitive process. For this reason I'm avoiding a "donation level = you get X thing" model. Not only can I not make honest work under those conditions, but I want those donating to do so simply because they believe in funding this work. Everyone who contributes to this project in any way will be listed (unless otherwise requested) in a place of honor on my website. It's not much, but it's what I've got.

THE FUTURE
Current plans involve a lot of expansion. You'll often see several new pieces of content per week, and existing content may disappear or change significantly. I want motion. Sound works are on the way. I am also prioritizing the creation of its permanent exhibition, and will be calling for donated original works in lieu of not being able to pay for them quite yet.

Beyond that, SLLEEPdotnet is fluid. I'm not sure what exactly it is yet, or how it fits into art canon. That's part of what I'm investigating.

For more information, or if you have any questions, visit my website (listed above) or send me a message. I'd love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for your time!

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$1
$1 or more per month 2 patrons

$3.50
$3.50 or more per month 1 patron
About three-fitty.
$5
$5 or more per month 0 patrons

$10
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
$15
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
$20
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