Johnny Beaver is creating interdisciplinary artworks.
3

patrons

$32
per month
Hello, there. I'm Johnny Beaver(website), an interdisciplinary artist living in Portland and attending PSU as an MFA candidate. I graduated in 2008 with an AA in Recording Arts from Full Sail University  and in 2017 with a BFA (painting concentration) from Oregon State University. I work sporadically as a teaching / teaching assistant, and also as a content editor for an alternative weekly newspaper in Corvallis. I've been making art in various capacities for twenty years, and while I'm primarily focused on painting, sound, and digital art, my practice also includes music, poetry, software and electronics design, conceptualist projects, and others.

My creative process looks to art's capacity for fabricating autonomy; this is largely in response to the erosions of self-determination intrinsic to mental illness. Topics frequently reflect concepts and experiences of anxiety, memory loss, insomnia, mortality, social juxtaposition, and hope. My work is equally concerned with formalism as it is with concept, and so I've come to value self-study and the continuity found through creative language and incremental change. The union between my conceptual and formal values and the desire to explore these things through a diversity of material voices has also made the act of sharing / teaching a huge part of my identity.

So, why is this here? Mainly because I can't eat my art (I've tried). And while I'd sooner tell you to keep your money and use it towards making your own work (or a Netflix subscription), I'm trying out some funding models in order to find something that works for me. Much of my work that can be free, is, including collections of poetry, software synthesizers, etc. I love to exhibit and have done so at a diversity of venues dozens of times over last handful of years, but I'm also very interested in access and what can be done with more contemporary tools (ie. the Internet, mass data storage, etc.) The truth is that I'm going to keep doing all of this regardless, but if you'd like to help enable my work through patronage, I'll graciously accept the help in furthering these goals.

My endgame is relatively simple: to spend my life fostering a research-heavy studio and teaching practice that favors creative sovereignty and experimentalism. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for those who have shared their creative knowledge with me, and so I plan on repaying this by doing the same.
Rewards
Gonzo
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Your contribution is a big deal, and so I'll be keeping a permanent list on my website of all patrons who donate (this is relatively automatic, so let me know if you'd rather stay anonymous). A little can go a long way!
Chicken Jeff
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Everybody likes Chicken Jeff! One ongoing area of study for me is alternative modes of composition in sound; specifically the conversion of objects into soundscapes. You may not like what you hear, but in exchange for your patronage I'll work with you to include an object, pet, plant, etc. of your choosing into this project.
Wavefolder
$30 or more per month 1 patron
WELP. (http://welp.bandcamp.com) is the face of all of my current sound projects. If you're generous enough to donate this kind of money, I'll send you a custom vessel containing a WELP. sound collection of your choice. Constructed from found wood, these vessels are simple, painted sculptures with embedded USB storage. These will be the only physical releases of this material, and no two will be the same (size, color, etc.).

There will likely be some lead time in getting it made!
Goals
$32 of $100 per month
$100/mo. would cover most of my practice's recurring expenses and help to fund new projects. If by some miracle I can reach this goal, I'll be able to keep all of my sound works, plugins, and other digital content freely available. Currently my archived musical projects sell for about $5 per album, but I'll reduce that to zero if I can hit this goal.
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Hello, there. I'm Johnny Beaver(website), an interdisciplinary artist living in Portland and attending PSU as an MFA candidate. I graduated in 2008 with an AA in Recording Arts from Full Sail University  and in 2017 with a BFA (painting concentration) from Oregon State University. I work sporadically as a teaching / teaching assistant, and also as a content editor for an alternative weekly newspaper in Corvallis. I've been making art in various capacities for twenty years, and while I'm primarily focused on painting, sound, and digital art, my practice also includes music, poetry, software and electronics design, conceptualist projects, and others.

My creative process looks to art's capacity for fabricating autonomy; this is largely in response to the erosions of self-determination intrinsic to mental illness. Topics frequently reflect concepts and experiences of anxiety, memory loss, insomnia, mortality, social juxtaposition, and hope. My work is equally concerned with formalism as it is with concept, and so I've come to value self-study and the continuity found through creative language and incremental change. The union between my conceptual and formal values and the desire to explore these things through a diversity of material voices has also made the act of sharing / teaching a huge part of my identity.

So, why is this here? Mainly because I can't eat my art (I've tried). And while I'd sooner tell you to keep your money and use it towards making your own work (or a Netflix subscription), I'm trying out some funding models in order to find something that works for me. Much of my work that can be free, is, including collections of poetry, software synthesizers, etc. I love to exhibit and have done so at a diversity of venues dozens of times over last handful of years, but I'm also very interested in access and what can be done with more contemporary tools (ie. the Internet, mass data storage, etc.) The truth is that I'm going to keep doing all of this regardless, but if you'd like to help enable my work through patronage, I'll graciously accept the help in furthering these goals.

My endgame is relatively simple: to spend my life fostering a research-heavy studio and teaching practice that favors creative sovereignty and experimentalism. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for those who have shared their creative knowledge with me, and so I plan on repaying this by doing the same.

Recent posts by Johnny Beaver

Rewards
Gonzo
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Your contribution is a big deal, and so I'll be keeping a permanent list on my website of all patrons who donate (this is relatively automatic, so let me know if you'd rather stay anonymous). A little can go a long way!
Chicken Jeff
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Everybody likes Chicken Jeff! One ongoing area of study for me is alternative modes of composition in sound; specifically the conversion of objects into soundscapes. You may not like what you hear, but in exchange for your patronage I'll work with you to include an object, pet, plant, etc. of your choosing into this project.
Wavefolder
$30 or more per month 1 patron
WELP. (http://welp.bandcamp.com) is the face of all of my current sound projects. If you're generous enough to donate this kind of money, I'll send you a custom vessel containing a WELP. sound collection of your choice. Constructed from found wood, these vessels are simple, painted sculptures with embedded USB storage. These will be the only physical releases of this material, and no two will be the same (size, color, etc.).

There will likely be some lead time in getting it made!