Steve Chapman ( @stevexoh )

is creating art, social experiments, creative wonkiness
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About Steve Chapman ( @stevexoh )

Hello there.  

I'm Steve, an artist, writer, philosopher and speaker who has no training or qualifications in any of these subjects.  

Whilst my work has a variety of forms, it all arises from the intention of screwing around with convention.  Flipping unquestioned norms on their head.  Picking at the seams of tradition and best practice to see what creative potential lies beneath.  Disturbing stuck loops of common sense by moving towards that which we habitually avoid: confusion, dissonance and not knowing.

What on earth do I actually do?
My work tends to take the form of projects such as the #freeart project that aims to blur the lines between the 2D and 3D world, make people's lives more of an adventure and liberate art as something for all.  Or Inexpert 2018, a social experiment that aimed to be the opposite of TED and challenge our addiction to experts and quick fix life-hacks. Or The Imperfect Portrait Experiment that aimed to challenge the idea of what good art actually is. Or The Lab, a place for people to experiment and be experimented on in service of enlivening human beings.  Or Sound of Silence, the world's first silent podcast featuring special guests that aims to disrupt our addiction to distraction and flip the digital attention extraction economy.

And whilst I do earn money through doing talks about these adventures or running workshops on creativity, the projects themselves are all not-for-profit and are self funded.  This is important to me as profit-driven work changes the nature of everything.  And whilst I still maintain this ethos at the heart of my work I realise the limitations of self-funding it all. (So do my family!)

So this Patreon page is an experiment.  To see what happens if I open up the invitation for others to contribute to my work.  To fund my current projects and help bring to life others.  So, if you like my work in its many forms then please feel free to contribute as much or as little as you like.

A non-tier-related reward philosophy
One thing that has always been important to me in my work is accessibility in all its forms but in particular financial accessibility.  I don't believe that an individual's financial status should be a barrier to participation in any of this.   So with that in mind, whilst you are more than welcome to donate amounts between $5 and $1,000 the reward is the same for all levels:  Access to the virtual VIP backstage area and a bespoke drawing of your choice. 

  • Virtual VIP Backstage access: Updates, videos and news from me about stuff I'm working on, stuff I'm thinking of working on, stuff that goes wrong that nobody ever sees, behind the scenes of the #freeart project and Sound of Silence podcast and an opportunity to contribute to my thinking when I get stuck and need help or encouragement!  I play to post stuff as it happens but at least once every 6 weeks.
  • A bespoke hand-drawn "Imperfect Portrait" of you or a drawing of your choice when you sign up*.   To get a sense of my Imperfect Portraits you may want to watch this video. (NOTE: Whilst it will be hand-drawn it will be send to you as a hi-res digital image)
  • 10% off most of the items in my shop. (A couple of third party vendors are excluded)
  • Other spontaneous things as they occur.  Such as a CSS studio clear-out jumble sale of artwork only available to patrons that I plan to do once a year.

Your donations will fund:

  • The ongoing #freeart project bringing adventure, colour and huh? to various places around the UK/world.
  • The Sound of Silence podcast, the subsequent exhibition of silence and whatever comes next on this project.
  • New projects that I have in mind or have not thought of yet.  You will be first to know.

Many people have told me that this non-tier related reward system isn't the best way to optimise Patreon donations which simply confirms that it is the perfect way for me to use it!

So, if you want to become part of the revolution towards non-sense and join me by supporting my adventures then any amount you can afford is welcome.

With love

Steve

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NOTE: Unfortunately all transactions in Patreon are in $USD.  If you want to work out how much a $ is worth in your currency then here is a helpful site.

*One image per person per sign up.  I'll get it to you ASAP after you let me know what you'd like.  Please be aware that any resemblence between you and the portrait is totally coincidental!

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