Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

No Exit

No Exit, Oil & Acrylic, 24x36.  I posted No Exit previously; however, a viewer stated it reminded her of ketchup, mustard and mayo.  I couldn't get those condiments out of my head, therefore I had to rework it.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

No Exit

No Exit, Oil & Acrylic, 24x36.  No Exit is a statement of our entrapment with seemingly no resolve.  Boxed in, in an urban/suburban life.  Boxed in, in boring jobs, poor education, bad politics, high prices.  Boxed in with our automobiles.  Need I go on? 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Venue for Show

Yesterday I was kicking myself.  Today, I'm kicking up my heels.  I found a venue for the show at the conclusion of my Kickstarter project, Urban Abstract Experience.  Actually, the owner, of the venue, Maria found me.  Maria visited Art at the Main Gallery in Salt Lake City with the goal of discovering contemporary art that would fit with her dance studio, DFDance Studio.  She likes my work!  Maria is planning an event in early December to occur during "Black Sheep Stroll."  I must be one of the black sheep - I'll accept that. Anyway, the event will include original art,  music, and ballroom dancing, not to mention refreshments.  Sounds like a fantastic evening.  I agreed to hang my work from December 2 through the 16.

Additionally, I requested to have a show of my work for the Urban Abstract Experience to occur in January (date yet to be selected).  Maria agreed.  I've got to get to work in the studio - no time to waste.  I'm excited and like I said "kicking up my heels."

Thursday, November 3, 2011

39 Days Left

39 DAYS LEFT to reach my funding goal of $10,143.  Unfortunately, pledges are not just rolling in.  In fact, I only have six backers, two of which are family.  Am I disappointed?  Hell yes!  Am I whining and feeling sorry for myself?  Probably.  Don't take me wrong, I am very thankful for my six backers.  Thank you backers.  You are listed in my blog  I also am thankful for my two sponsors, Art at the Main and Intermountain Financial Advisers, Inc. who are also listed on the blog.

At this point, what can I do?  I've used Facebook, Twitter, Google+,  personal emails, and postcards to announce the launch of my project.  I have sent press releases to the Salt Lake Tribune and City Weekly.   According to Kickstarter's guidelines, I cannot reduce my funding goal; I cannot change the awards for the various levels.  I have probably been too aggressive with both the budget and the awards.  My wife and I had fun making a good video.  I have an unusual project.  I believe in me and my work.

In spite of the current status of the project, I continue to paint and create my urban abstracts.  I'm working on four paintings to add to the nineteen I've already completed.  I plan to have a show of these works even if I don't receive all the funding (remember, if all the funding is not received, the project dies).  I will not be deterred however.  I stubbornly press on.

If you can, I welcome your pledges.  If you cannot, please spread the word; your support is welcome.

Thank you,  Jerry

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Hunter, from the Creekside Petroglyphs, Acrylics and Pea Pebbles on Panel Board, 24x18.

I found 18 contemporary petroglyphs while biking the Jordan River Parkway in a pedestrian underpass.  This is the first I recreated.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Window Dressing

I just finished another painting for the Urban Abstract Experience, my Kickstarter project.
Window Dressing is actually a painting within a painting.

Collage, Acrylic, and Tape

Saturday, October 15, 2011

58 Days to Go for Urban Abstract Experience, a Kickstarter Project

58 Days to Go!  Then my project, Urban Abstract Experience, will close.   If I don't receive the total amount of my proposed budget, the project will die.

I need your help!  Please pledge.

Thank you.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Drum Roll... Kickstarter Project Launching October 14, 2011

I finally completed all my tasks for my Kickstarter project, Urban Abstract Experience.  It was touch and go there for awhile.  I had to make a video and encountered several problems which I created myself.  Has anyone else ever done that.  I spent one whole day troubleshooting and at last found my errors.

I then took an "imovies" workshop at the Apple Store.  It helped.  I then spent another entire day in productive work and finished the video.  This morning, I loaded it into the Kickstarter template for the the world to see.

I'm launching the project at 12:01 a.m., MST,  on October 14, 2011...  that is, if I can either stay up that late or drag myself out of bed.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rusting Out, 6th West, Salt Lake City UT

Rusting Out, 6th West, Acrylic, 36x24.

I found this abstract in downtown Salt Lake City across from the                
railyard.  It's actually a rusting tank.  I finished this painting yesterday which puts me on schedule for the project.

Sponsors: Art at the Main and Intermountain Financial Advisers


As a member artist, Art at the Main Gallery (210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City UT) became one of my project sponsors.

Intermountain Financial Advisers in Midvale, UT (801-755-4799) also became a sponsor of the project.

Friday, October 7, 2011

15 Bytes, Utah's Art Magazine, Interview about Project

Technology Spotlight
Kickstarting the Urban Abstract Experience
Jerry Hardesty harnesses the internet to fund an art project 

Renaissance artists had the Catholic church and wealthy patrons to fund their art projects. 
Jerry Hardesty has nearly 5,000 Facebook friends and the Kickstarter community. Who
needs a patron with millions when the Internet allows easy access to thousands of people 
who just might want to invest as little as $5 to be part of your creative process?

My, how times have changed.

When painter Jerry Hardesty heard about Kickstarter, an online service that helps 
creative types find investors for projects, he could immediately see its application to 
visual art projects he dreams of doing. Hardesty submitted a proposal to fund a project 
he calls the “Urban Abstract Experience,” a collection of paintings and 3-D works inspired 
by sidewalk drawings, graffiti, faded signs, decomposing posters, and abandoned buildings 
he found in and around Salt Lake City. He used his camera to document more than 100 
of these images for some future collection of paintings. As he posted some of the 
photographs to his Facebook page, he found they resonated with his readers. This 
validated his desire to “preserve” the images before the elements wash them away 
by using them as inspiration for a series of abstract paintings.

While most visual artists bear all the expense of creating works for an exhibition and 
then pray that sales cover costs, Hardesty sees this as another model, one that may
 “generate more interest in my art work. I think this is a unique project and that, in
 itself, may generate interest,” he says.

Kickstarter accepted Hardesty’s proposal. Some 40 percent of proposals are not 
accepted, so he is elated. But that’s just the beginning of a long and arduous process 
that most artists would find daunting. First he had to thoroughly envision his outcome, 
his budget, and the steps it will take to get there. If that sounds a lot like a business 
plan, it is. Do you know many painters who like to do business plans? Perhaps it’s 
Hardesty’s business background (various positions at Union Pacific Railroad) that 
provided the confidence and stamina to tackle such a challenge.

Hardesty “attended” the online Kickstarter school to learn best practices for a 
successful project. This includes defining the pledge levels for donors and coming
up with an award structure for each investor at each level – from a letter of heartfelt 
thanks and invitation to the exhibition, to a copy of a book he intends to publish and
limited edition prints.

Hardesty will officially launch his funding campaign on October 14, after which he can 
take as long as 60 days to gather pledges. Donors send money to Kickstarter, which 
puts it into an Amazon account from which Hardesty may draw funding as needed.
The catch is that if he doesn’t meet his funding goal, all the money must be 
returned to donors. The incentive, clearly, is to set funding goals as low as possible. 
With that in mind, most Kickstarter entrepreneurs fund about half their budget with 
their own resources.

A look at the painting section of the Kickstarter projects described on its web site, 
reveals some projects with little or no pledges while others have achieved more than
100 percent of their goals. The difference may be in the quality of the art, the creativity 
of the project, and how well the artist promotes the campaign.

Hardesty is already planting the seeds – a “soft launch” he calls it – on Facebook and 
on his blog. On October 14, the projected launch day, his readers will get the details 
about how to invest and what they get for their investment. Those benefits, in addition 
to “heartfelt thanks” include things like an opportunity to name the book that will 
document the project or to submit a photographic urban image that Hardesty will paint 
and have printed on a greeting card for the donor. T-shirts, sets of cards, limited edition 
prints, and an autographed book are among the other donor awards.

One of the complicated parts of the planning process is “to match the pledge levels with 
the awards you’re giving and figure out what your budget is based on that,” says 
Hardesty. This requires a lot of research to determine the cost of producing the awards 
and making sure you make a profit in the end.

Then there are all the other costs involved: materials, marketing, exhibit space, printing, 
and hired help, to name a few. Kickstarter takes 5 percent of the budget and Amazon 
charges 3.2 percent for serving as banker for the project. Hardesty estimates he’s spent 
more than 60 hours on research and planning thus far.

Of course, creating new works for an exhibit is at the core of the project. Hardesty, 
whose works are acrylic or mixed media on panel, has completed two paintings so far 
and estimates he will produce at least one painting per week between now and January, 
when he plans to exhibit the work. He is still exploring various exhibition venues.

Hardesty plans to use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google Plus to reach prospective 
donors. If those contacts forward his pitch to their networks, he may benefit from that
oh-so-desirable viral potential of the Internet. In addition, the advantage of using 
Kickstarter is that they have about 300 people who consistently donate to projects 
they like. Hardesty hopes they will like his.

Hardesty is part of the co-op gallery Art at the Main, in the atrium of the downtown 
library building. He has also had shows at Beans and Brew, Barnes and Noble, and other 
venues around the Salt Lake valley. Though mostly self-taught, Hardesty has taken 
classes and workshops from several area artists including John Hughes, Susan Gallacher, 
and Steven Sheffield. He began painting in the ‘70s but his career in the railroad industry 
took priority. Then, after surviving two strokes and two heart attacks, in 2006 he retired
early and took up painting again. Though he began with landscapes and other 
representational subjects, he has evolved as an abstract expressionist whose work is 
characterized by bold color, texture, expressive lines, and adventurous combinations 
of materials.

Kickstarter may not be the right business model for every artist or every project, 
but it’s still enough of a novelty that it promises better than average promotional 
opportunities. For the right project, it may be worth all the extra effort to bend the 
right-brained artist to the required business tasks.

To follow Hardesty’s project or become part of his donor base, stay tuned to his blog 
posts or look up his Facebook page

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

7th & State

7th & State is the second painting for the project.  My friend, Circlegal, painted the side of an abandoned building in Salt Lake. The colors and simple stick figures attracted me for a long time before I painted the picture of the building.  The painting will eventually disappear, especially if someone leases the building...  it's already showing signs of weathering and stress.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Photographer for 15 Bytes

Jared Christensen, a photographer with Utah's Art Magazine, "15 Bytes," made a visit to my studio this afternoon.  He took several photos to include with the article about Urban Abstract Experience to be published in the next issue.

Friday, September 30, 2011


This is me reworking Rooftop for the Urban Abstract Experience project.  The lower photo is the finished painting.  I found this urban abstract atop the roof of the main library in Salt Lake City.  Mixed media, 20x16.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Construction of Cradled Panels

My good friend, Tom Grover, helped me construct cradled panels for the Urban Abstract Experience project.  Tom has all the right tools as well as knowledge and skill.  I assisted with my limited ability in that area.  Dang!  I forgot to take his picture for the blog.  Next time.  Thanks Tom.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

15 Bytes, Utah's Art Magazine

Sue Martin interviewed me about Urban Abstract Experience, my Kickstarter project, for "15 Bytes, Utah's Art Magazine."  The article is to be published in the next issue of 15 Bytes.  Look for it next week at  If you're not a subscriber, do so at that time.

Sue is an accomplished artist, writer and speaker.  Actually she's a jack of all trades.

Thanks Sue.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

At Home Depot

Tevita, at Home Depot cut a 4x8 foot sheet of particle board into 18x24" panel boards for me to use in the project, Urban Abstract Experience.  I asked Tevita if I could take his picture.  He said sure...  had never had anyone ask to do that at Home Depot.

Monday, September 26, 2011


Library Rooftop

I shot this photo atop the Main Library in Salt Lake City.  I am now reworking a painting which will be the first painting in the series for the Urban Abstract Experience.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kickstarter Project

Kickstarter is a form of crowd funding. According to Wikipedia, it is "the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Crowd funding occurs for any variety of purposes, from disaster relief to citizen journalism to artists seeking support form fans, to political campaigns, to funding a startup company or small business or creating free software."
The Urban Abstract Experience is a result of discovering sidewalk drawings, graffiti, faded signs, decomposing posters, and abandoned buildings. Do you remember any that you have passed? You may remember their location, but do you remember how they looked? Maybe not. Unfortunately, many of these will be removed before they are saved.
Through the Urban Abstract Experience a small percentage of these images will be preserved and spark an interest in the value these images as potential artworks.
Watch for the launch of the project on October 14, 2011!