Emerging artist Nathan Gilbert has taken art to new heights but he and his artwork will return to solid ground for his “In the Air” exhibit, scheduled to take place at the Miami Beach Art Basel Exhibition, which will be held from December 3-6. Gilbert, or NG, as he is known, captured the images himself during private helicopter tours over Miami and New York City during the summer of 2015. Gilbert is able to reveal the striking contrast that exists when an everyday urban scene is viewed from the sky, and how perception changes as a result. His Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is asking supporters to raise $$4,621 by November 22 to help with the costs of the show.
NG’s mixed media technique is unique. He selected the images in his collection, and printed and painted over some of them to serve as the featured pieces of the exhibition. The photos are printed on a stretched canvas that’s mounted on a wooden frame, just as it would be for a standard painting. But the artist then worked over the photos with paint, plaster, epoxy, and other materials to increase the level of detail and conjure the colors to come forth.
Gilbert, a 25-year old Montreal-based artist whose work has earned the respect of architects, designers, and local art enthusiasts, has always been fascinated by cities and urban design. For some, the presence of a building indicates definitive structure, but for Gilbert and the perspective of an interior designer that he brings to his art, the human element is as much a part of the foundation as the actual physical materials. His talent and his youth have inspired him to seek new directions for art, which is why he created his own artistic movement, The Urbanist Art, early in his career. His abilities and his artistic eye have garnered him a prime location in an Old Montreal art gallery, a spot he’s had since he was 20 years old, which makes him the youngest artist who’s represented in the area.
Gilbert applies the bounty of his art not merely to gallery showings but also for charity. During the past three years, over $30,000 CAD of his work has been sold at auctions, with the profits from the sales donated to charitable organizations that benefit the community and people in need.
Crowdfunding support will help with the costs of transporting the artwork from Montreal to Miami; renting space for the exhibit; publicity; catering for the guests; and lodging and airfare for Gilbert and an assistant. This is not NG’s first art exhibit. He knows the risks and challenges, but thanks to his previous experience, he’s adept at managing the many details that go into the process. He understands that, for this campaign, two things need to be kept in focus: the artwork must never be compromised, and the deadlines must be respected.
The art that’s “In the Air” starts with traction on the ground through crowdfunding support. Crowdfunding supporters will receive exclusive and unique content from the photo collections that were used to create the exhibition. “Keep in mind,” says Gilbert, “that every reward is unique, and that any images used for this project will only be printed in limited quantities.” If you’re looking for a way to support an artistic campaign and take the opportunity to invest in art, the “In the Air” Kickstarter project is one that will allow you to accomplish both goals.