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Temple of Art: The Documentary

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Temple of Art: The Documentary
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824 backers pledged $80,062.00 on Kickstarter

A documentary film two years in the making, providing an insightful look into the lives and inspiration of over fifty prolific artists.

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01// Film & Book

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BOOK (SIGNED)
The Temple of Art book, featuring all of the finished work from the artists. Co-produced by Baby ... more »
$60.00
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BOOK (LIMITED EDITION)
The Temple of Art book, featuring all of the finished work from the artists. Co-produced by Baby ... more »
$100.00
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DVD
Temple of Art documentary film DVD
$25.00
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DOWNLOAD: THE FILM
Temple of Art documentary film HD digital download.
$9.99
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DOWNLOAD: THE E-BOOK
The Temple of Art book PDF, featuring art by Allan Amato and over fifty artists, including Dave M... more »
$5.00

02// Shirts

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SHIRT: BARRON STOREY "PROCEED"
Barron Storey "Proceed" T-Shirt by Barron Storey
$25.00

03// Posters & Prints

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PRINT: TEMPLE OF ART POSTER
11x17 Temple of Art poster by Stephanie Inagaki featuring David Mack
$15.00
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PRINT: JUNKO MIZUNO
9x12 print by Junko Mizuno & Allan Amato
$25.00
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PRINT: BILL SIENKIEWICZ/NEIL GAIMAN
9x12 print by Bill Sienkiewicz & Allan Amato, featuring Neil Gaiman
$25.00
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PRINT: DAVID MACK LOST IN YOUR TRANSLATION #1, #2, & #3
9x12 prints by David Mack & Allan Amato, featuring Stephanie Inagaki: LOST IN YOUR TRANSLATIO... more »
$10.00

04// Packages

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PACKAGES: DAVID MACK ARTIST EDITION BOOK AND ORIGINAL ART: "ELISABETH"
An original 18x24 brush and ink piece by David Mack, packaged together with a super limited Artis... more »
$1,000.00

05// Original Art

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ORIGINAL ART: DADUSHIN "ATOLL"
Original art piece, "Atoll" by Dadushin
$120.00
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ORIGINAL ART: ZAK/SATINE: EXQUISITE CORPSE #11
Satine Phoenix, interpreted by Zak Smith and Jon Schnepp. Original photo by Allan Amato. 16x20, s... more »
$500.00
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ORIGINAL ART: JIM MAHFOOD/STEPHANIE INAGAKI: EXQUISITE CORPSE #4
Jim Mahfood's interpretation of Stephanie Inagaki. Original photo by Allan Amato. 16x20, signed b... more »
$600.00
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ORIGINAL ART: DAVID MACK/JIM MAHFOOD/JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER: EXQUISITE CORPSE #12
David Mack, interpreted by Jim Mahfood and Jason Shawn Alexander. Original photo by Allan Amato. ... more »
$750.00
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ORIGINAL ART: CHRISTINE WU/SOEY MILK/SATINE PHOENIX: EXQUISITE CORPSE #13
Christine Wu, interpreted by Soey Milk and Satine Phoenix. Original photo by Allan Amato. 16x20, ... more »
$600.00
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ORIGINAL ART: JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER / SOEY MILK: EXQUISITE CORPSE #14
Jason Shawn Alexander, interpreted by Soey Milk and Hikari Shimoda. Original photo by Allan Amato... more »
$500.00
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ORIGINAL ART: SOEY MILK / JIM MAHFOOD / JON SCHNEPP / SATINE PHOENIX: EXQUISITE CORPSE #17
Soey Milk, interpreted by Jim Mahfood, Jon Schnepp and Satine Phoenix. Original photo by Allan Am... more »
$600.00
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ORIGINAL ART: STEPHANIE INAGAKI/DAVID MACK MIXED MEDIA #19
Stephanie Inagaki, interpreted by David Mack. Original photo by Allan Amato.
$800.00
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ORIGINAL ART: SATINE PHOENIX 16x20 #20
Original art by Satine Phoenix. Original photo by Allan Amato. 16x20, available framed or unframed.
$750.00
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ORIGINAL ART: BARRON STOREY "PROCEED" PAPER PLANE
These "Proceed" pieces by Barron Storey were all custom made for the Temple of Art "Paper Planes"... more »
$25.00

Learn About Our Project:

Preorder HERE or get more info HERE!




THE PROJECT:

                                                                                                                                           

Since early 2012 I have been photographing fine artists and inviting them to interpret those portraits through their particular medium. An artist’s work can act as both bridge and barrier; at once deeply personal and highly distorted; the lens through which we present our perception of the world, and the world that in turn interprets us.

As a full-time photographer I engage in a daily meditation on art as a spiritual and alchemical practice; that nevertheless demands relentless hustle and a pathological immunity to rejection. During the shoots I found myself asking the artists about their processes and motivations, and drawing comparisons with my own approach to photography and portraiture. But how best to surround and consummate the conversations, the artists and the Work?

The TEMPLE OF ART documentary will provide an insightful look into the lives of some of our favorite working artists by following the progress of the collaborations from conception to completion, alongside interviews with the artists themselves. Not to mention our panel at this year’s Comic Con, the opening at La Luz de Jesus, the Baby Tattoo book launch, and future events designed to gather the artists together to talk about what informs, inspires, and motivates them. And how they’ve hacked a life that is both sustained and intensified by making art.

Rarely are we given an opportunity to confront our perceptions of reality and self; this film will illuminate the universal tension between the pursuit of our vision and the demands of a critical and implacable world.” – Allan Amato

 Including: Barron Storey,  Bill Sienkiewicz,  Brian Thies, Christian Shillito, Christine Wu, Coop, Dadushin, Dan Quintana, Danni Shinya, Dave McKean, Dave Stoupakis, David Mack, Dongyun Lee, Dorian Iten, Gail Potocki, Greg Ruth, Hueman, Jasmine Worth, Jason Shawn Alexander, JAW Cooper, Jenna Gibson, Jensine Eckwall, Jim Mahfood, John Malloy, Jon Burgerman, Junko Mizuno, Justin Volz, Karen Hsiao, Kellesimone Waits, Ken Garduno, Kent Williams, Kozyndan, Kurt Huggins, Kyle Stecker, Marc Scheff, Matthew Bone, Matthew Levin, Nicole Maloof, Ping Zhu, Rebecca Guay, Roman Dirge, Rovina Cai, Satine Phoenix, Scott Fischer, Shaun Berke, Soey Milk, Stephanie Inagaki, Teresa Fischer, Vincent Castiglia, You Jung Byun, Zak Sabbath Smith, Zelda Devon

                                                                       
                                                              

Download the press kit at TempleofArt.net!

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#1 David Mack Sumi-e
#1 David Mack Sumi-e
#2 Jim Mahfood by Jim Mahfood, Jason Shawn Alexander and Jon Schnepp
#2 Jim Mahfood by Jim Mahfood, Jason Shawn Alexander and Jon Schnepp
#3 Neil Gaiman by Jim Mahfood, Jason Shawn Alexander and Amanda Palmer
#3 Neil Gaiman by Jim Mahfood, Jason Shawn Alexander and Amanda Palmer
#4 Stephanie Inagaki by Jim Mahfood
#4 Stephanie Inagaki by Jim Mahfood
#5 JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER
#5 JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER
#6 GREG RUTH
#6 GREG RUTH
#7 DAVE MCKEAN
#7 DAVE MCKEAN
#8 BARRON STOREY
#8 BARRON STOREY
LIMITED EDITION SDCC CATALOG
LIMITED EDITION SDCC CATALOG
TOA poster of David Mack by Stephanie Inagaki
TOA poster of David Mack by Stephanie Inagaki
TOA Tshirt
TOA Tshirt

THE STORY 

In February of 2012, I photographed David Mack, the visionary writer and artist behind Kabuki. The images that resulted were and continue to be some of my all time favorites, and we both got along fantastically due largely to our rugged, yet strangely vulnerable good looks. I felt compelled to do a little brushwork in photoshop to one of the shots, but thought to myself (though I believe I was moving my lips at the time) - how cool would it be if David painted over the image itself, thereby making it one of a kind, rather than an infinitely reproducible digital file? What if I could get him to paint dutifully on forty or fifty of my other portraits, then have a grand gallery show, and a book; and be revered not only as the best portrait photographer born on july 18th, but as a pioneer of an entirely new and undiscovered medium that combined both fine art and photography? Ok, so the pioneer bit references the fact that I like to pretend I’m the only photographer on the planet, like I Am Legend, only the zombie vampires are, in this case, my dutiful assistants. And clients as well, I guess, since everyone else is dead... Shortly thereafter, David brought the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz to the studio, and what began as an attempt to enslave David for the next decade as my indentured artist and all round valet, became the germ for Temple of Art, which has at last count enslaved and/or encouraged over 50 artists to sit for a portrait with me, then drawing, collaging, painting, etc on the final printed image. The brave men and women in question vary in discipline, as much as I do in weight class; pillars of the comics industry like Dave Mckean, David Mack and Bill Sienkiewicz rubbing hot glued and ink dusted elbows with fine art giants Kent Williams, Barron Storey and Jason Shawn Alexander. And many more creators so redolent of talent and audacity, you can smell it in outer space. By merging the objectivity of portrait photography with the subjectivity of drawing, painting, and sculpture, the artist is contextualized within the constructed reality of their own work.

Temple of Art already has an array of flourishing and highly mobile parts; an incredible co-producer for the book in Baby Tattoo, (which means as a standalone reward, you know you’ll be receiving a book of exceptional quality discounted from the retail price and shipped to you first) and a show in december at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, along with another next year at an undisclosed and thereby secret location in New York. Not to mention a sizeable presence at this year’s Comic Con. But despite the success of the project visually, I was still slightly obsessed with the conversations taking place beneath it, fueling the discourse between myself and my collaborators. 

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