In addition to the many ways of donating funds to the Red Cross and other relief organizations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, benefit editions are already being offered as a way of raising funds for cleanup and rebuilding efforts. Earlier this week gallerist Jen Bekman‘s online prints outlet 20×200 launched a benefit print — a NASA satellite image of Earth the day before the storm hit the mid-Atlantic (detail above, with prices ranging from $60-2,400) — sales of which will all go to benefit the American Red Cross’s Sandy relief efforts, and this morning new media artist Man Bartlett launched a Sandy relief photo edition of his own.
Bartlett’s print, “Pedestals (Totem),” is available for $50 within the U.S. and shows an Ellsworth Kelly-esque column of pedestals that the artist created in his studio at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts during a residency there. The temporary sculpture stretches up towards a skylight, an optimistic image in such a dark moment. Half of the proceeds from sales of the print will go to Sandy relief efforts, the artist writes, while “the other 50% will go towards paying my November rent.”
“I am trying to survive as best I can,” Bartlett wrote in an email accompanying the print announcement. “Trying to pay the bills in as timely a manner as possible. But I’m also highly conscious of a moral obligation to help the recovery efforts in whatever way I can. And I don’t feel this just as an obligation, but as a genuine desire. Yet I’ve been so stressed in trying to make rent that I haven’t been able to do much else except freak out and give myself a migraine.”
We will update this post as more benefit print projects are announced.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Image: detail from “Blue Marble (Sandy Benefit Edition)” by 20×200 Artist Fund, courtesy 20×200.)