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Posted on: January 10, 2019

Daydream Analysis

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With the generous grant from the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, my collaboration with Kira fox titled “Daydream” successfully displayed from November 30th through December 16th in Elgin’s, Side Street Studio Arts. “Daydream” closed the spaces exhibition season for 2018 and gave a sneak peek into the new and exciting energy the space will showcase in 2019. As FM Design we decided to mix illustrative 2D visual art and interactive 3D installation in an attempt to lead the viewer into the quirky and offbeat minds of FM Design. Exploring the positive and negative ideas that come with daydreaming our mission reflected the growing pains when pursuing a career in the arts. Our successful opening reception also featured the music of Dian Amar with Dan Bradley and Matt Vaughn-Braun from the band Foresight which perfectly complemented the atmosphere that night adding another dimension of immersion to our show. The work Kira Fox and I premiered in Side Street Studio Arts was only possible by removing the restriction of budget through the $1000 individual artist grant awarded to us in late September. We used the grant money for the purchase in fine art and promotional material, as well as paying our music collaborators for their wonderful performances. “Daydream” was able to go far beyond what we thought our individual budgets at the time would have allowed. With that we were able to explore our concept to our fullest potential. FM Design is dedicated to collaboration and interactive design for the Elgin area and we believe we successfully displayed that in the space. We hoped the application we submitted showcased the passion and dedication Kira and I have for the arts and for the city of Elgin. Thank you to the City of Elgin and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission for investment in its young artist through grants like this one. Written by Individual Artist Grant Recipient, Adrian Mesino. Apply for an Individual Artist Grant by visiting the ECAC’s website:

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