In Search of Spacious Skies
“IN SEARCH OF SPACIOUS SKIES”
Would you like to take part in a life-changing endeavor?
I’m at an exciting crossroads, both personally and creatively. I’m 43 years old, sober for over four years, newly single, about to be homeless, and completely unanchored. Rather than sinking into despair, and in keeping true to my aesthetic philosophy, I’ve decided to see this as an opportunity for adventure, exploration, volunteerism, and artmaking. It’s time to leave Kansas City, my household, and my comfort zone, and venture out into the great unknown. So, in early May, I will strike out alone on the open road … making a full-bodied leap of faith, trusting my fate, and continuing my lifelong search for truth and beauty. Your support can help me go explore America’s landscapes, reveal its hidden splendors, befriend and help its people, and seek out moments of grace in the most unexpected of places.
I’d like for you to travel alongside me, every step of the way … together we can witness extraordinary events, meet fascinating characters, help those in need, and treasure the glories of the everyday. Towards that purpose, I intend to document my experiences, writing and videotaping and photographing as I wander at will over this marvelous continent. I will share my findings, much in the same way I did during my journeys through India and Puerto Rico. I’ll be posting regularly to my Tumblr feed ( http://coreymichaelsmithson.tumblr.com/ ) and Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/CoreyMichaelSmithson ), and eventually collecting my anecdotes into another book.
Every contribution, no matter how great or small, is profoundly appreciated. Every single buck gets me another mile down the highway.
Your gift will be returned in the form of essays, photographs, poetry, videos, and the knowledge that you are helping me distill the very essence of who I am as an artist. And your generosity will be paid forward, too, in whatever assistance I can render to others.
At the end of this odyssey, this starry vision quest, I will find my new home. Any remaining funds will be used to help me establish a residence: getting into an apartment, setting up utility bills, et cetera.
Thank you so much for your ongoing love and support. More than anything else, I’m looking forward to sharing what I discover with you. It will be as much your journey as it will be mine … please help me provide you with a window to the world.