Amanda Palmer Brought Her Traveling Art Party to Her L.A. Kickstarter Backers
On Thursday night, Amanda Palmer brought her traveling art party to Los Angeles' Pop tART Gallery. One of only six such events Palmer was throwing in the United States and Europe, the party was exclusively for people who donated at least $300 to her wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.
Liz Ohanesian Kickstarter backers Jeremy Douglass and Holly Rushing meet Amanda Palmer.
Holly Rushing was one of the handful of fans who donated to attend the event. She pledged the $300 for herself and then an extra $150 so that she could bring her husband. The couple drove up to Los Angeles from San Diego to attend. Rushing says that, before she pledged, she wondered if she could pull together a $5,000 donation for a private house party with Palmer.
"I don't think Amanda Palmer would be cool with me taking on credit card debt and paying money to the man," says Rushing. "That's not really the spirit of this."
Back in May, musician/artist Palmer made a splash when she eschewed the proper record label system and took to Kickstarter to crowdsource funding for her forthcoming album. She smashed through her $100,000 goal and, by the end of the month, raised more than $1 million. The idea wasn't to give Palmer all your money, it was to do what you can. Even donors who pledged $1 will receive a digital download of the album with bonus content exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign.
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Much has been written about Palmer's phenomenal success, about her early adoption of social media and crowdsourcing platforms (this wasn't her first Kickstarter campaign), and how that's empowered her to move forward without the traditional backing of a label. But Palmer's success has little to do with the fact that she's really good at using Twitter. If you have seen her live, then you know Palmer is popular because she's downright inspirational.
"Her team is really dedicated to the show, which is inspiring. Really inspiring," says Phyliss Navidad, owner of Pop tART. "It makes me want to go and do more things back to back."
The gallery owner refers to Palmer's work as performance art. "This is probably the most accomplished art piece we've ever done before," says Navidad. "It's the most accomplished of its time, of my time anyway."