Happy Summer to all.

This beautiful season is finally here and I hope things are opening up for everyone. I have exciting news about a photography/folk art/public art project that I started documenting many years ago. I shelved it for years and then my good friend Bill Swislow took the baton and ran with it. Bill has written and produced a wonderful book, LAKEFRONT ANONYMOUS, which features many of my photos as well as Bill's. The book includes an article I wrote in the 90's reproduced from RAWVISION magazine, along with new thoughts on this project 30 years later.

I'm writing now to let you know that Bill and I have started a Kickstarter campaign to help produce this book. Please check out the link to LAKEFRONT ANONYMOUS, which explains the project, and why you will surely want to help support this endeavor. Please consider supporting this publication. It will just take a few minutes.

In the link you will see some examples of the carvings if you are not familiar. We want you to be as excited about this accessible public artwork as we are. My heart would pound when I would find a new carving to document. The individual examples seem to be neverending and are eccentric and painstakingly executed folk art. It also is true that many areas have been destroyed and more areas in Hyde Park will face the same fate.

Don Di Sante has designed the book and laid it out beautifully. He is an artist who I showed at Packer Schopf, and is discreet with his graphic aesthetics, so paging through this book will always be a pleasure. When it's on your coffee table people will be surprised.

Please consider supporting the Kickstarter campaign. If you are able, we hope you will make a greater donation for the production of this book, in a quantity that will have an impact on public awareness of this mostly unknown art.

You can find the Kickstarter page here with full details, including the premiums we are offering for higher levels of support.


Thank you for your time. Read on!

Best, Aron