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Midamerican Fever Dream

Like burls on a tree, twisting and gnarled, the vignettes in Midamerican Fever Dream show us the dark beauty of scars, resilience and awkward healing. With the camera, we cut into four characters' inner worlds as they undergo a transformative experience of theatrical self-reflection. In a fresh and innovative use of transmedia storytelling Midamerican Fever Dream will be released over four 'Waves'. The story will unfold across ten 1/1 NFTs, ten 1/1 physical-only artworks, and a 250 edition Doppelgänger-enabled collection powered by Transient Labs that will bring collectors along for a dynamic and evolving journey with each new Wave. Together, the collection asks questions that pry into the cliches of cultural dogma, the delicate nature of family dynamics, and the quest for personal change in a feverishly normative landscape.

Wave One: Theatre of Salt and Stone
A 1/1 English auction and a 250 Doppelgänger edition fixed-price mint.
December 5th, 2023 9AM PST
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April 2024
Wave ONE

Theatre of Salt and Stone

Wave One of Midamerican Fever Dream is the inciting incident of this unfolding story: a matriarch performs a ritual in a stone tunnel. Instructions for invoking change are written to her from an unseen grandmother figure in the 1940’s, a similar period of stress, change and growing industry.  The ritual invokes the four directions, the four elements, the four seasons. Each character needs to heal, but healing is complex and different for each of them, and perhaps not all will accept the medicine.

Theatre of Salt and Stone

Theatre of Salt and Stone will run as an English auction and will be open to the public. PROOF Collective Pass holders receive a 5% rebate on the final sale price of the auction. The auction will open December 5th at 9AM PST. If the reserve price is not met by December 7th at 9AM PST, the work will remain unsold.

Numerology 44

Numerology 44 is a 250-piece collection powered by the Transient Labs Doppelgänger contract. New artwork will be added to this collection with each new Wave. This will be a fixed-price mint with two mint phases opening on December 5th at 9AM PST. Minting concludes on December 7th at 9AM PST or at sell-out. PROOF will mint 6 tokens for the artist and treasury. PROOF will conduct a snapshot on December 4th to determine eligibility for Phase 1 minting.

Theatre of Salt and Stone
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Theatre of Salt and Stone

Judith: for when you are in your winter and in need of deep change in direction and spirit. The ritual I’ve drawn is best practiced on a waning or new moon... Starts on December 5th, 9AM PST

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Bid history

Reserve price:

0.044
ETH
Auction not yet started

Numerology 44

North: Winter, Sleep, Dream, Jaw bone, the book, pillar of crystal, cough syrup, dice

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Mint price:

0.22
ETH
Mint not yet started
Total supply: 250

Phase 1: PROOF Collective Pass holders

Holders of the PROOF Collective Pass have exclusive 4-hour access or until sell-out. There will be one (1) mint allowance per pass. Delegate.xyz V1 is supported.

Starts on: December 5th 9AM PST
Mint price: 0.01 ETH

Phase 2: Public

Mint opens to the public.

Starts on: December 5th 1PM PST
Mint price: 0.01 ETH

Purchase history

INTERVIEW

Interview with Summer Wagner

Please tell us about the process of creating this body of work and how Mid American Fever Dream came to fruition. Midamerican Fever Dream started as many of my ideas do--in my notes app or journal. I had been dreaming for quite some time about a body of work that captured the midwest through the perspective of different characters, particularly a crone character, an old woman on the brink of disillusionment rediscovering her strength. I knew I wanted the context to be in the post-industrial midwest. The ideas started emerging around 2021, and slowly formed into drawings and fragments of lore and collections of thrifted or found objects around the house. I began casting late 2022 and started to shoot the series in Spring of 2023. I had a breakdown of all of the characters and their corresponding scenes and how they would all tie together. I worked with an assistant director (my close friend Megan Devine) and a gaffer for a majority of the scenes, making this my first series utilizing a team of people to create a body of work.  This series is being released in four waves every 44 days as an anthology. What differentiates this kind of storytelling from your previous exhibitions? My previous two collections, The In-Between and The Parody of a Tangled Thread, were large bodies of work with overarching visual themes and storylines that intersect and merge to create a sort of visual poetry. Midamerican Fever Dream has a more distinct set of characters who are experiencing transformation through consecutive moments. There is essentially a process they are undergoing. I want people to have time to dive into each wave and feel immersed in the mysteries in the same way that the characters might be experiencing their own journey. 

Your work often explores Americana, magical thinking, and the exploration of memory. Why does it feel important for you to release this work right now? What is your work saying about life in America at this particular moment in time? In truth, the first character I truly discovered while writing this story was the landscape of the post-industrial midwest. The rustbelt. The history of the rustbelt is that of abandonment, struggle, and mutilated memory in the form of old buildings in overgrown fields. When industry left the midwest in the 80’s to pursue cheaper labor across seas, cities like Detroit and Rockford, IL became hinterlands. The capitalist order that kept the single-income family unit functioning like a tight machine of productivity and social reproduction deteriorated over the last 40 years. People who were once proud to hold a factory job that could feed a whole family are now working perpetual temp jobs, mothers forced to hold multiple jobs and raise kids, often alone. The interesting thing to me is that when people see these spaces, they often glorify the memory of what they once were, but I’ve come to think of the rustbelt’s story arch as a sort of abandoned father wound. The industrial powers left people without the means to uphold the illusion of the American dream, while being forced to pretend it was still a viable or attainable way to live. A fever dream lasting almost half a century, manifested in the lives of individuals and families forced into a pathological normal way of life, surrounded by the ghosts and bones of an old world they pretend is still alive. But, from those ashes emerges an ancient story of rebirth, new growth and self-discovery. But, only if those immersed are willing to discover a new way of life, and heal from the wounds of the past. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your artistic career thus far? The most rewarding aspect of my artistic career has been the absolutely exuberant feeling of learning the craft. It’s like the thrill of climbing trees, the higher you go into a certain idea or aspect, the more risks you take and the more skill you need to go to those places. Exploring the world in this way is one of my greatest joys in life. What’s next for you and your art? What are you excited about for the rest of the year? In this last month, I made a big move to LA in order to pursue further refining my craft in the fine art world with printed works, as we’ll see in this body of work, and also in filmmaking. In 2024 I plan to spend the majority of my time writing, developing new techniques and relaxing in nature with loved ones.

Artifact #4
PROOF + Summer Wagner

PROOF Artifact #4

PROOF Artifact #4 is a celebration of Midamerican Fever Dream, Summer Wagner’s first solo release with PROOF. The total supply of Artifact #4 is 1005: 5 for the artist and PROOF, and 1000 available to collectors.

Phase 1: PROOF Collective Pass holders

PROOF Collective Pass has exclusive access to Artifact #4 for a 4-hour window.

Starts on: December 5th 9AM PST
Mint price: 0.01 ETH

Phase 2: Public

No authentication is required to mint in Phase 2.

Starts on: December 5th 1PM PST
Mint price: 0.01 ETH
PROOF CURATED

Midamerican Fever Dream

Like burls on a tree, twisting and gnarled, the vignettes in Midamerican Fever Dream show us the dark beauty of scars, resilience and awkward healing. With the camera, we cut into four characters' inner worlds as they undergo a transformative experience of theatrical self-reflection. In a fresh and innovative use of transmedia storytelling Midamerican Fever Dream will be released over four 'Waves'. The story will unfold across ten 1/1 NFTs, ten 1/1 physical-only artworks, and a 119 edition Doppelgänger-enabled collection powered by Transient Labs that will bring collectors along for a dynamic and evolving journey with each new Wave. Together, the collection asks questions that pry into the cliches of cultural dogma, the delicate nature of family dynamics, and the quest for personal change in a feverishly normative landscape.

Wave One
A 1/1 English auction and a 119 Doppelgänger edition fixed-price mint.
December 5th, 2023
Wave Two
Four fixed-price 1/1 works.
January 18th, 2024
Wave Three
Four fixed-price 1/1 works.
March 2nd, 2024
Wave Three
Ten fixed price physical-only works.
April 15th, 2024

Wave Three

This collection includes a series of four artworks utilizing the Transient Labs Doppelgänger contract. In each wave of Midamerican Fever Dream, a new artwork is added. At the conclusion of the series, token holders will have access to four artworks by Summer Wagner. Collectors may select the desired image below, then click “Update on Etherscan.” The selected image will be reflected on your user profile and marketplaces. Please make sure you’re logged in with the Doppelgänger edition in your wallet. While the sale of the Midamerican Fever Dream Dopplegänger edition is now closed, collectors may acquire the Collection Series on secondary.

Wave Two

This collection includes a series of four artworks utilizing the Transient Labs Doppelgänger contract. In each wave of Midamerican Fever Dream, a new artwork is added. At the conclusion of the series, token holders will have access to four artworks by Summer Wagner. Collectors may select the desired image below, then click “Update on Etherscan.” The selected image will be reflected on your user profile and marketplaces. Please make sure you’re logged in with the Doppelgänger edition in your wallet. While the sale of the Midamerican Fever Dream Dopplegänger edition is now closed, collectors may acquire the Collection Series on secondary.

Wave One

Wave One of Midamerican Fever Dream is the inciting incident of this unfolding story: a matriarch performs a ritual in a stone tunnel. Instructions for invoking change are written to her from an unseen grandmother figure in the 1940’s, a similar period of stress, change and growing industry.  The ritual invokes the four directions, the four elements, the four seasons. Each character needs to heal, but healing is complex and different for each of them, and perhaps not all will accept the medicine.
Theatre of Salt and Stone
Sold

Theatre of Salt and Stone

Judith: for when you are in your winter and in need of deep change in direction and spirit. The ritual I’ve drawn is best practiced on a waning or new moon... Starts on December 5th, 9AM PST

View collection

Bid history

Reserve price:

0.044
ETH
Auction not yet started

Numerology 44

North: Winter, Sleep, Dream, Jaw bone, the book, pillar of crystal, cough syrup, dice

View collection

Mint price:

0.22
ETH
Mint not yet started
Total supply: 250

Phase 1: PROOF Collective Pass holders

Holders of the PROOF Collective Pass have exclusive 4-hour access or until sell-out. There will be one (1) mint allowance per pass. Delegate.xyz V1 is supported.

Starts on: December 5th 9AM PST
Mint price: 0.01 ETH

Phase 2: Public

Mint opens to the public.

Starts on: December 5th 1PM PST
Mint price: 0.01 ETH

Purchase history

EDITIONS

Collection Series

This collection includes a series of four artworks utilizing the Transient Labs Doppelgänger contract. In each wave of Midamerican Fever Dream, a new artwork is added. Collectors may select any of the available artworks to display on their token. While the sale of the Midamerican Fever Dream Dopplegänger edition is now closed, collectors may acquire the Collection Series on secondary.
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Coming soon
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INTERVIEW

Interview with Summer Wagner

Please tell us about the process of creating this body of work and how Mid American Fever Dream came to fruition. Midamerican Fever Dream started as many of my ideas do--in my notes app or journal. I had been dreaming for quite some time about a body of work that captured the midwest through the perspective of different characters, particularly a crone character, an old woman on the brink of disillusionment rediscovering her strength. I knew I wanted the context to be in the post-industrial midwest. The ideas started emerging around 2021, and slowly formed into drawings and fragments of lore and collections of thrifted or found objects around the house. I began casting late 2022 and started to shoot the series in Spring of 2023. I had a breakdown of all of the characters and their corresponding scenes and how they would all tie together. I worked with an assistant director (my close friend Megan Devine) and a gaffer for a majority of the scenes, making this my first series utilizing a team of people to create a body of work.  This series is being released in four waves every 44 days as an anthology. What differentiates this kind of storytelling from your previous exhibitions? My previous two collections, The In-Between and The Parody of a Tangled Thread, were large bodies of work with overarching visual themes and storylines that intersect and merge to create a sort of visual poetry. Midamerican Fever Dream has a more distinct set of characters who are experiencing transformation through consecutive moments. There is essentially a process they are undergoing. I want people to have time to dive into each wave and feel immersed in the mysteries in the same way that the characters might be experiencing their own journey. 

Your work often explores Americana, magical thinking, and the exploration of memory. Why does it feel important for you to release this work right now? What is your work saying about life in America at this particular moment in time? In truth, the first character I truly discovered while writing this story was the landscape of the post-industrial midwest. The rustbelt. The history of the rustbelt is that of abandonment, struggle, and mutilated memory in the form of old buildings in overgrown fields. When industry left the midwest in the 80’s to pursue cheaper labor across seas, cities like Detroit and Rockford, IL became hinterlands. The capitalist order that kept the single-income family unit functioning like a tight machine of productivity and social reproduction deteriorated over the last 40 years. People who were once proud to hold a factory job that could feed a whole family are now working perpetual temp jobs, mothers forced to hold multiple jobs and raise kids, often alone. The interesting thing to me is that when people see these spaces, they often glorify the memory of what they once were, but I’ve come to think of the rustbelt’s story arch as a sort of abandoned father wound. The industrial powers left people without the means to uphold the illusion of the American dream, while being forced to pretend it was still a viable or attainable way to live. A fever dream lasting almost half a century, manifested in the lives of individuals and families forced into a pathological normal way of life, surrounded by the ghosts and bones of an old world they pretend is still alive. But, from those ashes emerges an ancient story of rebirth, new growth and self-discovery. But, only if those immersed are willing to discover a new way of life, and heal from the wounds of the past. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your artistic career thus far? The most rewarding aspect of my artistic career has been the absolutely exuberant feeling of learning the craft. It’s like the thrill of climbing trees, the higher you go into a certain idea or aspect, the more risks you take and the more skill you need to go to those places. Exploring the world in this way is one of my greatest joys in life. What’s next for you and your art? What are you excited about for the rest of the year? In this last month, I made a big move to LA in order to pursue further refining my craft in the fine art world with printed works, as we’ll see in this body of work, and also in filmmaking. In 2024 I plan to spend the majority of my time writing, developing new techniques and relaxing in nature with loved ones.

Artifact #4
PROOF + Summer Wagner

PROOF Artifact #4

PROOF Artifact #4 is a celebration of Midamerican Fever Dream, Summer Wagner’s first solo release with PROOF. The total supply of Artifact #4 is 1005: 5 for the artist and PROOF, and 1000 available to collectors.

Phase 1: PROOF Collective Pass holders

PROOF Collective Pass has exclusive access to Artifact #4 for a 4-hour window.

Starts on: December 5th 9AM PST
Mint price: 0.01 ETH

Phase 2: Public

No authentication is required to mint in Phase 2.

Starts on: December 5th 1PM PST
Mint price: 0.01 ETH