Brooklyn, New York, is home to some of the most creative people in the world. And as local artist Jamison Ernest recently proved, it’s also home to some of the most determined. Last spring, when Ernest started a Kickstarter Campaign to fund his collaborative art endeavor, titled “Bouncing Cars,” he never imagined that the outpouring of support would help him achieve his vision and beyond.
Fast forward to this week, when Ernest and his team of local artists were finally able to showcase their months of hard work in an exhibition of “Bouncing Cars,” at the Ambassador Gallery. The premiere of the collection had heavy attendance from art lovers and the project’s investors, and even received further support from major local sponsors like Andrew Heiberger’s TOWN Residential, Observer Media, and SCENE Magazine.
Inspired by a tragic car accident, Brooklyn artist Jamison Ernest was compelled to find beauty in the tragedy that he witnessed. He started a Kickstarter Campaign with some of the project collaborators, seeking funding for materials and gallery space where the “Bouncing Cars” vision could materialize. In just a short amount of time, Ernest’s humble $2,500 goal was surpassed by thousands of dollars. What emerged from the outpouring of support is a collection of one-of-a-kind prints, paintings, and sculptures of an artistic representation of the accident the artist couldn’t get out of his mind. With help from complete strangers and their generous donations, Ernest and his crew were able to afford high quality canvasses, paints, screen-printing materials, and more.
Now, with support from his community and friends, Ernest hopes to expand the mostly two-dimensional vision into an even larger body of work. His imaginative vision and drive to show how “there is beauty in tragedy,” represents an inspiring message, and shows other artists how determination and outreach can help many achieve their dreams.