I am Victory. I rise from the bondage of the crates which contained the parts of chairs used in this art installation. Rescued from oblivion. Never to become an actual chair. These parts together celebrate the ingenuity of "Victory". So let our hearts and minds identify that we are one people. One face, one race - the human race - VICTORY!!!
I am The Guardian. The perfect balance between compassion and protection, I am a tender, nurturing Soul. Place yourself in front of me, near my feet and reach your hands up. Now you are two years old, looking up at your parent for love, guidance and protection. Experience the protection I provide and step behind me because I’m poised and ready for battle. My hand is balled into a fist, on guard. I am here for “Victory”.
THE SOUL MAN
As the Soul Man, I am eternity. Hands comfortably folded behind my back, I am patient not menacing. I will teach you that we should celebrate the life we do have. And from that life we must also respect that the Great Silence will follow. This is reflected in the my translucence. You never know when I will appear.
THE CREATOR & HUMANITY
Visionary - CEO
Steve was born and raised in Denver, Co. He discovered his connection to chairs while scrambling to find a way to support his young family. 30 years later, Steve is known as "The Chairman" supplying chairs, tables and stools to Denver's best restaurants and stars including Crosby, Stills & Nash. 30 years ago in the Shaffer chair factory, Steve first saw a glimmer of "soldiers" in large stacks of chairs. It was then he dreamed of building an army of healing... a group of warriors to convey messages of hope and love to humanity. 26 years later, Stevens vision has come to life through "Victory", 7 artistic sculptures ranging to 27 feet tall. They are now on tour around the world! Love, peace and hope to all!
Artist - Builder
My story of being an artist began in October of 1973, the day I was born. From some of my earliest memories I recall painting, drawing, creating things from other things. That creative gene stuck with me all through grade school, high school and into college where I would earn my Bachelors degree in Fine Art from Western Michigan University. From there my life long career as an artist would truly begin. Afterward, when I returned to my homeland of Canada with a mastery of oil painting, I was co-founder of the Studio of Modern Graffiti. From running my own studio/gallery in London, Ontario to my award winning commissioned Artwork, the life lessons and obstacles of an artist have been challenging yet rewarding. My story of Victory begins with a prayer sent out to the universe. Searching for possible new employment on Craigslist, I came across a curious ad. "Looking for an Artist who can build sculptures from chair parts." This was from Steve Farland. This was to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. As an artist, was a prayer and a dream come true. Never has the world seen chair art, taken to this magnitude. These 'Paladins of Pieces' stand in such grandeur, that I have witnessed people dissolve into tears. Overwhelmed by the shear energy that these peaceful figures emit. The soldiers of "Victory" are here to help the people of this world, rise up in unison. Una faccia, Una razza - One face, one race.
Chanel is a recent graduate of Parsons Paris with an MA degree in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies. Having lived and work in both Paris and New York, Chanel has considered cultural pluralism and transnational discourses in depth. She is intrigued by the intersections between modern and contemporary design, fashion, art and the notion of the ‘creative city.’ Her thesis centered on the spatial politics of global contemporary art fairs and the luxury of mobility. Chanel received her B.A. in Art History and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has a background in luxury fashion management and as a fellow in the textile department at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Chanel is currently pursuing post-graduate work as a freelance curator and entrepreneur. Chanel is deeply committed to pursuing ethical and ecologically sustainable practices in design and chooses to collaborate with like-minded individuals.
Kirk is a seasoned film director with a breadth of marketing and creative experience in the broadcast and production community which won him an Emmy with NBC in 2004. He has felt a connection since seeing Victory in its initial stages. His goal is to help Steve and Chanel to continue to get these sculptures out into the World to the people that need them the most.
Victory is the artistic expression of Steve Farland’s vision to spread healing. With Master Builder/Artist Brian Sartor, the soldiers were brought to life limb by limb, foot by foot.
In it's second breath of life, Steve and Brian now take " Victory" on a coast-to-coast tour. Their updated soldiers have been given new powers and armor to spread his wish for mending the universe. Now you, too, can find peace and healing with help from Victory.
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Special Thanks to:
Stephen Boulter, David Budd Photographer, Nicholas DeSciouse Photography, Michael Dunahay, Stan Geels (Stella’s Coffee House), Kirk Gillon (FPD), Lisza Gulyas, Lauren Hegge Denver Art Museum, Edgar Blanco, John King, Brenda LaBier Photography, Byron Shafer, Randy Shafer, Helen Squire, Jeff Petty, Charlie Hugo