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Nov 25, 2008

Such richness!

At home in Montana if we find gold we try our best not to eat it! Here it is somewhat more difficult. The gold leaf that came on my desert was really stuck, so I had a hard time chiseling it off to put in my saddlebag to take to the assay office. I ended up guilding Claudia's photo with it. (But that was priceless to begin with).

The Austrians really take their holidays seriously, we've discovered. We just went to a 2-hour presentation on just the holidays between advent and Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Dec. is just one holiday after another. I gather that is how the advent calendar came about- to help them keep those days straight. In fact there is a huge civic palace downtown- the Rathaus, that is turned into a huge advent calendar for the season. With each day a numbered curtain in one or another of the windows is lifted to reveal a different artwork. Can't wait for that!
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I'm a sculptor/filmmaker living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together.

I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.

For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.