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Apr 15, 2009

Easter Season



Easter was as beautiful a day here as God ever made!  Austria has plenty of holidays, none of which I avoid celebrating with chocolate.  However, the natives must use some discretion. I notice there is a remarkable absence of overweight people here.  I don't know if it is living in the city (where even the old people run for the trams) or the diet, or the ongoing race to look chique, but it is prevalent enough that the door to my language school is so thin even I have to go in sideways!

There is also a very different attitude to the body.  Lingerie is seemingly the favorite window dressing- a store about every two blocks- as if there is a serious underwear shortage!  I'm amazed how much nudity there is in advertising, which includes body parts you would never see in public in the US.  This is both good news– people are less hung up (In this atmosphere perhaps there will be more possibilities for displaying my films than I have realized at home–)  and bad: this social tolerance is simply being exploited by advertisers, who have no scruples whatever and will not stop until the disgust level is too high for even this open-minded society.   
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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.