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Jul 30, 2009

Sky Monster


Last night a storm came through unlike any I have ever witnessed! It approached calmly after a very hot day and a walk in the park under a hot, clouded sky, oddly abandoned like animals disappear prior to an earthquake. When I got home the storm started with a barf of water. The trees waved like huge, mad underwater squid, golf hail punished the windows, breaking one; rain came in clouds that swallowed the buildings behind us. The sky was FULL of lightning. For perhaps half an hour there were between 5 and 10 flashes per second! ( I carefully counted for quite a while) When I was finally able to open the window a crack, the woodwork armored with towels, there was a strange and deeply frightening noise- the constant, unvariegated roar of thunder, like a continuously tumbling building! Then this morning dawns calm and beautiful- as if nothing happened!! But the world is changed. Down the street huge trees hundreds of years old were toppled. Our neighbors lost all their windows. Welcome to the new world of climate change.
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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.