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Oct 10, 2009

Brancusi and Holmes at the Pygmalion

It is not since I exhibited in the Hermitage that my art has shared such illustrious company!  A small exhibition of my work (15 sculptures and paintings) was “crashed” by a wealthy Romanian collector who owns, among other things, several Brancussi sculptures.  So even though my name was on the billing, two Brancusi sculptures were exhibited  amongst mine!  This is like  Beethoven opening for the Montana Logging and Ballet Co.  Even though we couldn't speak two words to each other the Romanian latched onto us.  By the next morning we had an invitation to an exhibit in Bucharest and to show in a new Vienna gallery.  What's more, we found ourselves entering a bank vault with him and his assistants to see another couple items from his collection.  One was yet another Brancusi: a Bird in Flight in marble which, tragically, he had at one point knocked over and broken in two!  I was deeply touched  when he did something I'm not sure I'd have done for anyone in the world- balanced one piece atop the other for us to view the sculpture as a whole!  Then he uncovered a painting for us to view- an original Matisse!  God is generous!
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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.