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Nov 1, 2009

Art in Rural Vienna


So I go out and do a heroic run at dawn a couple times a week, threading my way up the street to the end of the city and back, for a grand total of about- wait for it- 2 kilometers.  But get this- though this is the edge of town and about 1/4 of the run is through a piece of the famous Vienna Woods, I can still find art!  In fact last time I counted the number of outdoor sculptures I could see during my trot, either on public display or in private spaces but oriented to and visible from the street.  Now imagine, I am not in some gated comminuty where collectors are trying to impress each other, it's just a neighborhood with a village church, school, park; that sort.  I don't know how this part of town compares to others but it's nothing out of the ordinary.  So.  That is the challenge.  Now, the evelope, please...and the grand total number of sculptures over 2K is:... 23!
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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.