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Mar 11, 2010

Romanian Fire Geyser

It's a true story told me by my friend who was there!..One cold winter in the 70's in Soviet Romania an oil well burst into flames and could not be extinguished.  Here in the middle of a field of snow a fountain of fire hundreds of feet high burned fiercely day after day.  Soon green grass sprouted in the false climate.  Birds would fly too close to the flames and fall to the ground, providing extra food for chronically hungry people.  Another kind of flock gathered to the area of the huge flame as people came to spend their days by it, basking in its warmth as if at the beach.  Before long stalls and trailers appeared to provide the people with goods and services as they sat warming themselves around the geyser,  blossoming into a new town.  A disaster had become a gift to a cold, hungry people.

But even disasters come to an end.  After some months the flames were extinguished and townspeople returned home once again to a sterile and predictable life.  But they were touched in a strange new way by an incredible memory of a town of worshipers ringed about a column of fire in the snow.
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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.