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Oct 4, 2010

Radical Theologian Bishop Spong Comes to Visit

Every year our church brings in a prominent theologian to address contemporary faith issues over a weekend.  I have been looking forward this year to the visit by one of my heros, Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, who was just recognized as the most prominent social theologian of our time.  He is calling Christianity to some serious housecleaning in such of his books as Why Christianity Must Change or Die.  It has been a great weekend and I have had my little pointy head crammed with the bishop's challenges and encouragement!

Tess, (my manager) and I were delighted when Spong and his wife Christine accepted our invitation to come by the studio to see my art.  In fact afterwards we all went out to dinner and talked long about the state and the future of faith.  He liked some of my ideas but not as many as I liked of his!  It was fascinating!  I can hardly believe that plugging along here in my current art chapter, working in an artform that is increasingly drifting away from making decorative objects toward making theology (like my Body Psalms film project) I get to visit about it with one of the most respected theologians of our time  Life is good!
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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.