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Jan 10, 2011

The Story of Builders and Destroyers

Mary, "Returning the Nails" after the crusifixion.  Bronze, 19".
With the tragic Tucson shooting it is heartrending to see the fruits of the political vitriol we hate so!  There's further pain witnessing the pathetic struggle for the high ground among the right wing.  None is worse than Sarah "Lock and Reload" Palin displaying on her Facebook page a graphic of this district overlain with crosshairs, even after the massacre!  Later her spokesperson agreed with an interviewer's suggesting they were not crosshairs but "surveyors symbols".  (Right, I'm sure she meant to say not "Lock and Reload" but "look and re-evaluate!").  And though they can't apologize at least they are embarrassed enough to try to cover it up.  Progress!

History is full of destroyers getting the better of builders. Any idiot can buy a gun and become a critic with an even louder voice than any builder or saint he critiques.  It is nature that gives the immediate advantage always to the strong. Real solutions require real effort. There are only two ways to "win" against a destroyer. One is to become a better destroyer yourself, (which is why an action film feels so good even though what separates the good guys from the bad is often mere perspective). The other is to rise to another level to enact a solution, which is always a long-term, frustrating process. Rabbits don't "win" over coyotes, they outperform them as insurgents outsmart militaries and poets out-envision oligarchies. What can we possibly do?

We creatives must in just this way rise to a new level to overcome the debasing forces of consumer-driven contemporary culture. Day after day I labor in my studio, trolling for vision; struggling to build the image or idea that might help transform our current situation. I might succeed or not, (it feels futile!) but deep searching is what is needed. As my hero and friend Archbishop Tutu says, "We are not called to be successful; only to be faithful". God help us. Please!
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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.