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Feb 28, 2011

Language of the Heart

Whose Desire Turns, pencil and inks, with quote by Jung.
This is a small exhibition of my recent work that opened recently at the Holter Museum of Art.  I'm using relationships– specifically the relationship between the artist and the model– as a metaphor for self-discovery.  Over years I've developed some techniques to turn the modeling session, a staple of figurative artists, into a kind of theater where the model becomes a screen for my own unconscious projections.  This single form becomes a lab for the exploration of relational factors in a sterile environment.  When I then look at the drawing I can see something surprising and new; and different from what I would have drawn were the model simply themselves.  It's a subtle difference that makes all the difference.

Here is a doorway that seems to open up to a whole universe of possibilities, as the light inside each person is refracted on a number of levels, each eliciting its own unique response.  I am trying to make that process a little more visible in an area where all of us traffic daily: in relationships. It gets complicated quickly, but I find it very meaningful and intriguing to look into another to discover what is actually inside yourself!  Hopefully this is what the viewer experiences.

A great portrait is a picture of the model. 
A great artwork is a picture of the artist. 
If you are moved by an artwork this is because it is a picture of YOU!  – Believe it!
 
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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.