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Jun 3, 2011

Beauty is a Black Hole

"History of the Body", inks, 18 x 12 in.
Like gravity, it's force can be felt from any distance, increasing as one gets closer to the source. But the source itself can never be seen. One circles around it like an orbiting star, pulled toward it by its irresistible attraction and yet held distant by time– the centrifugal force of temporality. From that safe orbit one stares, transfixed, into the center of that dark place, inconceivable in its strangeness; overfull with so much energy that everything is drawn into it, even the penetrating drill of reason, even its own light! It's mystery is absolute. 


In fact since nothing emanates, our flimsy minds are as useless as anything else in penetrating the glory of Beauty. It can be neither comprehended nor experienced directly. We see only darkness. Our only experience of it is feeling the force of its inexorable attraction. Like surfers on a wave, we can only thrill to its power by riding that surge. The most intense pleasure is to be had in swooping as close to Beauty as possible without becoming lost into it. No, that is not true. That is only the most intense survivable pleasure. One day, unable to resist after a lifetime of careening around the Source, leaning our surfboards as we may toward the pull of time, we will each in turn be lost into unimaginable ecstasy as we plunge into the ultimate Beauty of God's embrace and that tunnel of darkness turns to light!
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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.