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Jul 10, 2011

Bragging Rights: Film, Exhibition, Ballet, Butter, Eggs...

IR photo by Eliza Wiley
Last year at this time we were just saying goodbye to the Austrians who were here shooting a documentary about my art. Now a version of the film called The Moving Art of Tim Holmes, made for European TV, is screening at The Myrna Loy Theater here in Helena, 7:00 on July 14. 

Filmmaker Karin Wally was introduced to my work in Vienna in 2010 and started filming there (including in the stunning Schönbrunn Palace gardens!)  Then the crew traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they interviewed curators at the Hermitage Museum about my exhibition there in 1993-94 (One of the chief sculpture curators refers to me as a "master" in the film... !!!) Following that they came to Montana to shoot interviews and art across the state before returning to Vienna to do post-production. Most of the film covers the more international work I've done, but also includes some background and thoughts by family and friends that's a lot more interesting than what I have to say in it. Along with it is an exhibition of some of the work that is featured in the film. 

What I didn't know when Tess set all this up is that I would later get a commission to design and paint a dozen huge panels for Ballet Montana's production of The Inquisition of Don Miguel, which will be playing in the same theater in about 2 weeks (July 27-29 if you're local) and if I get the work done!  If not, come anyway– you won't even notice, the dancing is so great!
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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.