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Aug 22, 2011

The Ultimate Virus of Compassion

Tara and Henry
Last month I heard a rattling coming down the alley outside the studio and peering out, saw a guy pushing a grocery cart, going through the dumpsters for aluminum cans. I hailed him and brought him round a box of cans I'd been saving. As we loaded the cans he told me his rather sweet story. He was a house painter but is on disability after an injury and lives in a apartment complex for disabled adults. There he met a mentally disabled woman named Tara, "like a five-year-old," wheelchair-bound, who lives in a nearby room. She seemed to have a pretty bleak life, with little furniture, only a small, simple TV and no pictures on her walls. By selling aluminum he was hoping to get a better TV and some pictures for her, he said cheerfully. As usual I was preoccupied, but I got his name, Henry, and thanked him for his story.

I was happy to hear the clattering again recently. I gave Henry another load of cans and asked after Tara. He not only said she was doing well, but later than day wheeled her the 1/2 mile to the studio to introduce me to her! I was touched to be so honored. I wish I'd had the presence of mind at the time to invite her in for a studio tour but I didn't want to overwhelm her. My intent is to fill her apartment with real original art that she might choose herself from among my work.

Truth is that we are so thoroughly surrounded by thousands of acts of love and kindness all the time that we grow blind to them. The reason why there is such bad stuff in the news is that it is so astonishingly unusual. It is not a cruel world but one so filled with love that when there is misfortune we are transfixed by it. Let us not forget the truth of an undying love that grows on and on, passed from one to another, often in the most unexpected ways!
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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.