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Sep 15, 2011

Rise of a New Religion

Vision of Peace (detail), pastel
Much digital ink has been spilled (that must be what's on my shoe!) about how weird politics has become of late. As a political satirist I have to admit I am flummoxed by the situation as there's no way to make fun of behaviors this bizarre! We can only shake our heads in disbelief and hope for the return of normality for the sale of– if nothing else– some welcome contrast that could allow the return of humor.

But recently I heard a view that really helps explain things for me. In recent articles bloggers Mike Lofgren and Andrew Sullivan point out that the GOP has come to resemble not so much a political party as a religion! The problem-solving party of the Eisenhower years has dissolved into a kind of fundamentalist cult that cares little for science or facts or indeed reality. Instead it features a certain tightly closed world-view in which only those who spout the rigid dogma are tolerated. All else is its enemy, including, sadly enough, the very welfare of the nation.

Suddenly this bizarre behavior begins to make a kind of 'sense'. The GOP is no longer oriented toward either the improvement or even the survival of the nation. It's interested only in furthering the glory of its circle of saints (the super-rich), while all others will be sacrificed in a kind of Judgment Day soon to come. And as with any fundamentalists, there will be no dialoging. They are engaged not in democracy but in holy war.

I can only assume that what drives people down this suicide path is a hope for some brand of personal salvation but I really don't know. It could as well be a simple lust for blood (or weariness with this world)! I find that I take refuge in the hope that LOVE, after all, shines steadier and brighter than any hateful dogma. May the journey forward together– and the Love that inspires it– eventually prevail!
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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.