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Oct 17, 2011

Vincent Van Gogh Exonerated!

I always suspected something– the story we'd heard always sounded fishy. If you read the letters of the highly misunderstood artist it seems odd that a guy so in love with life and one who so often rejected the idea of suicide would off himself in the middle of his most fervent and creative period. Now a new interpretation of the evidence seems to point to a twist in the tragedy of the premature death of this genius at 37. He was probably covering up his own murder by a couple of rowdy teens!

This not only fits the evidence but it meshes with the kind of guy Vincent was. For me he serves as a saint.  He loved that deeply, both in his life and his artistic vision. After all he was fired from his early career as a missionary among desperately poor miners for imitating Jesus so closely that he threatened the dignity of the church! No doubt there's some good reason why no one could stand to be around his abrasive personality for long. I sense it's because he burned too bright for society. Yet though he was forever lonely, his heart was always good and pure. He is just the kind of guy who, when shot in the stomach–perhaps by accident– would rather take the blame himself rather than see a couple of kids thrown into prison for a cruel prank.  In either case, he will forever more illumine for us all how intensely beautiful this life is, in all its tragic pathos!
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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.