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Mar 22, 2012

A House You Can See From Space

I know it seems astonishing! That's why I woke with a start in the middle of the night. Suddenly I realized that I could describe where my art studio is IN SIX WORDS to anyone in the world and they could find it to within 100 yards. I know, you can do better than that with an address, but I mean a geographic description: "Three blocks Northwest of Montana's capital"! Can you do that?

Oh, you can? Well OK, you're right, you'd have to know where Montana is and that it's not just a generic mountain in Spain or a singer for that matter. But how about this: two years ago I spent Easter in a house that you can see from space. Well I don't mean literally. (Not least of all because, really, how are you going to get out there to prove it?) But here's a picture of what I mean. I'm pointing to the house; in fact the boundary where Germany meets Austria forms an arrow that points right at the front porch, a stone's throw from the point. Which I could even see without my glasses, (were I God). (But wait, if I were God I could have also gotten into space without much trouble, even if I did forget my glasses. But I didn't think of that till just now). (Sorry I digress).

This reminds me of my favorite address ever ever, though; one that my family occupied for a few months in 1974, which can be "seen from space" in that it's mailing address is so incredibly simple and elegant:
The Pond
Haddenham, Cambs.

You don't believe me so I'll wait while you type it into your map program...See? Isn't that cool? I know, it sounds more like the home of a guppy! But actually it is. No, really! It is! The house was rented to my fambly by the grandson of the guy who discovered and named the fish... And I bet you couldn't see that one coming from a mile away!
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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.