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Apr 28, 2012

A Strage Reversal of Evolution

We had a bizarre experience today that has got me thinking...

Our satire quartet, the Montana Logging and Ballet Co. is gathered in Billings for a concert last night, and being but up in a nice hotel.  We had a good sleep and were hungry in the morning. There on the desk sits a great basket of fruit, cheeze and biscuits that friends had sent which we set upon without delay. However, the whole thing was wrapped in plastic, tied with multiple decorative ribbons which had been twisted around each other. Like a determined monkey, my brother studied the knots carefully and tried to pick them apart but it was fruitless task (har, har). We really needed a knife.

Which we didn't have. We studied the surroundings, searching for sharp objects of any description, but we live in such safety-conscious times that not only prevent blades from going on planes, but open blades are generally hard to find in this environment.  Our search became desperate. I applied all my brainpower to the elements at hand and was about to implement my brilliant plan: (take a [perfectly safe] plastic shaving razor, smash it in the door hinge, extract the blades and cut the damn ribbons) when Steve let out a cry of success. (His idea was not so pretty, but we did eat breakfast.
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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.