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Dec 3, 2012

The Krampus Cometh!

Krampus; Austria's bad cop paired with good cop, St. Nicolaus.

American mythology seems sentimental and flaccid in the face of that of other great cultures of the world. Our Santas and Easter Bunnies are cute and cuddly, our July 4th all fireworks and hotdogs. Most of our holidays have been reduced from a celebration of shared social values to a mere theme for celebrating the values we really care about- sales at the mall.

Maybe it's because I grew up in the Culture of Distraction, but I am deeply moved by the appearance in Austria at this time of year of Krampus, a terrifying Christmas monster that for hundreds of years has been scaring Austrians into behaving better.  Apparently it works, too. Wow- we could sure use some of that around here!

It is through our fears and dark places that growth comes, which is why so many of my sculptures are dark in theme. Fear is one portal to self-enlargement. Dark images scare us in order to illuminate the alternatives. If we will only take the bait we might find our way to the light.

More Krampus images here.
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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.