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Mar 29, 2013

Mountain Climbing and The Nude

The Blood is in Me, by Tim Holmes
The beauty of a young person is embodied. It can be clearly and unmistakably seen in their body. By any idiot. (Fortunately, allowing even idiots to delight in the wonders of creation!) That serves– like the bud of a flower– to draw the attention to something that is about to happen. By its beauty are we called to that image. But, for those of us who are still paying attention, there is to be an unfolding. The vitality of this physical body serves as a metaphor for the unfurling of the greater gift that will drop out of sight as we age. In the physical world that image cannot be improved upon, thus forming the most gloriously beautiful object in all of Creation! The stream at that point goes underground. Because they are birds of the surface, the eyes continue to look above ground for the flow which begins to look drier and more shriveled the longer we gaze. But in the older person the real action is now down below where the stream has dropped and even now rumbles the ground with its authority.

The young person knows nothing about this. Perhaps, like the inviting prospect of a distant mountain we wish to conquer, if we knew from the start how hard the climb would be we would never embark on the journey. But as we climb, the summit actually retreats, bringing us to one false summit after another, til near the top, we can finally thank God that the climb was actually much more than we bargained for. Our world has meanwhile enlarged and with it the scope of our labor. Whose rewards are all the richer for it, as the beauty that meets our eyes we know to be nothing compared with that breathtaking Beauty that now lives in our hearts. This is the reason there's only one species that climbs mountains or gazes at nudes for pleasure.  Thank God for our gift!

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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.