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Jan 31, 2014

Appropriate Topics for Pub(l)ic Discussion. ...(l) ...!

Lady Gaga says now you can too!
I came across one of the strangest articles I've read in years in the NYT, "Below the Bikini Line, a Growing Trend".  Although I find it very titillating to think about lady parts attached to well-known figures while reading the news, I find myself thinking "must we, really?"

First of all, is it really public business what women are doing down there?  Shouldn't that be a topic of personal preference?  As a professional figurative sculptor I've noticed these things in models but never thought it was my place to speculate about it.  I can understand how this could be a reasonable topic of private conversation among women's groups, but in the public news?  And how'd it get to be a "trend" unless there's so much focus on that place that when there's a communal shift in behavior all the flags go up?

Speaking of which, can we see that we would never have such a conversation about men's naughty bits?  What?– focusing on our pubic hair like we were some kind of animal or something?  How demeaning would that be!?

I can see how a subject like breast enhancement can become a topic of public discussion because we can all see the results even on the street, but who is this conversation for?  For instance, the article quotes a pro bikini waxer saying, “So leaving hair at the top gives the illusion of having normal bikini hair, but is still groomed.” OK, for whom is this impression intended? The only appropriate target I can imagine would be the new lover who is just about to rip the undies off anyway and discover the truth for him or herself.  So what does this illusion accomplish again?

Unless, of course the whole point was not at all to discuss a cultural trend but to sell papers.  Then it all makes perfect sense!
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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.