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May 28, 2014

Vision for a Fresh View of Humans

We humans are tempted to think that our worth is confirmed in value and dignity by society rather than decreed by God. But people are not made valuable by works; we are created valuable by Grace. Just because one is vilified by society (like a Jew in Nazi culture) does nothing to diminish the true value of that person. Each one of us is a brand new thing in the world with new unrevealed surprises inside them unseen before on earth, a value that no person can erase or dim!

"Study for Isomorph (sculpture)", crayon, by Tim Holmes
Humans really need another escape from the garden. While the escape from Eden proved our ability to rise above the subsistence living of the animal kingdom, we need a new escape from the garden of exploitation and into the vast freedoms of cooperation, beauty, delight, and art. We are still the stewards of creation, but now that we have proved our dominance (power over) we need to prove the power of interdependance (power with), our creative power. As creative equals among an unfinished creation, we are crucial to forming the future!

It is high time we rethink as creative cultural agents things like conflict. I was surprised to learn that a democracy, being a constant but controlled civil war, requires conflict to remain healthy. Instead of using conflict as an invitation to eliminate other people's ideas we should view it as the compost of democracy. It really can do some good in the world by bringing the best creative minds together to contend among the best different ideas, like the superbowl. Instead of taking conflict so seriously as a threat, let's embrace it as the vigor of a healthy nation. And may the best ideas win! 
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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.