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May 21, 2014

Vision for a Fresh View of History


Hide Me in the Shadow of Thy Wings, pencil by Tim Holmes
History is just one damn thing after another, or so it's presented to us. For one, it's a clear record of how incredibly stupid we can be! Like the man who fell down the stairs said as he got up and brushed himself off, “Well, I'm glad to get that over with!”, they've already happened so now let's at least make use of all those mistakes and learn something from them. As Carl Jung and others have been trying to tell us, things happen for a reason. There's a meaning to any historical event. It is our call to figure out what the lesson is and not waste it.

We don't have to see the future as an extension the way things have been working any more than a kid who fears college is going to be the same thing as high school, only worse! Everything can be seen in a new light. History had to happen the way it did because that's the only way we could have gotten here. Something like World War I may seem like nothing more than a monumental waste, but the human race would not have matured psychically as much as we have without that debacle.

It seems to take forever for us to recognize obsolete paradigms. Granted we didn't evolve to change with the times, but if we're to last much longer we'd best develop that capacity.





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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.