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Dec 5, 2014

Krampus Day -The Monster is Among Us

We don't have nearly enough ritual in America, if you ask me! Why can't we get some of that great ancient spectacle that older cultures always get to have so much fun with? I bet we are just as hounded by spirits as any feather-spouting jungle tribe; just as beholden to a retrofitted history as any ceremony-besotted Brit! So why can't we get some of that?

One ritual I would love to see burst forth from some quiet Montana mountain town is the Krampus. This is a monster that appears tonight all across Austria and Bavaria, striking terror (only partially mock) into the hearts of citizens otherwise enjoying a raucous night out on the village. The Krampus is a huge, horned and hairy monster that abuses residents with  brush whips or sticks, frightening them into good behavior, the better to be received by St. Nicholaus on the morrow, Dec 6, St. Nick's Day.

Face it, we have just as many nasty monsters as anyone, only we can't see ours so well. They still come careening out of the night upon us, disturbing traffic and scaring the children, but because we can't see them we end up blaming the blacks or the immigrants, or–oh hell why not– Obama! It would do us no harm to have our monsters chase us down the icy streets with whips once a year. At least then we quit throwing blame around like spittal and could face squarely the terror we refuse to let go of!
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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.