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Nov 14, 2016

We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us!

Now at last our nation has proved to the world that we too can do the unthinkable! We have spoken very clearly and openly. declaring with no uncertainty our identity. And now that the smoke has started to clear we are confronted with the very surprising face we see in the mirror. Now when we go into the airport and see Trump in the framed presidential portrait, the name that we read underneath will be our own! Regardless of how we feel emotionally about the election, this is who we have declared once and for all that we really are: Trump is us!

Of course the world is going to be shocked; we expected that. And of course we are very quickly going to try to refute the disgusting charges they pitch at us. We are not really like that at all, it was just posturing for the camera. But the evidence is right there, and––like a sobering morning after––we have to admit that it was us who caused all this to happen. So now what is our response?

Hopefully we will take our portrait seriously and accept responsibility for our actions (I'm with Trump on this one: I am suddenly very tempted to blame the election result on fraud!!) But now we are forced to step up to the witness box. It is incumbent upon us to prove to the world and to history (our grandchildren) that this was all a mistake and this is not actually who we are. Yes, we know about all the incriminating evidence and apparently we really did do the crime. But really; this is not our authentic selves! In fact, we are now going to prove it to you all once and for all, in no uncertain terms! And we are going to do that by...
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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.