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The Intimate (and the Sacred) for the Audience

To see through this thick fog…The weight of the world is immense. To continue to make work feels superfluous and necessary; it is our culture.  In my mind resonates Trungpa Rinpoche’s words…,  “ …the horrors of a war that could destroy the world and its inhabitants…” I have been a studio practitioner for over 40 […]

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“Art Doesn’t Give a Shit”

That “art doesn’t give a shit”, revealed by painter Larry Poons, is arguably the most profound utterance of this Century. The imbalance of the market is extreme, we all know that. The luck of the draw is prevalent. It is who you know. Much deeper than all of that nonsense; when the artist is still, […]

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A Pure Art

For as long as I have made work I have thought about the importance of an artist’s anonymity. More specifically, the inherent significance of the work itself, a “pure art” as the artist Il Lee would describe it. My interest in artists like Reinhardt and Martin reflect this. There is a devilish element of swimming […]

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Accidentally Touching the Heart of the Drawer, Painter, Installation Maker, (etc.).

All artists do not make work from the same place. This does not mean that a particular form is privileged. But it does lead to a particular aesthetic. Work made from chaos and work made from the still and silent can produce two opposing forms. Beyond the “place” from which the artist works is the […]

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Ancestors’ Day

Epiphanies come. Last night on the eve of my 57 birthday I reviewed.  It quickly came to me that it’s not that I dislike birthdays – but, I do not like them either. The attention is misplaced.  I am just kind of going along in my life and each year there is some type of […]

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No Mirrors in the House

It is always a startling moment when I recognize what a disruption a show of work is. There is, now, a realization that I was stopped in mid thought, mid sentence, mid stride, vision interrupted, trajectory rocked, etc. The feeling of getting the work back into the space and to continue is grounding. I suspect […]

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A particular type of rest

A particular type of rest -a rhythm is setting in. I am going back to the studio to make work after being a slave to shows since December.  It is interesting how disruptive showing is. It is about the work; but you start making work that is not as much about the work as it […]

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Post-August 2014

I like the work i am doing now more than any i have made. I suspect this is even simpler to understand than one would think. Meaning there is not much conjecture to be had as to “Why?”. The drawings are an extension of my body to a surface; a physical practice that betrays the […]

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7:22am, Thursday, Sept. 4

Pin drop quiet. Still. It is clearly late summer-early fall. Not a sound from one young bird. Sun illuminates Storm Mountain as it always does, in that particular way, at this time of year. Harvest, gathering. A knowing that, like the bears, hibernation is on its way to greet me, us, all who live on […]

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Contemplative Studio Practice VI – Diet

To say that what i/we eat is not related to contemplative studio practice would be an untruth. At the same time, all bodies are different. There are so many conversations about what we eat that to address this seems in some ways, obvious. However, as my research and practice continues –this is definitely a consideration, […]

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