Dim Reflections

We empower symbols through the beliefs and associations we assign to them. When we agree to give something a shared meaning, we are multiplying its gravity. Sometimes symbols can become so strong that it is irrelevant whether you accept them as true or not, their power exists independently of belief. Accordingly, large institutions are given their own gravitational mass through widely accepted social bargains, reinforced by cooperative norms and expressed through the adoption of codes and customs.

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The Show Must Go On

So, despite this muckety-muck, the show must go on. There is no place to go but onward. I am practicing mindfulness, stilling internal voices, centering myself into a state of calm. The fire will be put out when it burns up it’s existing supply of oxygen and we deny it further fuel. We remain responsive to the facts as we are presented with them, not the fear that gains a footing through knee-jerk reactions. Slow yourself down to get ahead of this, because the golem is a slow-moving behemoth, and the law of destruction is the reversal of the law of creation. I’m a hopeless optimist at heart, and I still believe that there will be something good to come out of this, though what, I can’t say.

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Creative Attrition

I’ve talked with old potters who say that if you’re in the business for ten years, consider yourself a success. Everybody seems to know somebody who’s struck out on their own, flung out a shingle, poured themselves into a creative small business for a year or two and then given up out of frustration and a lack of return on investment. Maybe that’s why we have to explain ourselves so much if you, like me, have got the wild-ass idea that you’re going to bush-wack your way through the jungle as an artist-entrepreneur.

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Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.

I recently came across the quote: ‘Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’ – coined by playwright Samuel Beckett and used by local Maker Workshop, Leonardo’s Basement on all of their promotional materials. This is speaking to me after coming down off of a lot of momentum, a lot of feedback and, now laid out before me, a lot of revision ahead. August is a challenging time to stay motivated. Having spent most of the summer in production mode, I’m feeling the need to step back and reassess process before going forward.

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PoHo Art Sho: Home Game

Because of all the history here, this location is charged with all sorts of good juju. This art fair isn’t really about selling my wares, it’s about participating in this community, seeing all of my people, gathering feedback, yes, but that’s just an added benefit. Events like this help keep us oriented toward the center (in this case, Powderhorn Park) of our people. What binds us together? Shared experience, values, location, identity as being of a place. This little public ritual helps tap all of the roots I’m growing out of. I may travel far away from this place, but it’s always going to be home.

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Reluctant Storyteller

“Knowledge and wisdom are distinct concepts. Whereas knowledge may be only theoretical in nature, wisdom is experientially verified to be effective. Ancestral wisdom is made up of practices that our ancestors experienced to be so important and effective that they wished to pass them forward to us. The unique greatness of human beings stems from…

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Into the Void

If you’ve ever been a part of a formal art training program, especially one predating the vast array of professional practice resources available for artists today, you may have found yourself stumbling through the wilderness post-degree. I’ve been told that up to ten years of this kind of wandering in the desert can be common, though I’m sure it’s different for everyone.

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Herstorical Context

The following portfolio of images date from my time at Vesper, and the evolution of a material philosophy and aesthetic. I continue to struggle with conceptual direction after graduating with my M.F.A in 2009. If you dare continue on, dear reader, you will encounter such tangential spirals and ontological wrestling as you have never imagined. For the brave of heart alone.

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