Friday, December 26, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

from the show "walking the path" held December 12, 2008 at a place called st. gregory's, our friend joe's studio space, here in chicago. it was great fun of a show for me and many. the big challenge had to do with the dutch ceilings. i needed to secure each mandala to something and a banner was the most obvious solution. the flip side is a painting of a cloud.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

truth-beauty-justice other showing


i was just snooping through my snapfish account and ran across this photo. i showed this piece last year about this time. not many people came to the show but i was able to put up this set and quite a few other pieces.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

truth



truth

frithjof schuon discusses the idea of the esoteric where religions which occur temporally or in time do not really contain truth in such a way they can deny access to any other or outsider. in the transcendent is where God resides or is and that experience is outside the dome of the 4th dimension or time. at a certain point in my life my attention turned to the constitution and declaration. a result perhaps of spiritual growth or development which turned my ego attentions from consumer to citizen. this includes the understanding we can create spaces where people can have truly transcendent experience. as a citizen i began to wonder what i could do as an artist as my field was of the intuition. then i noticed the rhetoric coming from the right wing in america guided by their interpretation of their own holy scripture and i noticed the true legal threat they presented to me and my love.


this is all an attempt to flush out the context or the environment which birthed this set as they all really begin as a point or circle. many of the ideas form around and reveal themselves as i finish each piece. we live in an intellectual environment where truth and ultimates have been deconstructed...i often consider then can one know truth? this set is also my answer to that question. much of human learning and history convinces me my intuition is correct and there is in fact a design and there is truth. there is truth and there is beauty...

beauty



beauty



when i began the mandala i began with an idea to portray the face of God. rather, the idea of the infinite faces of God so one face. each mandala began then in that early phase just as an attempt to portray these ideals. really, ideals can be seen as ways to know or understand this God. beauty to me seems a definite resonance of a way to see God. beauty, harmony, balance...justice.

justice



justice



a part of the story of this piece, justice, includes of course the period of time the series itself covers. the series began the tuesday after 9-11. this timing may be pure coincidence as my own direction without 9-11 was towards this set. perhaps it is all a part of some strange attractor event. justice itself is a piece which may address the question of the boddhisattva and the political. for me spirituality just started to resonate to resemble the life which is engaged both with spirit and creation and society. also, in 2000 i witnessed what to me as well as many other observers seemed to resemble a theft or type of coup so our antennas were already at alert. there was a clear design to the possible threads which connect many events and turns through these past 8 years. clear lines of logic connect pnac to 9-11 to the iraq war and the patriot act and bill o'reilly. i throw him in partly for comic relief but partly because of his apparent defense of the patriot act through a blatantly false accusation about the possible years of obama. he threw the patriot act on to the end of a list of liberal infraction - right wing talking points. this is also a way to connect the media in to the whole knot which has become the state control mechanism. o'reilly will now play the part of bad boy patriot to the same degree of absurdity he kissed the neo-con behind. there is no end to the depths of denial in response to such accusations yet the point i am trying to make about media and total propaganda still stands.



the image of justice is as balanced scales blinded. with this in mind we have an idea how to proceed in our attempt to model this ideal of justice. we feel that in this current world dynamic there is less justice than our ideals would require. there are also clear violations and continued attempts to usurp legal traditions and systems of laws. part of this again is the total propaganda campaign where citizens must acquiesce. total belief systems limited by limited access to information. america exists outside these very restrictive demands of totalitarian systems and this is one temporal secular interpretation of the meaning of justice which informs the declaration and constitution of the united states.