I have been included in an upcoming show at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. It's call "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now." It's a show that's been in the works for a few years, and the directors did hundreds of studio visits across the country, finally narrowing it down to 102 artists who they think represent what's going down in American art.
And that's all I know. Don't know who else is in the show, don't know how they got my name, and don't know how it'll play out in the unfolding of Universal Consciousness and Hemispheric Delights. I'm honored to have three large pieces included in the show.
Letters cut from "The Confessional: A Full and Free Inquiry
into the Right, Utility, Edification, and Success,
of Establishing Systematical Confessions of Faith
and Doctrine in Protestant Churches"
14 x 11 in.
I'm not quite finished with this piece;
need to build up some more depth with the letters. I love the contrast
between the absurd complexity of one text and the utter simplicity of
'tother. There's a threatening stamp employed throughout "The Confessional" that counsels
the reader to:
"Tat tvam asi" is from the Chandogya Upanishad, and it means "Thou art That". It communicates the mind-scrambling concept that you, yes You, are the supreme and infinite energy of the universe. You are, in a word, it. Tell that to the Pope, to your preacher, to anyone who tries to tell you who God is. You don't need to be told; you already know. Even if you don't know, you know. It's the greatest mystery; it's the astonishing realization at the core of all spiritual paths. It's anathema to all religions, and they'll fight you tooth and nail on it. But the mystical branch of all religions knows, and the homies got your back on this one. Tat tvam asi, Amen.
I cut the letters from the Kabbalah because when it comes to mysticism, they win the prize. Maybe not Miss Congeniality, but Most Likely to Succeed. The eyes are made of parentheses and periods. This is the first time I've included painting in one of my text pieces. Jury's still out, but it was sure nice to dust off my paints and give my brushes a workout. Ah...painting. Still searching for a way to include that in my work, without overpowering the text.
In my creative work I weave together spiritual traditions by cutting up the text of holy books letter by letter and refiguring them to create passages from other holy books. I incorporate and 'cross pollinate' the sacred writings of all spiritual traditions, suggesting that all religions derive from the same source, and are sustained in the same unwavering faith.
You can see the work at my website: