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Free Speech

There is a wide gap in the understanding of what constitutes free speech and expression and how it must be protected. One’s freedom of expression depends on what he or she will stand up for or give away. Inspired by the work of Mark Dice, this film takes an artistic look at the importance of First Amendment to the Constitution.

In this project I did something I enjoyed, that is going out and meeting (read: bothering?) people and understanding what they believe. There’s a performative aspect to art that the is very appealing to me. Artist Joe Batt  told me many years ago that performance is an important part of his expression as an artist. He exercised that part of his art by performing in the band, Stand Up Stella, and briefly with me in Kings of the Picnic.

Artist: Joe Batt

Title: Playing Catch in the Dark

Series Title: Hares Series

Artist: Joe Batt

Date: 2008

Height: 12 | Width: 8 | Depth: 17


Title: Waiting

Series Title: Hares Series

Artist: Joe Batt

Date: 2007

Height: 12. | Width: 12 | Depth: 17


February 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Monuments from Religious to Public to Finance

Originally the most magnificent buildings were temples used for religious purposes.  The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Acropolis of Athens, and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris are three examples that span millennia of this kind of building as the center of culture. These buildings always served the king or his religious institutions. Later with the expansion of popular rule in America and Europe the important cultural buildings became public or governmental buildings, but they still mimicked the religious buildings from before. A great example of this is the temple to Abraham Lincoln on the Mall in Washington. Now great wealth is spent on private financial institutions like banks and casinos. Banks often use the signs of the religious structures such as columns and facades. Casinos are even more obvious in their copying of the powerful religious places of the ancient world, look at the Luxor in Las Vegas. Casinos today give us the same kind of exhilaration and sense of anticipation that used to be found in a church or a temple, chance and randomness our divine experience. These are temples to our own dreams and fantasies. Where the ancient temples warning was “Know thyself,” that is no hubris before the god, the new temple calls on us to forget everything and satisfy ourselves. Are casinos monuments to urges for religious ecstasy?

February 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Humor at the Senior Center

Filming my project looking at the aging and struggles of a loved one, I joined my mom at the senior center. We rode the bus, hung out and ate lunch. There was a speaker who talked about the health benefits of humor and laughing.

February 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Guillotine Project in the Works

Tom Sachs,Chanel Guillotine (Breakfast Nook)

Coming soon? Georgia

“A BILL to amend Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 17 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the death penalty generally, so as to provide a statement of legislative policy; to provide for death by guillotine; and for other purposes.” This bill allowed for the use of guillotine on those on death row to preserve their organs for donation harvesting.

Tom Sachs’ Chantel Guillotine (Breakfast Nook) is a stunning piece that seems to portray decapitation as a glamorous means of death. Is Sachs celebrating the glamorization of violence and death or is he commentating on the corporatization of violence and death? If it’s glamorous enough will the elite of the world openly embrace this means of execution as an exciting and exotic way to kill the imprisoned and still preserve bodily organs for harvest? Eyes, kidneys, liver, etc. are all preserved the destruction of electricity and the poisoning of  lethal injection.

It would be interesting to use the image of the guillotine in other ways to bring attention to issues in the culture and society.

What would be the effect of a promotional video that showed the public following over-reaching authority directing them not into “security scanners” but into guillotines? Would this be an effective cultural critique or would it be over-blown?

February 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


In the movie Blade Runner, the character Roy develops his humanity. A killer corporate made super-human soldier, he develops emotions and feelings that make him human. Contrary to nasty deconstructionists, Blade Runner isn’t about how powerful and incredible cyborgs or artificial humans are. It’s about our humanity; how incredible we are when we develop true compassion for our fellows. The world in the Blade Runner’s dis-topic future is full of slaves that live to serve the corporation centered culture as killers, soldiers, whores, and servants. All citizens are denied their basic humanity and live alienated one from the other. It’s only when the characters recognize the feelings and emotions that are their birthrights – and have been denied to them – that they have the strength to truly live. To truly be human.

In my current film project I’m attempting to connect the viewer with the humanity of people that may seem alien to them. At the same time, as the filmmaker and one of the subjects in the film, I’m trying to connect with a person who has lost something of what she sees as her identity. An older woman who has suffered many “attacks” on her brain. Who is she now and what does she think about it? How is she the same and how is she different? How is she like the viewer?

February 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Artist Website

Looking at building a website and considering design features. I want the site easy to navigate and intuitive. Clean and simple to showcase my work. I’m going to showcase my artwork all in different pages,  I think… So sculpture will be a different page from film or painting, all under the artwork page.

Groovy background

Floating images.

Round buttons

Round design

Interesting buttons.

Interesting buttons.


February 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment