IMAGES & COGNITION #3

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 The world is a self consuming ball of burning resources & human desire

But kids still play in the sand

HOW TO BE A KINDERGARTEN PAINTER #2

Don’t think about a thing in any kind of conscious way. Just let it all unfold without hesitation or question. Pure emotion – pure sensation - a serious and exuberant kind of joy. Record the totality of being in the moment. Youthful painters stand apart from all the burdens of art histroical context. How do you begin to reaccess that unique and timeless space of being alive? No more questions  – Energy and enthusiasm in the presence of the present. Vitality is all there is - In the moment, this is all there is room for.

HOW TO BE A KINDERGARTEN PAINTER #1

You don’t need to care about anything other than the moment. Everything still seems so curious and exciting to you. Like the way the colors mix and the water changes color. It all evokes such an elemental sense of awe. You are definitely in touch  with something more real than almost any other painter alive today. There is a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face. You know completely what you are doing even when you have no way of explaining it. It doesn’t matter how you hold the brush or smear the paint around. You only listen to you impulses and your instincts. You were born knowing how to play and have fun. You were wired to figure things out in the most beautiful possible way. No one can call themselves an artist anymore than you. They may know all the theories and philosophies – but you have the vital  magic of youth which lends its timeless perspective to every human endeavor.  It is all so simple and painfully complicated to begin to understand how to be a kindergarten painter.

IN LIEU OF A MANIFESTO

As artists and educators – we are researchers; refining the methods and meanings present in our pursuits – we seek not only knowledge, but the meaning of knowledge. There is too much at stake to let the market or even the curriculum decide the value present in our engagements. To a large extent, the curriculum is always hidden and waiting to be defined anew by each new participant – this is the definition of a constructivist education. Furthermore, the market has no claim to ownership concerning the ultimate value of art. We cannot let the institutions define or defile that which is beyond the scope of definition. Art is unlike any other body of knowledge, its epistemologies are forever bound up in individual engagements with the worlds of sense and perception. Those who would deny the cognitive dimensions of creative and artistic pursuit have yet to fully engage the propostion. All knowledge is not contingent upon a claim to truth – The limits of knowing must continue being pushed in all domains of human life. Beyond knowledge specific to its own content, Art poses propositional ways of knowing which shape and evolve the very culture in which we live. The fundamental nature of art is an investigation into how we as a species create and engage our individual and collective cultural lives.

IMAGES & COGNITION #2

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IMAGES & COGNITION #1

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Romantic Studio Blather #14

I am the only one who can make these things. They draw upon every piece of who I am. I can teach you to do something like this – or you can borrow my novel new ideas. But deep down these things are mine, they came to be becasue of who I am and the stories I’ve lived. You pick up on trends and exciting new things , but you have to make them your own. Over the years in the basement studio, I have made these my own and they will only continue to grow. Something good is around the corner.

So sad, so brave (misconceptions) so right and wrong at the very same time

It is only partly up to you – someone still has to see something in you.

Take every chance you can take – to make this thing your only thing

the self-sustaining studio dream