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Walking On A Stormy Beach

February 17th, 2017

Walking On A Stormy Beach

This is how one of my artworks, WALKING ON A STORMY BEACH, would look hanging on a wall.

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Black Lives Or Black Lies Matter

July 15th, 2016

Some people are doing a great disservice to the world by aggressively pushing a completely false claim that black men in America are being systematically targeted by trigger-happy, white, racist law enforcement officers.

Nothing could be farther from reality.

Consequently, the current wave of outrage over recent, highly-publicized, lethal police shootings of black men is NOT justified. This is misdirected outrage, and it is outrage grossly amplified by lies, engineered to mislead uninformed people in irrational behavior that gives them a sense of satisfaction in a fight for justice. Meanwhile the real source of outrage remains obscured and denied in a confusion of emotional turmoil that has blinded individuals to the truth. The destructive result of all this is a demonic transformation of independently-thinking human beings into thoughtless cells of an angry mob whose mass mind is now corrupted.

The "Black Lives Matter" movement is a racist movement, no less disturbing than some of history's worst racist movements. Its extremely narrow focus on race, in association with lethal shootings, has created a destructive mythology of hate. People who fall for this destructive mythology are themselves victims of a crime -- a crime against humanity itself.

If race is the main focus, and if there IS a reasonable foundation for outrage within this narrow focus, then the reason for outrage is this:

FROM: US Department Of Justice Data

* The number of blacks in 100,000 blacks who are victims of homicide is six times greater than the number of whites in 100,000 whites who are victims of homicide. This means that a black is six times more likely to kill a black than a white is to kill a white.

* The number of blacks in 100,00 blacks who commit homicide is seven times greater than the number of whites in 100,000 whites who commit homicide. This means that a black is seven times more likely to kill than a white.

FROM: the article ... Statistics Trump Slogans On Police Killings Of Black Men ... by ... Deroy Murdock (a black man)

* Between 2009 and 2012, for every black man — criminal or innocent — who was killed by a cop, 40 black men were murdered by other black men. This means that 97% of black men killed are murdered by other black men.

Why is it, then, that lies about black lives seem to matter more than facts about ALL lives?

Part of the answer is that some people will benefit from these lies. Politicians looking to be elected will play into these lies to gain votes. Organizations looking for funding will play into these lies to receive money. People who want meaning in their lives will derive such meaning in a swift dose of thrilling emotions, using these lies. Another part of the answer is that people of any race can become victims of scams. As a result, people of all colors who trust the "Black Lives Matter" movement are being scammed, either by their own wills or by hidden agendas of others.

Now why should I, as an artist, care about any of this? The answer is fairly basic: Art and artists do NOT exist in a vacuum isolated from the rest of culture. My art might hang on a wall, but it also "hangs" within an entire civilization, and I care about bad influences in this civilization where my art "hangs", similar to how I care about bad influences in a room where my art hangs. When a particularly bad influence presents itself, I have to speak up, because it affects the entire setting, in this case, the entire setting of human relationships that enables the positive flow of creative energy.

I have, so far, used a conservative tone in talking about this disturbing trend. Below are a couple of presentations of a LESS conservative tone that might be more fitting:

WARNING -- Graphic Language & Total Honesty that might be unsuitable for viewing by people afraid of the truth


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WARNING -- Really, REALLY Graphic Language & Total TOTAL, BRUTAL Honesty that will surely offend the sensibilities of those with milder dispositions




An Everyday Guy Talking About How Corporations Become Vampires

July 12th, 2016



It has become painfully obvious to me that the very concept of "corporation" allows for socially acceptable abuse. This is not your obvious form of abuse, but rather an insidious form of abuse that can mount up slowly, gradually disabling a person from performing what the person was hired to do.

For example, a corporation fails to pay a critical bill that would enable a salesperson to use advertising templates of a franchise with which this corporation has a contract to uphold the franchise's branding standards. Or the corporation does NOT fill a vacant sales manager position that the franchise requires, leaving only one regular salesperson to bear the brunt of selling, in a precarious position now lacking in support, which sets up this one person to be a scape goat, when overall sales fall short of corporate investor expectations. Or the corporation obscurely lists for sale the very property where this person works, which could account for why anything that costs money meets resistance to being purchased.

Why spend money for advertising tools, if you want to wash your hands of the thing being advertised? Why spend money to pay for a key salary, when you can sidestep this cost to maintain the minimum superficial appearance of an asset for potential buyers? -- this is the next owner's problem. It's an asset sales game, where you minimize costs to maximize gains.

I have seen it twice now in actual practice -- a large corporation paints a rosy picture of its mission on an impressive-looking website, only to fall dreadfully short of this mission on a local level. At the local level, real people who work hard to sustain the corporation must end up suffering the woes of slipshod management and lack of support in key areas of operating the business.

This is all part of the dehumanizing force of a corporation, where no one human seems to care about the entire body of the corporation. The very structure of the corporation can be so convoluted, complex, and impersonal that nobody knows who is ultimately responsible for its operation, and so nobody knows who to blame, which is good if you want to evade lawyers.

At this point, therefore, a corporation takes on the air of the fictional vampire -- stronger than any one human, smarter than any one human, seemingly immortal, whose sole mission is to suck as much blood out its resources as possible, in order to enable the survival of corporate investors. Even worse, the corporation becomes a slum lord for its investors, who are so far removed from the life blood (people) of their investments that they regard this life blood merely in terms of monetary sustenance for their cold hearted, soulless, corporate shell.

Corporate vampires are asset flippers of lifeless portfolios. Their huge amount of money is beyond everyday imagination, and so anything related to making money becomes a mere pawn in the asset-maximizing game. A high-rise building is no different than a ton of beans or a few shares of stock. The sheer size of the corporation and the sheer magnitude of multiple millions of dollars (compared to multiple hundreds) overwhelm critical details that determine excellence at the ground level. Sadly, the practice of excellence is easily lost in a quagmire of tunnel visioned financial interests. Individual human casualties, thus, are acceptable collateral damage. After all, there's always another human to suck the blood out of.

The critical flaw here, of course, is gross failure to treat human beings as the greatest assets of any corporation.

Nobody Owns Culture And I Am Not A Racist

July 7th, 2016



In her article, ... THE MEANINGS OF CULTURE (M/C Journal, vol 3, issue 2) ..., Asa Berger writes, "There are, so I understand, something like a hundred different definitions of culture used by anthropologists." Such a statement indicates that people are talking about a nebulous entity, whenever they even utter the word. How, then, can anybody make claims of ownership to an entity that is so open to interpretation? How can anybody invoke the concept of "property" to hold onto something that, by its very nature, evades grasping in a consistent manner?

The simple answer is that nobody reasonably can.

But who ever said that all claims by human beings are reasonable? Many claims are, in fact, unreasonable, which seems to be a characteristic of human cultures, in general. Reason is not the guide, but rather confusion is, which leads to negative feelings, conflicts, and inevitable breakdowns in good relations.

The popular logic of "cultural property", which currently seems to be in vogue in discussions about intellectual property, falls into this quagmire of confused claims that some humans attempt to use in establishing distinct identities in view of other humans whom they view as intellectual-property thieves. "Cultural intellectual property" can refer to any style, design, practice, or idea that anybody assigns to a particular group of people as ..."theirs"... by virtue of their race, historical use, or historical association with such intangibles.

Such logic artificially separates these intangible things from the total flow of human history, and it designates a particular subset of moments in time as the sole result of the particular group. Such logic idealistically distills and purifies the subset of historical moments and creates a code of expectation in how people are supposed to express identity with this group. The effect of such logic is to further isolate one group from another group and to create privileged barriers that prevent cross fertilization of different cultures.

The idea of "cultural property", then, in the sphere of intellectual property, creates walls that disable harmonious contact between people. Rather than creating definitions of people that enable respect, this idea erroneously forces stasis onto people processes that are fluid and dynamic, sometimes messy, subject to contamination and mutation. This is how evolution occurs. Nobody can own evolution. Nobody can own a process this big. Culture, similar to evolution, is a big process, whose boundaries are actually arbitrary in the greater scheme of things. The ideas, styles and designs of culture do not maintain unique identities over long periods -- they get absorbed into new arrangements within the whole course of Earth's evolution. At best, humans can make momentary claims on such things to enable the practical operation of civilizations, but to demand precise identity over long spans is to commit the greatest error imaginable, which is ignoring reality.

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Nobody Owns Culture

The Fallacy Of Cultural Property And Its Misapplication To Maori Imagery Replies To Criticisms

July 6th, 2016



ART UNDER SCRUTINY
Czech (and later, New Zealand) artist, Gottfried Lindauer (1839 – 1926), was famous for his portraits. Included among these were portraits of the Maori people of New Zealand. These Maori portraits have been photographed, and the resulting photographs have long been placed into the public domain, where, by law, anybody can use them. Some artists at Fine Art America have done precisely this, by making the images available on shower curtains and other home decor items.

CONTROVERSY
At least six different news stories at five different websites have emerged, championing the logic of cultural property by portraying Fine Art America as a practitioner of cultural misappropriation of the Maori images. Four of the five news stories name or quote the same individuals as authorities, in order to substantiate claims by people who express anger over such commercial uses. In most instances, the different news stories include the same authoritative quotes verbatim, as if originating from the same press release, submitted by the same contact person.

PROBLEM
This leads me to recognize a calculated effort by one organization to blanket as many news agencies as possible with a sensationalized story of wrongdoing, in order to bestow special privileges to a particular group.

This appears to be targeted activism, fueled by hypersensitivity to cultural differences, intensified by a heightened focus on ancestry, and driven by a strong determination to preserve the purity of a select group of humanity, using the concept of intellectual property "appropriated" from British law. This promotional effort to place Fine Art America in a negative light "appropriates" the internet as a tool to do so – a tool for which major advances stemmed largely from US Department of Defense developments in the field of computer technology, to say nothing about the numerous contributions by countless unnamed individuals of many cultures before and after that.

The problem, then, is in using the concept of cultural property as a foregone conclusion, when the very concept itself seems very much open to question, let alone appropriate for an enlightened civilization to practice. The problem is also focusing offended feelings about specific images onto one art website that deals with many thousands of other images having nothing to do with the images under scrutiny.

REPLIES TO CRITICISMS
Let’s take a look at some of the authoritative quotes put forth by the various news stories:

(1) People have to imagine it’s their grandparents. How would you feel if that was your grandparent that I was walking all over, that I was using as my shower curtain? It’s about rehumanizing it.

First, the images under scrutiny involve people many more generations removed than just grandparents – more like great, great, great grandparents, about whom many people have little knowledge and so very little to object to on the grounds supposed by the authority quoted here. Second, the entity under discussion is an IMAGE. It is NOT a live person. The image here is a two dimensional expression of a painter’s hand, copied by a camera. An actual person is far removed from being walked upon by feet or splashed upon by water. Third, where is the insult in walking on (or splashing water onto) functional items whose decorations we might find appealing?

If we can appreciate an image enough to accept it on our everyday items, then are we not showing a great deal of respect for such an image? If no, then the authority being quoted here has somehow determined that everyday items are lowly, dehumanizing things on their own, thus, polluters of images placed upon them. Where does the authority to make this judgment originate? This is not MY view, and I dare say that it is NOT the view of many other people either. Such a statement, then, seems extremely over-presumptive. If anything, dehumanization occurred when a dead image of a live person was painted by Gottfried Lindauer. There is nothing to "humanize" now, because it (the painting) was biologically dead to start with, and the subject who inspired the painting is biologically dead now.

If the quoted authority finds everyday objects dehumanizing, then I would suggest that this authority regard such a view as a very personal view, rather than trying to project a very personal view as the most common view. The authority being quoted certainly is entitled to the freedom to exercise this view in personal life, but not to preach it as a universal ethical law.

(2) . . . a level of arrogance and racism that came with the assumption that anyone had the right to use images as they chose without a thought for the meaning behind them.

People have been using images as decorations for the entire duration of human history, many times without any regard for the "meaning behind them". I would ask, "What meaning would people be expected to ascertain? Is everybody expected to ascertain the same meaning for the same image?"

Ask any artist this question, and you will get laughed at, because most artists understand that original meaning and viewer attraction to an image are often two separate phenomena. Any single image does NOT have a single universal meaning, and so the assumption about supposed arrogance and racism lacks logical foundation. If anything, the assumption that everybody should share the quoted authority’s sense of meaning for an image in question is arrogant. The charge of "racism" is simply misplaced, perhaps displaced anger over another, separate issue.

(3) Traditional Maori values honour the sanctity of cleansing and bathing.

In traditional cultural terms, in the context of tikanga Maori of Maori values around the sanctity of the body and the intimacy of the bathroom, to have an ancestor as a shower curtain is profoundly insulting.

My understanding of the English words appropriated here to explain traditional Maori values, then, leaves me completely perplexed. If cleansing and bathing are honorable, then how is incorporating a human image in these honorable acts insulting? If the bathroom is intimate, then how is incorporating a human image into an intimate space insulting? -- unless intimacy is somehow unclean, in which case this would be, yet again, ONE view of intimacy raised to the level of universal ethical law.

I dare say that uncounted millions of people feel zero insult regarding a human image on a shower curtain, whether it was an image of granny or an image of the Grim Reaper. People usually adorn their personal or intimate items with images that appeal to them. How is the appeal of an image on intimate objects not a compliment?

Sports fans put images of admired sports stars on their drinking cups, t-shirts, wall posters, and more. A rock star’s’ photo on a shower curtain would show no less admiration. To have a Maori chief’s image win out over a current pop star’s image on anything would seem to say something very positive about that Maori image. Is this really about respect or honor, then?

(4) He [a lawyer for three iwi in the Wai 262 Treaty claim over cultural and intellectual property rights] said descendants of those depicted in the artwork should write to Fine Art America explaining that the images on the shower curtains are offensive and done without consultation with Māori.

How does one "consult with" an entire culture? What official organization exactly represents the entire culture, and is this organization a true representative of every individual within the culture? Where are the precise boundaries of the culture to determine who the intellectual property owners are? Is someone who is half Maori and half French a qualified owner of such “cultural intellectual property”? Why would anyone just assume that any particular Maori cultural organization is THE organization with whom to "consult" before using imagery deemed public domain imagery by other official organizations? If I am so attuned to my ancestry that I know who they were at the dawn of history, then is it reasonable for me to expect somebody to consult me about using an image that represents this ancestor? How far back in time is a consultation required?

Such questions point to the extreme skepticism that I have regarding "cultural property" as a valid concept.

FLAWED GENERALIZATIONS
One of the errors that these news stories consistently make is to conflate all instances of using Maori images into the same offense, when very different offenses are under discussion. For example, one story speaks of a LIVING individual whose image was used without permission on home decor items. This, to me, seems like a clear violation of publicity rights, NOT anywhere near the same thing as using the image of a Maori chief, copied by a camera from a painting in the 1800's. Another example is the situation where a young Maori girl's image was snapped over the shoulder of another photographer who was the official photographer taking her photo, and this image was used on home decor items. Again, ... both a violation of publicity rights and using another photographer's set up to infringe on this photographer's work. ... NOT the same as using a battle scene involving the Maori from the 1800's. The error here is NOT distinguishing the time frames established by copyright laws to give people time in their own lives to use images of themselves, after which the images are most often placed into the public domain, so as not to hog image resources from creative use in the future.

Reply To Moana Maniapoto HANDS OFF OUR IMAGES

July 2nd, 2016



In her article, ...HANDS OFF OUR IMAGES ..., Mona Maniapoto uses charged terms, “racists and nutters”, in close association with her mention of the American website, Fine Art America. Seemingly without taking any time to investigate how this website works, she writes as if Fine Art America is an organization of rigid, centralized editorial standards, tightly policing all art submitted to it, when, in fact, Fine Art America is a clearinghouse for tens of thousands of INDIVIDUAL artist salespeople. Ms. Maniopoto uses her seeming misconception about the website to condemn the WHOLE website, when, in fact, her issue is with ONE artist out of the tens of thousands of artists who use the website. I am one of these artists, and I take offense to being collectively assimilated into her tapestry of “nutters and racists”.

She continues weaving her verbal tapestry around the website with phrases like “lack of taste” and “the appetite of opportunists to make a quick buck”. First, these phrases represent her personal judgments of taste and her personal ideals about how to make money. She elevates her own judgments and personal ideals as fact, when these judgments and ideals are ONE person’s opinion. Second, even if her opinions WERE facts, she is misapplying them to an entire population of artists to whom these opinions simply would NOT apply. That’s two flaws: (1) stating her opinion as if it were fact, and (2) applying a fact/opinion to a specific part as if this specific part were the whole.

Under the influence of her own personal opinion, she writes, “Why any human would buy a tote bag with a mokomōkai on it beggars belief” … , as if this OPINION is the golden standard for every human taste. Obviously, SOMEbody finds a mokomokai on a tote bag very interesting, or why would they even enable such a thing. It beggars MY own personal belief why anyone would consider a urinal in an art gallery as a symbol of modern art, but there it is, and many people revere it as iconic for this very reason. No one person or select group of people gets to say absolutely what is proper use of images and implements, whether adorning a cushion or adorning an artistic movement. This is what art is. Even in the sale of art as a commodity, this is what art is.

Would I myself use this subject on a cushion? No, because it has zero interest and appeal to me. But for someone, it obviously has significant interest and appeal. Why is this not extremely complimentary instead of “extremely hurtful”. People in America take their decor seriously, taking pains to choose the right cushion or shower curtain to hang in their homes. Again, how is this “hurtful”?

Further along in her article, Ms. Maniapoto mentions duvet covers of Hitler or vintage posters of a slave auction, as if this imagery is in the same league as images she is objecting to. News flash ! – images of Hitler and slavery are NOT in the same league as images of the Maori people. That’s false generalization of vastly different parts into the same whole. I would call this a misappropriation of logic. I would also say that implying that Hitler on commercial products in any way corresponds to Maori people on commercial products shows disrespect for Maori images, ... if you really hate Hitler. The fact is, though, some people probably find Hitler interesting, for reasons that have little to do with their own political stances, although I personally would find it difficult to use Hitler in decorations.

Again, Ms. Maniapoto implies an allegiance of all Fine Art America artists with Hitler, slavery, and her other “racists and nutters”. She groups together a whole list of offenses, including infringed images clearly protected by laws or publicity rights, and conveniently plugs in her claim of what amounts to cultural infringement to make her case. And again, I take offense, first (as I said) for her conflating me (by implication) into her hoard of “nutters and racists”, and second for her falsely associating the website of which I am a part with legitimate claims of infringement that the website handles accordingly.

Reading through Ms. Maniapoto’s article and her other comments across the internet, I get the feeling that her deep sense of the human body is anchored in a viewpoint that the human body is ultimately dirty and disgusting, and so anything that the naked human body might come in contact with is somehow soiled. This would explain her disgust with images for pillows on which people sit their rear ends or her disgust for shower curtains on which the water from dirty bodies would splash, hung in a part of the house where the dirty human body carries on its disgusting waste elimination process.

This repulsion of the human body, even though it might be ONE culture’s stance, might NOT be another culture’s stance, and to demand this stance for ALL cultures is a bit presumptive, to say the least. To represent herself as a spokesperson for ALL cultures on this issue is also a bit presumptive.
I, for one, certainly do NOT regard the human body in this light, and I suspect that there are others who do NOT regard the human body in this light. To demand that I accept this viewpoint as a golden rule is to deny me the ability to evolve my own cultural belief about the human body. To use this viewpoint to condemn my use of imagery represses my own cultural creativity in a vastly diverse civilization.

Photographs are IMAGES – two dimensional EXPRESSIONS of once multidimensional, dynamic living forms. EXPRESSIONS are ABSTRACTIONS from reality, and as such, they serve very well as adornments for all manner of things. This is how human beings put such expressions to use, by adorning their surroundings with such expressions, abstractions, or echoes of reality. One more time, how is this “hurtful”? How is this not using the energy of one culture to enhance another?

How is the call for people to keep their hands off certain images not a self-centered call, especially when another culture comes to recognize these images as adornments for the entire human race rather than as static possessions of any one group?

Aside from the questionable logic of her stance and the careless association of offenses without conscience of any gradations between them, my biggest issue with Moana Maniapoto is how she handled her complaint. Why did she not approach the offending artist first in a private email and explain her feelings on the matter? Why did she not attempt to contact the management of Fine Art America? Why did she not consider the thousands of other artists on Fine Art America and their lack of control over what any one of the artists posts on the website? Instead of taking a reasoned, behind the scenes, diplomatic approach in the name of education, she chose to grandstand her outrage, using (or should I say “appropriating”) the Fine Art America website to frame her grandstanding.

Furthermore, the breezy tone of her writing style smacks of entertainment value for an audience of captured readers, rather than carrying forth a tone of seasoned diplomacy. She seems to be trying to please her audience with her opening sentences and their colloquial style of language usage, which, by the way, is an appropriation of language style from another culture.

She seems to find great satisfaction in her expression of outrage, as if mugging for the camera, but instead of a camera, she is mugging for the rapt attention of her potential viewers.

She uses a website dedicated to the Maori people as her platform to do this grandstanding, and she uses a public-domain image of one of her ancestors to illustrate her grandstanding.

She is expressing herself, and she is using already established entities as her instruments of expression. She does a good job at it. She uses her instruments well, as any good artist comes to do. And as any good artist runs the risk of doing, she has outraged some people along the way, myself being one of them.

Do I condemn her as a person? No. I merely point out what she is doing, ... in order that I might represent ANY art (including the art of language) for what it is – a fluid, constantly evolving, moving array of human contrivances that lend themselves to ingenious uses across different eras.

Maori Images And The Misappropriation Of Logic

July 1st, 2016



In light of a rash of articles across the internet condemning Fine Art America because of so called, "cultural misappropriation" of public-domain Maori people images, I feel compelled to continue questioning the very logic of the whole idea.

From Stanford Library, Stanford University, home of Stanford Law School - ranked the second best law school in the United States:
"http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/public-domain/welcome/"
The term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it.

This alone means that the claim about Fine Art America's cultural misappropriation of Maori people images, symbols or designs does NOT have any legal foundation.

What about ethical foundations?

To answer this question, we have to consider what IS and is NOT ethical. Is it ethical to put an image of Jesus on a roll of toilet paper? This all depends on one's personal feelings about the human body and the human body's functions or on one's personal views about Jesus. If we view the act of defecating as a disgusting lowly act to be denied and avoided (the ultimate dirty act), then we might feel that Jesus on toilet paper is unethical. But is this the ONLY way to view human defecation? Suppose somebody does not even glorify Jesus? Why would we automatically accept a disgusting view of defecation, amplified by glorified worship of Jesus, and allow THIS one viewpoint as the ONLY viewpoint to dictate our definitions of "ethical"?

Another view is that defecation is a natural bodily process necessary for life itself, and that Jesus on toilet paper might adorn this bodily function with greater spiritual meaning. Or Jesus was just an activist and not the son of God.

Even if we believed that Jesus is the son of God, then why would Jesus on toilet paper not make the act of defecating more religious rather than the act of defecating making the image of Jesus more insulted? In other words, are we ethically obligated to accept only one culture's sense of defecation in one historical epoch? Isn't this itself a form of cultural discrimination? And isn't using this discrimination to define a restrictive use of imagery merely a further extension of such discrimination?

Also, why should the demand to know the meaning of all cultural symbols have any validity in a "cultural appropriation" claim? Ask an artist what his or her painting means, compare this to what a total stranger thinks the artist's painting means, and you will most likely get completely different explanations of meanings. It is NOT the moral or ethical duty of the viewer of an aesthetically pleasing image to know what the original meaning is. Meaning is a fluid thing. If different people can find different meanings (or no meanings) in the same image, then this is a good thing, because this is what the creative human mind naturally does.

Any person, then, who advocates restricting the images, symbols or designs of one culture from all other cultures seems to be practicing cultural discrimination -- first by segregating aspects of one culture from another culture, and second, by trying to control how other cultures bring new meanings to these aspects or incorporate these aspects into their own cultures.

Do we, as a modern enlightened civilization, really want to segregate cultural attributes in this way? Isn't this the very thing that we should be trying to avoid?

How is restricting access to public-domain cultural imagery substantially different from restricting access to riding at the front of a bus in public transportation? How is restricting access to public-domain cultural imagery substantially different from restricting access to public bathrooms? When we start isolating cultures and demanding segregation in the name of "respect", isn't this regress instead of progress?

When we start talking about "dominant cultures" vs "minority cultures", we only intensify the problem with faulty divisions. These two labels discriminate in a negative way, plain and simple, and so they seem self defeating from the very start. These labels, then, are of zero use in discussing the idea of "cultural appropriation" with any wisdom. We are better to speak of "human beings" and their great variety, and the blending or fusion of all cultural aspects that leads humanity as a whole to a mass world culture, where all this variety can be used creatively by everyone.

Artists, as individuals, and artists, as business people, are creative. Creative people find new uses for the available materials that surround them. Condemning creativity, therefore, in the guise of preventing "cultural appropriation" is a misappropriation of logic.




Fine Art America Cultural Appropriation Misappropriation Argument Is Inappropriate

June 30th, 2016



Living things, by nature, are appropriators. The universe itself is one big mega-appropriator, ultimately sampling from the infinite, eternal pool of resources to arrive at whatever works. One culture has no special privilege in this grand scheme to demand control over any particular results of this pool of resources, in light of the fact that this is how civilization naturally evolves – by blending, fusing, copying, recombining, and reinterpreting all the various elements of all the cultures of the world.

Music evolves this way. Fashion evolves this way. Food evolves this way. Industry, science, philosophy, humor, … you name it … evolve this way. How is it, then, that the use of imagery should be any different?

Images are made by humans. If a paintbrush or a camera makes images, then this is a tool of humans used to capture some idealized, momentary form of an ephemeral event in the cosmos. How can anybody lay special claim to images that are idealizations made with a human tool – the camera? – images which represent cultures long gone, cultures who made no issues about posing for the camera or taking zero measures to avoid the camera for fear of image misappropriation by another culture in the future?

And who is to say that an image printed on canvas for a living room wall is more honorable than an image printed on toilet paper for the bathroom? Both canvas and toilet paper have valid functions. In an enlightened civilization, the cold, nonliving material base of the canvas wall hanging should NOT have a greater place of esteem than the paper used in a warm, active, living, organic exchange of nutrients transgressing into waste products of a living being, in a bodily function that is positively essential for life itself. Any idealization of the wall hanging over the toilet paper, then, is purely arbitrary – itself a more serious cultural bias than the simple preference of using one image rather than another in either domestic location.

I bring all this up because of a recent flurry of emotions about certain images of a certain culture being made available by Fine Art America on commercial products such as shower curtains or decorative pillows.

A wise point of view would seem to frame the whole issue raised in this emotional flurry as ludicrous self-interest at worst, or, at best, grossly erroneous thinking.

Awesome Beach Gear Ensemble Round Towel Carry Pouch Tote Bag and T Shirt

June 20th, 2016

For people who like matching sets, I have this ensemble of beach gear (click on pics for ordering info):

Round Beach Towel
sun face beach towel by Robert Kernodle

Weekender Tote Bag
sun face carry pouch by Robert Kernodle

Carry-All Pouch
sun face tote bag by Robert Kernodle

T-Shirt
sun face t-shirt by Robert Kernodle

The design on this beach gear is one of my own that incorporates elements extracted digitally from a pencil drawing that I did years ago. ... It consists of a personified sun, mysterious symbols that I made up, and layers of color gradients that suggest sunrises over water.

The symbols are purely imaginary - they can mean whatever you want. ... Maybe they are alien zodiac symbols or unknown hieroglyphics from an ancient civilization.

sun face round towel by Robert Kernodle on Maui beach

Why Round Beach Towels Are All The Rage

June 16th, 2016

It makes perfect sense, really, ... that a beach towel should be round.

The globe of the planet on which beaches exist is close to round. ... The sun in which we bask on this ground is nearly round. ... The human body's musculature radiates circularly in increasing strength from its center muscles to its extremity muscles. ... The classic models of science and art were based on circles and spheres. ... Plato, I believe, even idealized the circle as the perfect form.

With all this resonance of human consciousness with circles and spheres, there is no wonder that we find such great resonance with the round beach towel.

Click the pic to find information on ordering this one:



. . .OR

this one:



Think about it: The earth orbits around the sun, creating an arc across the sky, which is part of a circle, which requires the human body to track the sun by changing bodily positions, as the sun moves across its arc, in order to maintain a favorable angle for, say, tanning on the beach.

With a rectangular towel, you have to stand up, re-position the towel and resume your basking. ... With a round beach towel, on the other hand, you merely stay on the towel and rotate your body about its center, because the towel's circular area always contains the length of you body in its diameter.

Latest Round Beach Towel Designs - Dragon Skin Ice Water Crystals

June 14th, 2016

Here are the latest additions to my round beach towel and weekender tote bag sets (click on links for ordering information):
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Ice Crystal Round Beach Towel
Ice Crystal Weekender Tote Bag
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Dragon Skin Round Beach Towel
Dragon Skin Weekender Tote Bag
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Ice Water Round Beach Towel
Ice Water Weekender Tote Bag

Round Beach Towels In Cool Color Palette

June 13th, 2016

Here are three more designs for round beach towels, this time in cool colors (as opposed to warm colors).

Click on images for ordering information:


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Iris Fractal Round Beach Towel


Beautiful Round Beach Towel and Weekender Tote Bag Matching Pairs

June 12th, 2016

I recently created the following beautiful designs for extraordinarily unique ROUND beach towels and highly functional weekender tote bags.

For convenience, I have selected these matching combos from my various galleries and put them together here with corresponding links to click on for ordering:
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Combo No. 1 Beach Towel
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Combo No. 3 Beach Towel
Combo No. 3 Tote Bag

New Calendar Based On INDUSTRIAL GRUNGE Series

June 11th, 2016

Wall Calendar 2017 Industrial Grunge
Wall Calendar 2017 Industrial Grunge by RobertKernodle

This is the new calendar that I am offering, based on images in my INDUSTRIAL GRUNGE gallery.

Click on the ... "Click Here for More Information" ... link below to go to my list of galleries, where you will find all these images available in prints of various sizes on various substrates, ranging from fine art paper to aluminum metal.

New Series -- Industrial Grunge

June 1st, 2016


Three Selections From The Series INDUSTRIAL GRUNGE by Robert Kernodle

What is it about old industrial fixtures that makes images of them so visually appealing? I think that their appeal comes from how close their forms are connected to the human body in a more mechanical, less electrical manner.

Somehow, crude levers, pipes, gears, and rusty beams seem more intimate with humanity, and so these forms speak to a more primal aspect of human being.

Early industrial fixtures, thus, capture people in one of their most creative phases of existence, embodying feats of ingenuity that somehow had greater tangibility than industrial fixtures of the current era.

My new series, ... INDUSTRIAL GRUNGE ... beckons to this seemingly greater tangibility of early industry, by further exaggerating it through old photographs of industrial fixtures digitally transformed into ragged, idealized colorizations.


Robert Kernodle INDUSTRIAL GRUNGE Portfolio

Art Of Redirecting Sunlight For Gardening

May 29th, 2016

Overhead View Of Mirror Redirecting Sunlight Onto Shaded Garden --- Illustration by Robert Kernodle



The above illustration represents a bird’s-eye view of a semi-circular raised garden bed that I made using found slabs of concrete pavement that somebody jack hammered and dumped into a small patch of woods nearby.

This raised bed is at the edge of these woods, with a stand of tall tress extending 150 feet or more from its rear and running along one side not far away.

Close by, directly across from the garden bed is a densely overgrown oasis of wisteria, wild blackberries, and wild rose bushes that I left in place, after clearing most of the rest of the field (years ago). … There are a couple of small trees nestled within this wild oasis, as well.

The cumulative effect of the small forest and the wild overgrown oasis is to enfold my semi-circular garden bed in shade all day. … Some morning sun filters through, ... some late afternoon sun filters through, ... and just a very small amount of other sun shines through breaks in the leaves at other times of the day.

I was not convinced that this amount of sunlight was sufficient, even for a planned stand of elephant ears, and so I built a mirror to redirect a little more sunlight onto this plot. … To make the mirror panel, I used exterior insulation board covered with highly reflective mirrored plastic sheeting (otherwise known as “mylar”), which I taped into place using Gorilla Tape. … I could find only one company that sold mylar of a suitable thickness (4 mm) and reflectivity (95%).

I attached the mirrored panel made from this mylar to a frame that I made out of concrete reinforcing wire (otherwise known as “remesh”). … I bent the remesh frame into shape by hand, after cutting out corner slots with bolt cutters, effectively forming a thick wire panel that had great stability due to folding at the edges and securing with cable ties. … I essentially sandwiched the mirrored panel on the remesh face between strips of wood that I bolted together, forming a clamp on all four edges of the frame. … I did this, knowing that even the Gorilla Tape would not hold up to weathering, but the clamps would then take over, when the tape eventually failed.

I wanted a mirrored surface that I could leave outside.

After finishing the mirror, I cleared a spot in the wild oasis, and used the remaining natural growth behind it as a means of holding it at a workable angle to redirect sunlight where I wanted it.

I am now sculpting sunlight, hoping that I have created a more optimal environment for my elephant ear project.

The OMICRON PAINTINGS Of Robert G Kernodle

May 19th, 2016

The OMICRON PAINTINGS Of Robert G Kernodle

IMAGE - Omicron Warrior by Robert G. Kernodle, Acrylic House Paint On Copy Paper, 11" x 17", circa 1999

I believe that mind and spirit cannot exist without a body. A human body’s substance, furthermore, has no soul. I view both body and substance as the main priorities. Physical "stuff", in other words , is exalted and grandiose. My Omicron Paintings (a series created in 1999) visualizes this unorthodox, material-based philosophy.

At first, the raw, muscular figures in The Omicrons seem to wear masks. A clear understanding of my views reveals otherwise—I actually express the opposite of concealing one’s identity. Omicron faces represent faces that look beyond an absolute identity, and they open their bodies to the whole universe. My point of view is that each, seemingly independent body extends from the grand body of space. Space, for me, is a primordial, fluid substance. My undefined (open) Omicron faces look back into this primal origin of all things.

I believe that space is fullness, not emptiness. It is totality, not void. It is content, not merely a passive container. It is the active, vital, always present, inescapable, ultimate material of all being. It is the only one, true material from which all its forms condense. Forms, in my conception of space, are made of space itself. As water droplets condense from steam, the figures in my Omicrons condense from space.

My conception of space is cosmic cytoplasm. It is the infinite, eternal, continuous constituent of objects, and the recurring intervals between its constituent objects. Space’s components recede to incomprehensible sizes, and these components agglomerate into proportions that the human mind cannot really grasp. From my perspective, human consciousness can attune only to a limited range of these sizes or proportions. Consequently, space is sometimes visible as figures, and other times invisible as intervening gaps. As visible water transitions into invisible vapor, visible bodies transition into invisible space. My concept of body never completely separates from my concept of the body’s background—the two are the same stuff in different states of compression.

I, thus, envisions the living body as a celestial whirlpool in the fluid substance of reality. This outlook partly explains my signature ellipse in The Omicrons. An ellipse simply abbreviates circular activity of the universe’s substance—it represents a center around which a body mass takes form.

Omicron figures typically lack developed hands and feet. Extremities grade into bands that tie bodies into their common, life-giving medium. Truncated hands and feet show my refusal to represent living beings as absolute, closed boundaries. Like my open faces, my open arms and legs suggest that universal substance flows through us. Space substance, in my view, forever converts appearances, between developed limbs and contrasting backgrounds.

Because all existence has a material foundation, I argue that there can be no non-existence. “Non-existence” has never been a valid concept—it is an absurd concept. There can be nothing outside of existence, such as a non-substantial spirit. "Spirit” can only be the same thing as primordial substance, which fills everything and simultaneously intervenes as the background for every thing it fills.


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Your Life Is Your Signature

May 18th, 2016

Signing your name on a piece of paper is a symbolic act of representing your most basic sense of identity. This act of signing is an act of commitment. A signature says, “I own it”, “I take responsibility for it”, “I claim it”, “I have a deep connection to it”, or “I take pride in it.”

A signature is both a profound thing and, unfortunately, a fragmented concept.

Defining a signature as the mere flourish of a writing tool is what makes it a fragmented concept.

How is it that the action of such a small assemblage of muscles in the human extremities can come to symbolize the seriousness of a whole person’s identity? How is it that ALL a person’s actions are not regarded as the person’s “signature”?

The way you live your ENTIRE life is your signature. Everything that you touch vibrates with some measure of your life energy. Your signature is embedded in every single action, therefore, whether you see it in a static visible mark or not.

Every action that you do in the world says, “I did this.” Consequently, every action of yours is how people identify you. You cannot say one thing, do another, and expect people to believe that you are an entity that you represent in a language form. A mere verbal representation, then, is a fantasy, if it lacks a physical foundation in your actions.

A written signature means little, if people cannot connect it to a consistent pattern of behavior that is respectable. Similarly, a mere physical presence, no matter how well dressed, means little, if people cannot connect it to a pattern of behavior that is respectable.

This is what I do not understand about a number of people that I have dealt with in the past.

How can you go through life, slopping around, making excuses?, ... waiting for the perfect situation before trying to perform your best?, … the perfect salary?, … the perfect relationship?, … the perfect town to live in? … .

When do you ever PRACTICE being your best, so that when the most agreeable circumstances come along, you would even be fit enough to EXECUTE the actions of being your best?

Some people seem to think that there is a magic moment, when they can willingly turn everything around, when never before this magic moment have they ever PRACTICED the sorts of behaviors that can make such a magic moment magical. That is like saying, “When I get a chance to run the big race, I will run it the very best I can”, never having trained muscles and joints to run at the intensity level of big races.

In short, opportunities can arise, and you are NOT in shape to take advantage of them, because you only thought you had to try your best, when you were rewarded for your best. But if you have never DONE your best, then where is the FOUNDATION for getting rewarded for it now? It has NEVER existed in your actions before. It has never been a part of your life signature. People do not know you this way. You, thus, are flirting with an irrational fantasy.

Your life that you live everyday IS your signature. THIS is how people know you and come to respond to you.

Alien Symphony Wall Calendar

November 13th, 2015

Here is the back cover of this twelve-month, large item that incorporates images from my ALIEN ALPHABETS gallery:

Alien Symphony Calendar
Alien Symphony Calendar by RobertKernodle
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Beautiful Orchid Print

May 29th, 2015

Beautiful Orchid Print

Robert Kernodle Orchid Prints

A well chosen frame and matt can turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary wall hanging.

Abstract Expression NOT Always Emotional

September 2nd, 2012

Abstract Expression NOT Always Emotional

Passion's Shore ORIGINAL
Fluism PAINTING by Robert G. Kernodle

Expression Does Not Equal Emotion

In some discussions about abstract art, I have encountered a strong, implied premise that ALL abstract art SHOULD be concerned with emotions that precede the artistic creation. I also have encountered further implications that art devoid of emotions DURING its creation might be deficient in some way, or that a viewer's EXPERIENCED emotions in an artwork REQUIRE the artist's exuding emotions into the artwork, while the artwork comes into being. My experiences in creating art do NOT confirm such assumptions.

Emotions depend intimately on raw sensory inputs, to begin with. Without such raw sensory inputs, emotions could not exist. Consequently, art can provide the raw inputs from which both artists and viewers realize emotions. Emotions, thus, need not be the inspirations for creating art. In particular, emotions need not be the inspirations for creating what the art world categorizes as "abstract art" or as "abstract expressionism".

From My Experience

For example, I can work on a piece, and I am NOT aware (in the least) of any particular emotions. I perceive the unfolding of a particular color combination or a particular group of patterns, and ONLY AFTER my perceptions of these things do I experience particular emotions. In his way, the WORK creates resultant emotions; precursor emotions in ME do NOT create the work. In other words, I "listen" to the work; I do NOT force the work to "listen" to ME.

In my case, the process of making an artwork is usually drudgery (for the most part). But within this drudgery, I routinely find moments of pure delight that push me through to a conclusion. And the finished work usually produces a sense of great fulfillment. If it fails to produce such fulfillment, then I trash it and start another work that promises to be more fulfilling than the preceding failure.

Exploring Through Trial And Error

In creating an abstract artwork, I am NOT reacting to emotions that are already present. Instead, I am exploring to discover compositions that DELIVER emotions that I simply like. I am NOT expressing anything. Rather, my actions themselves ARE the expressions, in my eyes that physiologically express colors and harmonies within my anatomical measuring system (i.e., my whole body). Human senses themselves are the primal "expressers". The senses themselves are ALWAYS expressing the appearances of the world as ONLY human bodies can experess them. What we call "emotions" are the SECONDARY expressions on top of the PRIMARY expressions.

Human eyes EXPRESS colors. Human ears EXPRESS sounds. Human taste buds EXPRESS "sweet, sour, bitter". Human muscles EXPRESS dizziness, balance, heaviness, and other deep muscular sensations. The human body is an expressive organ by its very existence. THIS is the sense in which my abstract artworks are "expressions". THIS is the basis of emotions that arise from expressions.

Emotional Awareness

Now I DO believe that OTHER artists can work this process in the other direction, where they feel certain emotions first, which they then "translate" into artworks. In other words, precursor emotions CAN, most certainly, exist in these artists, and these precursor emotions drive the work. This is NOT what I, myself, generally do, however. I can think of only one work that I have ever created this way, and, honestly, it did not impress me as any more distinct than works that I created from pure sensory motivations.

All emotions, whether pre-formed or later realized in a person, are first based on pure perceptions, and pure perceptions constitute the broadest domain of abstract art, as I see it.

Flower Philosophy

February 14th, 2012

Flower Philosophy

Juan Ferret (2009), The Power Of Flowers: The Philosophy Of Organism Of The Maya, TRANSFORMATIVE PHILOSOPHY AFTER JOHN H. HADDOX: ESSAYS HONORING 50 YEARS OF MEXICAN, AMERICAN, AND SOCIAL THOUGHT, Ed. Carlos Alberto Sanchez and Jules Simon. Edwin Mellen Press. http://works.bepress.com/juan_ferret/6/

"Flowers are the epitomes of what constitute an organism, and, thus, humans must grasp their dynamic essences. Treated this way, flowers are the most visible and necessary of actual entities. Their connections with the earth, sun, humans, and water are what form them and, in turn, inform those in contact with them. The power of flowers comes from their actual and potential interactions with others in their environments, not from their constitutions as isolated objects.”



PHOTO by Robert G. Kernodle

All That I Am

November 15th, 2011

All That I Am

COSMIC HEADPIECE Ascension Of Reason original painting by Robert G. Kernodle, inspired by a Burne Hogarth human anatomy drawing, MATERIALS-art acrylics on gallery-wrap stretched canvas, DIMENSIONS-36" x 60", YEAR-circa 2000.

Origins


I cannot know for certain what came before me. What I do know, however, is that my existence is sufficient justification to value my thoughts, because why would material substance ascend to conceptual awareness, if conceptual awareness had no benefit for the material substance from which it originated?

What I think, then, is that all life, ... all things, in fact, arise from the depths of a cosmic ocean -- an ocean so deep that no consciousness can encompass it. No mind can grasp it. Consequently, the human mind must get a fix upon itself by comparing its limited boundaries of conception to its greater expanses of perception.

Perception And Conception


Sensory perception exceeds mental conception, while containing it as well. In other words, perception transcends and includes conception, even though many people believe that this relationship is the other way around. Perception, in its boundless freedom, defines the mind, as a sea defines an island or as a pond defines a fallen leaf. Such watery masses act as malleable backgrounds against which the seemingly bounded shapes of islands and leaves gain figurative meanings.

I am, then, a sort of island or a leaf in the greater sea of eternity. I arose from the primal anatomy of all life, which came from the Earth's fluid oceans, which came from the Universe's sub-quantum, super-fluid sea. Nobody can know for certain whether such successive, recursive encasements ever end or even begin. Since I trust my mind's reflections, I trust my sense of harmony in the idea that such successive, recursive encasements never end and never ultimately begin.

Infinity And Eternity


I suggest, therefore, that we humans are best to think of infinity and eternity in these literal fluid terms, so that we might find shared harmony in shared ideas about how our individual physical forms float for a while and eventually re-dissolve into reality's whole.

Earth’s watery oceans were born of cosmic water-like plasma, and these oceans eventually echoed fluid’s most minute structure-building characteristics (by way of dynamic fluid turbulence), producing a symphony of cellular compartmentalization, membrane interfacing, organic agglomeration, and systemic accumulation. This symphony of life continued until a curious form emerged that walked upright on bony stilts inside a strangely symmetrical watery, fleshy sack.

All that I am, therefore, is this watery sack on bony stilts, strolling about a blue globe, hurtling about its colossal fluid cousin Sun, in turn hurtling about its even more distant relative fluid galactic center. All that I am in this universe is less than an insect, … even less than the least amount I can imagine. I am nothing. Yet I perceive that I am.

Purpose And Meaning


I exist, and this accounts for something. It accounts for a meaning in an otherwise meaningless, eternal plastic flow. The meaning of my being is motion, … peak patterning, … and then dissipating, decaying, and dying, which fabricates the raw materials for new living . The meaning of life is established in death, and the meaning of death is established in life. Again the island/ocean, leaf/pond analogies apply. We know the most, when we accept that we die.

All that I am is death recycled, … breath re-filtered, … atoms rearranged, and old thoughts newly refined. What’s the point? There is no point. Points are dots, and nothing in life-death-life is so confined. Dots (thus points) are pointless ways to conceive of purpose and meaning. Instead, purpose and meaning flow from movement of substance that never ceases. All that I am ultimately is substance-motion unceasing. I am a peak realization whose total body exceeds its watery, fleshy bounds, just as a ripple from a raindrop exceeds the raindrop’s primary mass.

My existence has ripples in a much grander puddle. I ripple through all other beings, and all other beings ripple through me. All that I am is the universe, where my being here-and-now is just a raindrop.

From Chaos To Construction

November 12th, 2011

From Chaos To Construction

FLUIDISM Original Painting by Robert G. Kernodle
TITLE: Aura
DIMENSIONS: 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches
MATERIALS: Art acrylics on foam core, unmounted, unframed



Seven years ago, I made this painting hastily, with NO planning or forethought.  I now store it, covered with tracing paper, between the protective pages of an old wall calendar, in a plastic bag, in one of my desk drawers.  Not long ago, I photographed it for the first time.

This painting came into existence, because I could not bring myself to throw away very small amounts of fluid acrylics, left over from other projects.  I dumped these leftover acrylics onto a small piece of foam core that I previously colored with shades of dark green.   I performed a few manipulations of the foam core to move the liquids around, and I arrived at what you see pictured.  I did not believe that the resulting fluid patterns could survive drying, but these patterns did survive.

Forever Is Now



I call this painting Aura, because I believe it has the aura of eternity. Eternity is infinitely and forever fluid.  In each puddle of fluid that we observe now, we see the essence of forever.  Forever is catastrophically beautiful, with unplanned events, or “accidents” that occupy unplanned spans of space and time that are just as important as planned events.

Arguing With Einstein



Albert Einstein supposedly said that God does not play dice with the universe.  I would argue with Einstein, contending that God does something even more unpredictable than playing dice.  God does not gamble, because God does not even reason in the way that some religions preach.  I could argue that God exceeds both reasoning and conscious intentions.

Something else exists prior to reasoning.  Logic is born from illogic.  Thought is born from non-thought.  Human beings think, while the Supreme Being of the universe just acts.  The universe does not need to think, because it simply acts as it always has and always will. 

Eternal dynamic fluid actions rule reality.  Jackson Pollock sensed this, and other people, from past centuries to present times, have sensed this.  The most enlightened artists, scientists, philosophers and religious thinkers all probably sense this in some deep, unexplainable way.


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Fundamental Fluid Nature Of All Physical Reality

November 11th, 2011

Fundamental Fluid Nature Of All Physical Reality

We do not always realize that complex ideas rely on simple concepts. A good example is the atomic theory, where the idea of atoms originally depended on the simple concept of a particle.

In order for something to be a particle, it has to have an encompassing boundary to create a lasting identity. In order for the encompassing boundary to create a lasting identity, the boundary has to be solid. Popular representations, in fact, once pictured atoms as groups of tiny hard balls revolving around central groups of more tiny hard balls.

Eventhough this early model has grown more complex, the underlying concept of an atom’s inflexible parts persists. Some fringe thinkers believe that this so-called “solid bias” is the eyesore of modern science. Gerald I. Lebau and his most loyal advocate, Joel D. Morrison make convincing, although complicated, alternative arguments against the idea of solidity in science. My leaning, however, is not primarily scientific

Even so, I identify with Lebau's and Morrison's belief that the universe has no ultimate solid foundation. I, like Morrison, also believe that the universe has no ultimate fluid foundation either, because constant, liquid change cannot fixate into an ultimate base. The very concept of a fluid implies that the base of reality is always falling out and reforming. The only eternal aspect of existence is this always-flexible dynamic.

My art, therefore, supports a scientific world-view that favors the continuous transformation of fluid patterns. The images I produce are more than pretty pictures. They are visual expressions of how reality really works. From the smallest sub-atomic structures to the grandest cosmic conglomerations, ... infinite existence deforms and flows eternally.

A large rock appears rigid in the span of human life, but in the span of geophysical evolution, this large rock is a speck of liquid in Earth’s plastic deformation over eons. Planets, stars, galaxies and mega-galaxies, likewise, form, deform and flow. No form is permanent. Nothing lasts.

All patterns of the universe are ephemeral. All objects, identities, and boundaries are relative and momentary on scales of time above them, as they are static and permanent on scales of time below them. Resonances, harmonies and symphonies occur at all scales, but all scales together move. Purpose and meaning exist at given scales in given times relative to these scales, but the grandest, persistent purpose is change.