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Bee, season 1 credits

How to explain the Bee, is, many media influences together, without more connection than happens in a person’s (mine) Mind. A continuous surf session on the phone while laying on the couch during Covid-19. Here are the elements and their sources, listed:

Lucy Price, and Megan Slattery, for motivational self inspiration.
Emma Pryde, for Glory Kitsch
Alexa Lee, the Bee Gardener
Racheal Bunting, for unlimiting exaggeration and metaphor
K Drama, for rich soup narratives and graphic design
WebToons, for serial stories
Emma Rodseth, for noticing everything, and bee Poet., for livestreaming
The Hangers, for understanding and encouragement.
Peter Sparling, for A Month of Goldbergs

All my work now has a strong narrative content. I imagine and get to use more cultural connections than when I was an austere minimalist, as I was years ago. Of course, all-hail materials and process, but I want to fool around more now.

When trying to put a sculpture into a media-rich environment like Instagram, and you quickly see the use of series, video, storytelling, and music, it enlivens the subject matter. The art becomes the character in the center of a potentially star-building narrative system.

I create actual stuff, things, objects. I act with things in my environment, tools, studio, garden, home. I’ll continue to, because that what living is to me. Meanwhile, I don’t know what to do about the rich-media online environment. I like dipping into it, making a few comments, but I don’t really need it for anything, and it is a lot of work to maintain it well. For Documentation of Record, this blog here is a much better medium overall. It is all ultimately about finding a spot that can fully support all your madness, delusion and hallucination.


Now, Creating a place to live, for the Horse-Bodhisattva, a shine in the World. Out of the shiny bits and odd ends of what I have around, for fun and play. I feel like time is standing still – the aura of equanimity and composure radiates outwards from this sculpture into the whole world, now.

Now… so the word “now” is the word now.  I’m spending a lot of time in my studio (now), it is so nice to have a real place to be (now), not a virtual place at all. Still, Happy to connect with you, dear viewer, anywhere or time (now, or later).


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뭐 creativity

The question of “what is creativity?” arises as we believe we’re now excessively immersed in media throughout our lives in this world. Many can believe that creativity and originality is impossible now, and all efforts to conceptualize and realize ideas, thoughts, and feelings, are repetitive of earlier productions, and we’re only left to reexamine, resort, and morph the genres that already exist. I had worked artistically for years in the model of conceptualize-build-and present, but I no longer believe that ideas matter, or that the realized outcomes of ideas, that is, as artworks, matter either. For me now, what matters is that particular moment when one is mediating between the idea, the imagination, and the created thing, the realization, between the imaginary and the real. That gap, that bridge between the two worlds, the inner and outer universes we exist in, that middle-of-the-ocean non-place, far from either shore… this is the place I’m most interested in spending my time at, in my studio. Of course, as a person for whom relevance is no longer important or even possible, I am free to do this. For a sculptor, it is the moment  between design and execution, for the dancer, perhaps it is the moment after hearing the music and before making a step. For the poet it is the gap from the voice in the head to the words on the page. This duality forms every creative act, and like every duality, can be resolved by adding a third element, the instant of the creative moment itself.

… creativity capitalism

… social media, designed to draw off our surplus creativity in the same fashion as capitalism draws off our surplus labor’s value.

… every image and post, while promoting ourselves and creative products, also enriches the media platform where they are seen.

… we lose our hours and uniqueness, to be seen, at the price of commission paid to the media companies; our creative value-product itself.

foam progression

Having built-up enough volume of foam over the month, I’m ready to start carving back, and get some shape happening. I can see this will take a while. It’s good though to feel the materials and have the pleasure of working them with hands-on and tools. This is, after all, the good part.

For a minute I’d optimistically thought I was half-way on this: that I’d move onto the larger final version sooner. But  now I want to take the time to enjoy working on this; what I’d been thinking of as the model, taking on an outcome of it’s own, and experimenting with form, contours, and especially surface details. Can I do both at once? Ooooh…?? I should work out the surface detail now, before I have to do it on the large final version. If I were smart about it. But I’m not. I’m careless , and frivolous, and it appears, unconcerned with technique and process.