There are two painters I currently admire above all the rest, although there are many examples enduring works of art. The first is Paul Gauguin, who painted actively in the late 1890’s. The second is Sandro Chia. I attended Chia’s first exhibit in New York City after a decade, at the Marc Straus gallery this late winter, early spring 2017. On display were a couple dozen affecting and mature paintings.Read More
The new Father John Misty album, “Pure Comedy,” is a professional collection of songs brooding of Post-Modern neurosis. I could spend the entire essay focusing on the lyrical content, which bloats the extensive track-list, but there’s so much complexity in his world-view that it may be best to either take it or leave itRead More
This blog post documents the developments in my interest in what I call the "Revolving Form." All images are taken from a sketchbook which was maintained between January 9th and March 19th, 2017.Read More
Nigredo roughly translates to “blackness” or “blackening,” and in alchemy was considered the first stage toward the ultimate goal of obtaining the philosopher’s stone. Initially, Calcinatio is the main alchemical operation in which the chemical ingredients (or prima materia) first must be refined and cleansed by intense heat and burning, that would result in a blackening of the material. The desired result was to burn away any imperfections or alien substances, to leave behind only the purest of substances.Read More
I first picked up the guitar and began singing when I was twelve years old. Something about the honesty in folk and blues music inspired me to find my voice.Read More
I have been established as a dweller among the shining ones; and the underworld has been opened up. I have divided the heavens, I have passed through the horizon, I have traversed the earth. I am borne away by the mighty and shining ones because, behold, I am furnished with millions of years which have magic virtues.Read More
I call these forms mandalas, since they revolve around a center-point, although they are not traditional in any way. The moment in which I spontaneously create these forms is always unique and irreversible.Read More
The fascination with the Chinese hermits went from curiosity at an intellectual level to an experiential understanding which was brought about by practicing both in daily life and in seated meditation. Once the experiences starts to unfold you begin to see the many layers and scales to these truths. It's something so simple but we come from such complex and built up conditions that breaking these down can be extremely difficult.
I'd also like to note that in a very simple way the practice can be summarized by discipline, concentration and wisdom. It's something that closely relates to psychoanalysis, but with a dash of Taoism and quantum physics thrown in there. I'd also like to mention the wisdom comes from paying close attention to ourselves and slowing down. This involves a meditation practice where we engage with ourselves and aim to develop a more aware perspective.Read More
My art is a search for something; I’m digging around. It’s like I’m gardening, in an intraterrestrial place, like a cave. You see, I’m digging for a well, then it caves in and I fall over. There, I discover something unexpected, even revelatory.
My art is not merely a search for aesthetic sensibility or beauty. Although I love materials and colors, the search that I’m doing is much more internal; it has mystical qualities.Read More
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In order to bring a more comprehensive scope and even more depth to the study of the archetypal dynamics at play in politics and social movements today, we must recognize the role of the archetypal Feminine. The social turmoil and divisive politics in the United States and Europe, all of which terrify, yet also excite and stir change — as seen in movement and countermovement, progression and reaction — are all contained within the most essential and primordial archetype of all: The Great Mother.Read More
If we begin to observe the mind closely, we will see that it tends to emphasize the negative. My discovery of this was subjective and expressed poetically above. Interestingly, in the scientific literature there is vast evidence for a “negativity bias."
I have been collecting and archiving sketchbooks since I was twelve years old. But this is the first time I ever filled a sketchbook so fast! All of this was created, just in December.Read More
Whether you are a watercolorist, oil painter, abstract acrylic maniac, sketch-book filler, or a novelist, short-story dasher, essayist, poet, fellow blogger, or a songwriter, musician, producer, these two keys ways of sustaining inspiration will surely be of help!Read More
In some ways I feel how Carl Jung must’ve felt at the brink of World War II, when he saw Hitler at a parade and immediately turned to his travel companion and said, “that is a man possessed.” At that moment, Jung recognized the personification of an evil so powerful that it is mythological, not merely human.Read More
Let us venture to see places yet unknown; We are little warriors to be, who may return to our homes.Read More
Alongside race issues, the far Left has also been seeking to redefine sexuality and gender, as well as a enforcing broad, politically correct language.
Progressive narratives, when taken out of the classroom can become messy. The emerging tendency of the far Left to renounce any criticism and isolate itself from intellectual debate goes against the foundation of our democracy. This goes beyond identity, beyond any other ideal; this is about truth and the basic ideal of an open and liberal society, which tolerates all views no matter how repulsive.Read More
Oliver Stone's new movie, about Edward Snowden, the controversial figure who leaked NSA documents and revealed, for the first time, the absurd reality of sweeping and aall-encompassing surveillance. Government agencies are collecting data on every person in the country. From your email to your phone; privacy is gone.
In that nakedness, few are exhibiting the appropriate anxiety that goes along with walking through the school's halls in one's underwear, or the anger that goes along with having one’s underwear thrown up onto the flagpole.Read More
Justin Vernon spontaneously materialized, instantly finding a place in the playlists of American and European listeners in 2007, with the release of his album “For Emma, Forever Ago.” Heart wrenching and vulnerable, stripped down and timeless, that first album proved original enough for hipsters and accessible enough for soccer moms.
The mythology around Bon Iver began with that first album: he had broken up with his girlfriend and his band, contracted a serious illness, recovered and retreated to isolation in the woods of Wisconsin. There he hunted for his food and stayed in his father’s cabin.Read More
a selection of my work from throughout the year.Read More