A kineograph of facial expressions while talking to the camera. Speaking as a card-carrying old guy, the sepia faux-antique look seems appropriate. People say my work is humorous. Of course it is, but there’s a lot more than that going on.
I’m old enough that my father served in WW2, a war we fought to destroy fascism. And now I’m watching the rebirth of totalitarianism in my own country, the USA. I am horrified by the things our Dear President is saying, that any disagreement with him is tantamount to treason. I remember when they used “Love it or Leave it” during the Vietnam war, but we aren’t fighting a war now. This is all about Trump. Either support everything he says and does, or leave the country. That isn’t patriotism. That’s insanity. Now I know how the Nazi’s rose in 1930’s Germany. It’s actually easy to create a Cult of the Supreme Leader. We are in big trouble.
I love to walk. I love the freedom it gives. I used to walk non stop all day, exploring country or city. But as I age, it gets more challenging.
A very short list of a few of the things that have been significant to me over the years? El Saler beach, Valencia, Spain
I arrogantly place myself in the firmament, multiple times to make sure the point is made. The day I was there, in Tucson, the street was empty except for a florist’s van unloading flowers for an event. Flowers always seem to be part of these things, so I included them here to help hide the church. I have an uneasy relationship with religion, any religion. But the church is a nice building.
These things are truly weird. Seeing them flap around certainly gets my attention, but it doesn’t make me want to buy anything. But I had to insert myself into that “life.” Great exercise!
My thoughts on climate change and the endless acquisition of wealth. I know that in the short term there will be huge upheavals in humanity all over this planet. People in many areas and countries will suffer horribly, and most governments, especially ours, will do little or nothing to prevent it. They will, in fact, seek to exploit it for greater wealth. Ice free sea lanes in the Arctic Ocean to gain access to resources is an example of this. On the less depressing side, I also know that humanity will survive the climate change. Sea levels will rise, and low-lying cities and countries will suffer and be abandoned, but new cities will be built. Come to terms with it: the government won’t do anything to prevent it. So position yourself and your children to be able to deal with it and survive. There will always be a future.
In this video, I have turned myself into a Chac Mool, an ancient Mayan rain god. He is always depicted with a bowl on his belly for the blood sacrifices to ensure the annual rains. Look it up. Is this cultural appropriation? Of course. But the point is, the Mayan civilization of a thousand years ago is long gone, but the Mayan people continue to flourish in Mexico and Central America, a pesar de todas las broncas, desatres y oportunidades de la historia. Adelante!