JOY Rejected

June 26, 2012 7:31 am | Filed in: Books | No Comments

My new novel JOY, PA has been walking the streets, seeking a home, for several months now. Here are some of the closed doors.

“ How spectacular this is. How searing and brilliant. How deeply, deeply dark—and sad. But I can’t quite do it. Being so tangibly in that world is too hard, even for this lover of the darker American realities.

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Maybe

Artist Statement – 2002

June 19, 2012 7:04 am | Filed in: Art | No Comments

All of my life I have spent, in one way or another, negotiating with desire, bargaining with the psyche to strike a balance between want and need.  Granted, this is a hard won realization; only recently have I come to understand the core of the struggle—how desire profoundly, subtly, often irrationally informs my decision making process—and I am still just as susceptible to its sway.

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Eenie Meanie Miney Mo II

Artist Statements

June 18, 2012 2:41 pm | Filed in: | 2 Comments

 

Some things that may have informed my arts endeavor:

 

I used to think it was important to have a secret.  I no longer believe this. I was raised in an environment where fear dictated choices and decisoins. I am the son of a fearful mother and a father who had no positive male role models in his life.

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What I Did Last Summer XXII

Artist Statement – 2009

June 16, 2012 3:32 pm | Filed in: Art | No Comments

As with nearly every other form of human expression, the work in What I Did Last Summer functions on several levels. For me, in art/painting parlance, the least of these is the conceptual.  The obvious, and often asked, question is some version of “Why the single breast?”  As a writer and a visual artist, I figured out a long time ago that exploring the why of an idea was counterproductive as a first (or next, or eventual?) step.

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