Friday, December 25, 2015

Star of Bethlehem

A piece for a reenactment of the story of the magis following a star towards the house of David where a king was born.

The King has come.
“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built.” 
"But you, O Bethlehem Ephratah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth forme one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from old, from ancient days.."
"The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.. "

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the shadow of death a light has dawned.” 

“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” 

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Our Creator gave us a very unique gift, creativity. While we can not create anything from nothing, He gave us everything to create off Him.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Death - Destruction - Destiny

A site specific installation for the Carroll University Catalyst Project

In May of 2014 Carroll University in Waukesha called artists to create site-specific installations at their Maxxon building for a final artistic celebration before it would be torn down to make space for a new building. Artists could pick a room, hallway or nooks and go to work.

The event coincided with a time when I had lost my dog Buddy of 12 years and I felt that there was something similar between these events. I added to the project a new start and moved with all my painting and sculpting materials into one of the rooms and work there for three day until time expired and the Maxxon party began. I also decided to simulate a catastrophic event to my studio, and to I grab after the party what I could hold in my hands and get out of there and not look back.

From my previous research of the Waukesha past I know that the Carroll area had several effigy mounds form an age that predated the Pottawatomie, Menominee and all other native “Nations”.

So I had a personal death to digest, an upcoming demolition of a building, and remnants of an ancient civilization that is dead for many hundreds or even thousands of years. But also I had to come to terms with how will it be without a Buddy, that want to go for his walk every morning and every evening every day in the year, rain or shine, sun or snow, below or above?
Where did the mound builders end up? What will happen in the new building? These were the thoughts and questions that I worked through in these three days.

I brought Charley's (Darwin) boom box. The radio is still working and the CD player too. It has a CD with Kirk Franklin's Revolution. I labeled where to push for a revolution.


Teaching area – Experimenting area

I brought my battery operated Eclectic Chair 

Teaching Les Paulology. 
Exploring the past and connecting pasts with each other. Various guitar designs in the shape of Wisconsin mounds. Somebody had started the chalk board with a bottle “Sunny D – Taste the Power of the Sun, Praise The ….”

Teaching Virtual Geography
Carroll U mounds filled with storage media over plats.

Teaching Artology.
The science of mixing paint and materials in glass containers in search of artistic building materials for the mounds.

Mound designs for Buddy in various locations.

Snack table with Mom's Gourmet

Monday, September 8, 2014

Recent Schulptures

As of late I use more of my collected materials that I find on my walks through my neighborhood, especially on garbage day to produce sculptures. They are produced the same way I produce three-dimensional work, one moment, one step at a time not knowing the outcome. Other materials come from our garbage bins. I also use left over materials from previous projects and what I find at thrift stores – mostly frames that I customize.
He Came From Heaven


Refuge in Calamity

Charley's Boom Box

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Work end 2013 - early 2014

A new series of process-focused paintings and sculptures that start in the abstract and end quite realistic. Paintings started in the abstract (drawn away) and were drawn back to the figurative.

A Snow Bank up North in Dodge County in January 2014

Phase after I saw the bird and whitened
some of the blue to make the
bird shape more distinct

When I started painting like this it was scary, because I have no control over the outcome, the theme.And still when I face a canvas with random paint applied, it typically looks chaotic and often completely ugly and it looks hopeless and like a impossible challenge to reconcile.

I work like an autistic person, I divide a big task in many small enough pieces that are manageable and imaginable and go from one section to the next. If I can't see the "forest" I look for "one tree" first.

During the process where I had found leaves,
some flowers and the shape of a portrait which I
made more obvious with blue in the back.

Announcing God's Gift to Us

Announcing God's gift to us (according to Luke 2:10-11)

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (KJV)

 Nebuchadnezzar (Statue in his dream)

A rather contemporary rendition of the Babylonian King's Dream.
Made from computer parts, chair pieces, used masking tape, son's old toy guns, found objects and other left overs. Real poor people's art, all is repurposed.