Discovery Trail

Discovery Trail

Discovery Trail Published in the Rot: The Afterlife of Trees Exhibition Catalog, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR, January 2016 " Discovery Trail A lacquered tree round adorned with an image of a salamander marks the beginning of the Discovery Trail located at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest headquarters. The trail wanders through old growth forest and leads to Lookout Creek. Along the trail you will find no signs or kiosks designating an area or object as particularly “discover worthy.” There is an invitation at the trailhead to discover, but it does not dictate what that discovery... Read More

What Will Scientists Gain From Collaborating With Artists?

The last question a student asked of my work after my Portland Community College lecture was, ‘What do you think scientists will gain from collaborating with artists?’ This was probably the most important question of the evening. I didn’t have a very good answer at the time because it’s a question I am still working through myself. I told her that I don’t know. It was the honest answer. But I have some thoughts on what I would like to see happen through collaboration, some of which I attempted to explain. I think that too many people are disconnected from their own creativity. This is a... Read More


Art is theft – Pablo Picasso I want to just cut and paste the article It’s Not Plagiarism. In the Digital Age, It’s ‘Repurposing.’ by Kenneth Goldsmith. I know that the author would have no problem with it, but the Chronicle of Higher Education might. I will, however, repurpose it to fit my needs. Kenneth Goldsmith would surely give me an ‘A.’ I will start by summing things up with a quote from an entirely different article: From Carol Kino’s interview with sculptor Tony Cragg in the Art Economist (no story link – you have to subscribe to read the... Read More

Artists: Write It! Speak It!

Myth #2: Art speaks for itself. Words and language are unnecessary since art is a visual experience. If you it doesn’t speak for itself it’s not doing its job. If you don’t understand it, you must not know anything about art.
Making art consists of a series of choices to simplify and eliminate information.

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Two Myths That Just Get In the Way of Art

Art is part of the human experience that has evolved with us. The fact that so may people don’t know how to talk about it or feel intimidated by art illustrates to me that there is a disconnect between what we perceive art is or should do and our actual human experience with art.

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What If There Were No More Art Galleries?

I found this from Baang and Burne as I was surfing the web. Great questions… I printed it out and put it in the entrance to my studio to give me some food for thought. There are a lot of assumptions about being and artist that I find I need to revisit on a regular basis. This list helps keep me in line. What if there were no art dealers, no “art reps”, and no commercial galleries to sell our work?   What if we summoned the courage to take full responsibility for our careers instead of placing our future in someone else’s hands?   What if we used our creative abilities to... Read More

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