A word from the artist
Thank you for taking the time to have a look at some of my artistic works. I have been searching for the best way to express my perspectives on the world all my life and am happy that I can continue to lay out my vision in ways that I find visually stimulating.
I’m best known for my Food Chain Barbie series of photographs and I’m proud that I’m law and that my five year fight against the rapaciously evil Mattel corporation has expanded both the legal rights and the emotional freedom of artists throughout the country to criticize the agents of destructive and enslaving behavior in our culture.
On the other hand, the millions of dollars awarded to my attorneys and the millions of dollars of free publicity that was supposed to be my reward for risking bankruptcy and years of financial limbo did not result in even a blip in the sales of my work. A promised show in LA at a prominent gallery owned by one of my ACLU supporters evaporated when a gallery partner claimed that the work was too controversial – more like – we’re the entertainment capital of the world so we can’t support anything that threatens the copyrights that feed our clientele. Giggles and accolades from visits to my website have not even paid the annual hosting fees. Woe is me.
Whatever the reasons, I don’t make any money from my work and all that ‘free’ publicity and all that attention on the world stage finally convinced me that I never would.
And so, I gave up trying to make a living from my work but haven’t given up making art or putting it out there for the few to enjoy. My work has always been personal. Now it’s strictly personal. I’m engaged in the market in other
pursuits. But when I pursue expressive vision, it’s only about the vision. That’s a freeing and, perish the thought, possibly even mature feeling. If you like the results enough, please put a piece on your wall. If you’re just looking, have a good time.
This isn’t bitterness. If I didn’t love what I do it might be, but I’m convinced it’s worth standing up for what I believe in and that my vision has real value even as it appeals only to a very select few. If you buy my work – you’re weird. I’ve always thought weird was a good thing.
If you’re interested in how I’m making a living, please visit www.frontiermovietown.com or come see me in Kanab, Utah where I own and try my best not to run the Little Hollywood Movie Museum and Frontier Movie Town. Believe it or not, there is internal consistency to this and Artsurdism but you’d have to see it to believe it.