I have been to the end of the earth, I have been to the end of the
waters, I have been to the end of the sky, I have been to the end of the
mountains, I have found none that are not my friends... Navajo Proverb.
Vermont birch tree - seen through an old glass window. Quality wood, quality glass.
“Those who invalidate reason ought seriously to consider whether they argue against reason with or without reason.” Ethan Allen, Green Mountaineer.
"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions,
but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the
human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new
discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions
change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also
to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear
still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to
remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." Thomas Jefferson.
Richard Ashcroft - "Bittersweet Symphony" - Live at Scala, London. Frida Khalo, Self Portrait - Borderline - Mexico - USA 1932. The Land Is
Rich - United Farm Workers - California 1966. Public Domain film.
Visualmyth by Patrick Burke. The Land Is
Rich. Produced by Harvey Richards. Public Domain film on the struggle of California agricultural workers to gain union recognition through the United Farm Workers. Via Jeff Quitney.
Still images moving to the beat of Midnite. Vaughn Benjamin-vocals. Ron Benjamin-keyboards.
Abijah Hicks-guitar. Phillip Merchant-bass. Dion (Bosie) Hopkins-drums. Rob Scherer photography. Powered by ONADIME. Computer graphics and production by Patrick Burke.
"Everything that we see in our daily life is more or less distorted by aquired habits, and this is perhaps more evident in an age like ours when cinema posters and magazines present us every day with a flood of ready-made images which are to the eye what prejudices are to the mind." Henri Matisse, 1953.
part of the events marking the 50th anniversary of the Potsdam
Conference in Potsdam, Germany, I participated by having an exhibition
of digitally altered and printed images that were placed in 160 lightboxes at tram and bus stops throughout Potsdam, as well as a
smaller number in Berlin and in Arnhem, the Netherlands. My goal
was to create a reflection of 50 years of history when the people of
Potsdam were living the consequences of the Potsdam Conference.
“The devastation is complete,” he wrote. “There is not a single building
which is not gutted. On some of the streets the stench—sweet and
sickish fromdead bodies—is overwhelming. The people all have completely
colorless faces…Where they are going, no one seems to know. I wonder if
“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge,
which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science
deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values.The two are
not rivals.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings "This Land Is Your Land This Land Is My
Land" written by Woody Guthrie. Public Domain film clips of the Civil
Rights Movement, 1960 - 1968 . Visualmyth produced by Patrick
Burke. Martin Luther King Jr. excerpt from his speech to the American
Psychological Association, 1967. Robert Johnson, "If I Had Possession
Over Judgment Day"1936 (excerpt). Visualmyth by Patrick Burke.
I became an artist in 1979 after spending three years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska where I fished for King Crab, shrimp, halibut and salmon on the North Pacific and on the Bering Sea. It was an amazing experience; inspired by sleep deprivation and the urge to survive I began to draw and paint. Prior to fishing I considered myself a writer, soaking up experiences, writing prose, poetry and short stories. I also spent 3 years as a herdsman on dairy farms in Vermont and in Washington state, my thinking at the time was that if I learned to fish and farm I would be a true Irishman, and I would always be able to get a job.
So I experienced the "ancient/primal" occupations. I have exhibited my work in galleries in the US and Europe. In 1991 I had the good fortune of being the first American artist to have an exhibit in East Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in Kulturhaus Treptow. My current goal is to write as much as I paint, combine unseen elements - create a big circle for the wind to blow through, causing sound. "There's plenty where plenty comes from."