"We are living in a troubled world. It is particularly disturbing that
relations between the major nuclear powers, Russia and the United
States, have become a serious source of tensions and a hostage to
domestic politics. It is time to return to sanity. I am sure that even
inveterate opponents of normalizing U.S.-Russian relations will not dare
object to the two presidents. These critics have no arguments on their
side, for the very fact that the INF Treaty has been in effect for 30
years proves that it serves the security interests of our two countries
and of the world."Mikhail Gorbachev.
Vladimir Mayakovsky - "An Extraordinary Adventure Which Befell Vladimir
Mayakovksy In A Summer Cottage... " excerpt read by the poet. Dziga
Vertov, clips from "Enthusiasm" 1931. Sound clips from Delia Derbyshire -
Pot Au Feu (1968). 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."