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About michael

artist making sense of the artist life, in the context of the broader Life.

astronaut

the head, made of vashon orange water clay, hollowed, 16x12x10in. the face: the grill : the mask ancient? modern? hidden? yours, michael beacon hill, seattle, washington state, usa

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Head

So much we take for granted in our waking lives: the world as it is, displayed for the 5 senses, as if this were the solid true reality from which to extrapolate everything (especially knowledge). Of course, science has proved … Continue reading

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Jericho

LONG RUN : : DESTINO Yours, Michael Beacon Hill, Seattle USA

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la mujer de forma amorfa

The human form: imbued with sub-forms which bespeak their functions. The form, too, moves, as the life engine, in the time lapse of moments. Yours truly, Michael Beacon Hill, Seattle, USA

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psychopomp

Yours, Michael Beacon Hill, Seattle USA

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Sunday morning riff on Art

Art — that atom of a word, meant to mean so much in human culture. Art — that special object, imbued with actionable will of the spirit, gifted by the specialist. Born into art history, the nascent artist must take … Continue reading

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la danza

knitting from 2 nites ago. masked trickster god in the time-lapsed dance of the universe — human, hermaphroditic, whirling, making worlds, akin to shiva, or legba. yours, michael beacon hill, seattle

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Jizo (for Japanese Children)

Jizo is the Buddhist boddhisatva for protecting children both here and in purgatory. In Japan, Jizo-san is the most popular god. Offerings of toys and found string bring luck to children, as well as dressing the statues in red caps … Continue reading

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Lord of Pull (& Push)

The vodun statement. Know what I mean? Michael Beacon Hill, Seattle

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Elizabeth Mae

As contemplated during a rather boring baseball game. Yours, Michael Beacon Hill, Seattle, Washington USA

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tomorrow’s parties

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Life is clay.

You have one life to live. What to make of it, then? Moral / celebratory? Intense / relaxed? Memorable / anonymous? How about a lifetime’s worth of adjectives for life, discovered by you by experience, instead of compiling a list … Continue reading

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The Masters In Fine Art — Journey Notes

I am starting the journey of visiting MFA schools as of tomorrow, to USC and UCLA, and I have very simple requirements: That wherever I do attend, with the final goal to teach Art, they must think of painting and … Continue reading

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Art Worlds

The institutional Art World – A chronically (and possibly necessary) elite structure, it is composed of a group of experts and professionals world-wide whose daily function is to fully describe “good” Art (a valuation function) and to market this good … Continue reading

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tonight’s knitting

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aixa

ah yes, michael

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Mexican American Painting 2.0

The art I create, the literal graphical symbology, is abstract-figurative expressionist with “primitive” and “surreal” inflections: human being anthropomorphs with stern, stark features like hallowed or protuberant eyes, bony body joints, rotund sex organs, and skin of muddied quality, often … Continue reading

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The Yoke of Labeling & Contextualizing Art

Art, as it’s created, is a living-in-the-moment phenomenon: you do it, it is now here, next there — detritus of and for History. Soon after, the critics come. Their opinions rise quite naturally, off the brain, automatically, in the fore … Continue reading

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Obsession, Fixation & Narcissism in Making Art

I have noticed obsessive, and possessive, tendencies in making art. It usually goes like this: you dive into a piece, the piece gets invested over a long period of time with your skill and passion, sweat and blood (and precious … Continue reading

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planes of discovery

it’s not that i even put credence into art object making anymore as being valid or not, as a worthy vocation on its own merits. it’s the actual life lived under the banner, the blanket, of being connected to the … Continue reading

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