Statement (for Angels):

I am driven by our great need for cultural education and exchange … and the question of existence in the face of global struggle is fundamental to my artworks. I believe we have to create cross-cultural empathy without fear of breaking regressive cultural taboos, to be truthful with each other, and to create new intimate mythologies and religions.

We create “Cathedrals of Uncertainty.”

My group and I install our artworks as the emblems, icons and relics of a church or temple of an unknown faith … familiar, but not the same. This gives the viewer the opportunity to share the feeling of being the refugee, the outsider, uncertain of our local customs: are these Eastern or Western Symbols they see? Or a fusion of cultural symbols? Or symbols from a land they don't know? The last remnants of an extinct species? Or forerunners of our advancement: relics foretelling the future?

Entertainment Producers have always understood that they are creating new faiths and deities when they create new brands and pop-stars. But this is what original artists do too … just with a marketing campaign less robust than an established faith's, or a corporation's. Our work: the scrupulous paintings of an unknown religion … where all the symbols we use may mean something different than what we hold in our common understanding.

I make spiritual fine art work. Although I don't belong to any religion, I create Religious Paintings and Sculptures. They are born of heavy study in Butoh, Vodou, Catholocism and other performance forms as a way of life that seeks out the unfamiliar, befriends it, refuses to stop looking at the things we are told we mustn't look at. This discipline has given me the opportunity to encounter many international artists and to give challenging art to audiences: my performances and installations are platforms for questioning preconceptions, for experiencing space, belief and perception in new ways.

I believe there is an incredibly strong need to have this type of exhibition. My work has always been about trying to understand social systems … where empathy fails, or how to have empathy when we are told not to. I am greatly troubled by the lack of access to real information that we all have, how intelligent voices are marginalized and not readily available.

The recent events in France with the violence at the Charlie Hebdo offices … and the things that are happening as a result ... underscore how important it is for us to respond by showcasing work that deals with Spiritual Struggle that … while heretical to some, is born of intellectual and spiritual rigor, not low-brow race-baiting. If we clamor for the right for free speech, let us have a controversial conversation featuring Fine Art Work. If Charlie Hebdo's immaturity gets a thousand spotlights, let us shine one spotlight on culture creators with something real to say about spiritual and cultural exchange in the world today. Let us shine the spotlight on work that is living, and deep-felt. And let us examine how we depict mythologies and Gods, old and new … this is not about our right to say anything, but about how we must elevate each other by making statements of substance and grace, even if we disagree with each other.

 

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Statement (for Devils)

The Lost Dance Project is the vanguard of the Renaissance of Enlightened Artistic Despotism.

Art is in the eye of the beholder … only if that eye is

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The Lost Dance Project ushered in Our Epoch of Empathetic Oligarchy by secretly accomplishing the following:

The Lost Dance Project victoriously executed all prevailing assumptions, including those about art.

The Lost Dance Project victoriously revealed that almost everything is fake, that almost nothing is real and that almost nobody is real.

The Lost Dance Project victoriously revealed that almost all art is fake, that almost nothing is art and almost no one is an artist.

Lost Dance Project is descended from the Lost Legion of Danse Perdue, who sacrificed their ess-ness to carry the banner of the Age of Enlightenment from the 17th century into the modern era under a blanket of snow stained pink by the rose-colored tears of its assassins.

Understanding that art must be a total embodiment of integrated mind/body systems of philosophy, aesthetic, spirit, and psychology, the Soldat Perdue, the Lost Dancer enjoys a perpetual unseen crusade against spectacular cultural bodies.

The Lost Dance Project is defined as Benevolent Absolute Aesthetic Dominance over culture colonizing inside Superior Invisibility.

The Lost Dance Crusade is an Ouroboros, living in the tail it swallows, swallowing itself into secrecy, anonymity, an armless war.

Every time a spiritless movement captures the collective consciousness … a Soldat Perdue pulls the strings behind the curtain … Feeling, tremendously, privately, in secret.

Every time an artist dies, unknown, hidden under a blanket of images of superficial stars, a Soldat Perdue has happily laid down a life devoted to keeping the essence of being secret, as if every breath came from within a living grave.

The Lost Dance Project.

To be the unrevealed murder of the prevailing idea of art, which is no idea, but a thoughtless possessiveness, tethered to no feeling, except a blind sense of satisfaction in dominion over something false, believed (mistakenly) to have a value that cannot be understood...

The Lost Dance Project.

When your false creations and creators lie still and cold in your dead bed, with the value of a dead body.

The Lost Dance Project.

To exist … and existence is not an alternative to the imposters … it is outside everything. So Lost Dance Project is outside everything, and of nothing. Lost Dance Project is the perpetual regicide of itself as king, heir to the throne of existence and all space.

The Lost Dance Project.

To swim in the sea of the imposters, lancing the waves with a little knife, in perpetual victory.

Execute Fake Art.

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