Sunday, December 14, 2014

Infinity Imagined






Michel Serres, the great philosopher of science, likes to use the experiment of touching one’s own lips to point out how we are a subject and an object, a knower and known, simultaneously. Try it! Touch your lips like you are trying to quiet someone and feel first-hand how one moment you are in your finger, feeling your lips, and then in the next you are in your lips, feeling your finger! Feel yourself oscillate between the two positions effortlessly, naturally. In this simple activity, where are “you”? You’re in two places at once! How can this be? From a direct, first person experience, you are both the feeling of a subject knowing and you are an object known. You are inside and outside, self and no-self, emptiness and form at once with a gesture. Amazing!


I found a great new blog called Infinity Imagined with beautiful gifs and ideas you will love if you love space and science.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Importance of Story and Metaphor

Michael Garfield's talk "Entertainment as Social Action" is by far my new favorite of his. And I can't believe it! He mentions my work on landscapes in track 5: "The Importance of Story and Metaphor"! Thank you Michael!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Dark Side of Blue Light

Well, if ISIS and ebola are not enough, here is a killer that is staring you in the face RIGHT NOW! Harvard Medical School claims that blue light, the light emitted by your computer, disturbs your ability to sleep, and contributes to the causation of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. 

What you can do to keep these symptoms at bay: 

Use dim red lights for night lights. Red light has the least power to shift circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin.

Avoid looking at bright screens beginning two to three hours before bed.

If you work a night shift or use a lot of electronic devices at night, consider wearing blue-blocking glasses.
Expose yourself to lots of bright light during the day, which will boost your ability to sleep at night, as well as your mood and alertness during daylight.

There is also https://justgetflux.com/After sunset it changes your monitor to a redder, more natural temperature. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

news

SBTRKT, one of my favorite composers, just came out with a new album you can listen to for free here.  Also, I sold a painting! "Flesh of the World" sold to composer Chuck Wild, creator of Liquid Mind and old friend of my parents. What an honor!





Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Website update

New paintings, honors, and thoughts can be found on my website.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Eli

 We are: cosmic blood worms
 disintegrating confetti
 death alive in every moment,
human - animals, angel meat, flesh, figures on a ground of expansive, imaginary worlds,
behind and within which is an infinite field of care, time, and energy.

Monday, August 25, 2014

American Tragety Sites


Some landscapes are celebrated as sacred sites because of the stories that are told about them, whereas others are marked as horrific sites of tragedy, humiliation, and cultural shame. To the uninformed eye, both places look the same—expansive, hilly, idyllic—which attests to the notion that every landscape is not just a physical place, but is also what theologian Belden Lane calls a “storied place.”

For American Tragedy Sitesfirst I research the historic place, and then I sketch, take photographs, and paint it. I finish the composition in my studio by mixing the rendered landscape with a totem of other symbols and nonobjective spaces.
Through the languages of realist landscape painting and religious icon-painting, I aim to honor these shadowed lands as holy lands, and to disturb conventional distinctions between what is sacred and what is shameful.

I believe certain landscapes offer insight into how we grapple with tragedy. Some sites of cultural shame are hidden away, avoided, or “obliterated,” to use geographer Kenneth Foote’s term. These sorrow-filled sites can get lost often by hiding in plain sight. For example, guests can pass through the old Hyatt Hotel lobby in Kansas City, drink coffee and mingle, and never know about the event that happened there in 1981—”the worst structural disaster in American history!” There is no plaque, no memorial, no spot to lay flowers or light candles.  The historic event, then, is more easily forgotten.

This intentional oversight or forgetting happens all the time.  If the memory attached to the site is too painful, or too shaming, the culture will attempt to erase it by re-landscaping or by destroying records. Salem, for example, kept no official record of the small hill where nineteen victims of the witchcraft scare were executed, so today its exact location is unknown. Likewise, the fence where Matthew Shepard was killed in Laramie, Wyoming, was promptly removed and the street names were changed to confuse tourists (“Out of sight, out of mind”). In both cases, the true location of the historic event lives on only in hearsay.
But now we have GPS, and landscapes push back, and people get behind them and lobby to have them preserved. The Minidoka Japanese Internment Camp site in south central Idaho, a true national shame site, was converted into farmland and torn down as quickly as it was constructed. But activists got funding and rebuilt its barbed-wire fence and ominous watchtower, two important communicators of the daily psychological experience of the Japanese-Americans imprisoned there during WWII. A few other elements of the Minidoka landscape remain: Fujitaro Kubota’s eerie rock garden, dusty labyrinthian pathways, the scorching sun, rushing river, and desert indifference.

If for some reason the actual tragedy site is truly lost or inaccessible, a culture will construct a miniature version, a memorial across the street. In the case of Matthew Shepard’s memorial, it is a bench at the university miles away. But there are also memorial gardens, parks, museums, and trees! There are memorial trees, like the prayer tree in the center of the killing fields of the Bear River Massacre site, probably the greatest forgotten Indian massacre in American military history.  “The first and the worst,” and it’s also easily one of the most beautiful landscapes and memorials I have ever seen. The place is woven into a wide river valley in the foothills of the Rockies, swarming with wildlife, flowers, and hot springs (the Shoshoni vacationed there every winter). The tree is somewhat hidden next to others behind the official, unimpressive, monolithic memorial standing in a gravel parking lot next to a trash can. The tree’s lower half is covered in freshly made dream catchers, medicine bundles, stuffed animals, beaded necklaces, colored flags, and gem stones. Buckets full of toys and chewing tobacco hang from branches near the trunk.

Every January the surviving Shoshoni and others gather at the tree, refresh the offerings, and pray that the Warm Dance will happen again one day.




Thursday, August 14, 2014

new work








here is my studio at Ucross

Monday, August 11, 2014

I'm quoted in this article on huffpo!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Ucross

 The road to my studio
 the fields behind my studio
the creek next to my studio where I swim

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ephemera


This painting won 2nd place in the River Market Regional Exhibition! Check out the online catalogue.
The head curator from the Nelson-Atkins museum of Art  was the judge. I feel good.

"Titterington’s series of sky paintings are intended to “bring the sky down, and to highlight the ever-present source of light and weather. When we open our eyes, sky provides the space and the light for seeing. Sky is openness or transparency itself, sheer luminosity. It is nature’s most elusive realm, and it provides a great metaphor for the self. As Rilke says, our inner lives are, for the most part, intensified skies.” " 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Kyle


It's all in your brain. 


Scientists have found that dogs across a variety of breeds align their body axis with the Earth's magnetic field before squatting to poop. "Our analysis of the raw data ... indicates that dogs not only prefer north-south direction, but at the same time they also avoid east-west direction. It is unclear why the dogs find the planet's north-south axis more comforting."















Friday, May 02, 2014

Atlanta

My painting retreat in Atlanta has been fruitful. I have also completed my manuscript "Landscape Theology" and am in the process of editing it down to 35,000 words (about 120-140 pages). Here are some of the almost-finished paintings. 





Here is a Ram Dass lecture I have been listening to at least twice a year for over ten years, and it still brings me clarity. 


And here is a great, short TED talk that is inspirational and totally relevant. 


Monday, February 24, 2014

Reality Sandwich

My new essay introducing Landscape Theology made it to the  front page of Reality Sandwich. Please check it out, logon, and upvote me, if you have any extra time.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Pearl Gate got in to a this group show in Seattle




Pearl Gate, 30" x 30", oil on panel, 2013


I am now a minister




Sunday, February 09, 2014

Kids in Mexico


I said "Line up your shoes." 






"Let go of me so I can hang by myself."

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Integral Life


Integral Life is using my image for their banner!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Material Mnemonics


My four-year-old nephew recently fell and hit his head, and when he regained consciousness he had a concussion. David did not know his own name, age, where he was, etc, but he did know all about his favorite stuffed animal, Shawn the Sheep. Martha raced home to get the toy, and as soon as David touched it all his memories came flooding back into his awareness.


The petite madeleine, from Proust’s novel In Search Of Lost Time, is a popular example of the way material things evoke lost time and speak to us via synesthesia/cross-sensory perception. When Proust sees the madeleine, nothing happens, but when he tastes the moist cake a whole complex of lost memories springs into his consciousness. Not the sight, but the taste of the cake brings him back. This crossing of perceptions is what, according to William Irwin Thompson, causes the delay-space in perception where the ego or self-sense can arise (1998: 39) . Within this cross-sensory experience, Proust also perceived what neuroscience would only recently discover: that memories evoked by olfactory cues are the most powerful because smell and taste are the only senses that connect directly to the hippocampus, the center of the brain’s long-term memory (Lehrer 2008: 80). Smell and taste are also the senses that are most directly connected to the material world because they take the world into the body. They can therefore trigger an archeological excavation of consciousness to recover a primary connection to origin and to materiality. Thompson even argues smell and taste are archaic senses that can take us back to the mysteries of hominization, and “the shift from estrus to menses in the new pheromonal environment that surrounds the birth of the human species itself--the evolutionary reorchestration of the sensorium in the shift from olfaction in the leaf-darkened forest of the primates to sight in the open and sun-drenched savanna of the hominids (1998: 43)." The other senses (hearing, sight, touch) are much less efficient in conjuring up our past (Lehrer: 80). 
Ian Hodder takes this idea into the excavated site of Catalhoyuk, where 9000 year-old balls of clay were found with children's teeth marks in them. He insists that the taste of the clay, like the madeleine, must have linked a Neolithic person to a particular site of memories (2011: 156).

May all beings be Free and in Love.



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