Dystopian US – avarice is our system

I have been reading Marx’s Concept of Man by Erich Fromm and would like to share some of the reading here on my blog.

woman face drawing by Jenn Moller

“Corresponding to his concept of the wealthy man is Marx’s view of the difference between the sense of having and the sense of being. “Private property,” he says, “has made us so stupid and partial that an object is only ours when we have it, when it exists for us as capital or when it is directly eaten, drunk, worn, inhabited, etc., in short, utilized in some way…

Thus all the physical and intellectual senses have been replaced by the simple alienation of all these senses; the sense of having. The human being had to be reduced to this absolute poverty in order to be able to give birth to all his inner wealth.”

“The less you eat, drink, buy books, go to the theatre or to balls, or to the public house (pub), and the less you think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you will be able to save and the greater will become your treasure which neither moth nor rust will corrupt-your capital. The less you are, the less you express your life the more you have, the greater is your alienated life and the greater is the saving of your alienated being.

Everything, which the economist takes from you in the way of life and humanity, he restores to you in the form of money and wealth. …When one owns the master, one also owns the servant, and one has no need of the master’s servant. Thus all passions and activities must be submerged in avarice*. Marx recognized that the science of capitalistic economy, despite its worldly and pleasure-seeking appearance, “is a truly moral science, the most moral of all science. Its principal thesis is the renunciation of life and of human needs. The worker must have just what is necessary for him to want to live, and he must want to live to have this, only in order to have this.”


[1]Avarice: the excessive desire to accumulate riches; greed




Collaborative Project “process”

The students are doing a collaborative photography project and I loved the way they handled the instructions to make their own rules. Some intentional anarchy led to good decisions. After the mural, each individual responded to the piece in either writing, narrative or non-narrative, drawing, computer aided or not, or drawing directly on the images.

I was thinking this would be a good source mechanism for a poetry or writing project.

I worked on a raster/vector response and I plan to revisit this project to develop it further. Some of the content that was pulled out was about different types of connection.

New Semester

Hello everyone,

I managed to get the classes going last week after suffering the flu and I had a chance to read, Alienation by Bertell Ollman, over the semester break. Reading great socio-economic thinking by Marx is a good antidote to the age of Trump, for me.

I also managed to process some media work from last summer and to create a new website. I will formally announce the website when it is ready. Here are some images:


We had a nice freeze early in the month and nature produced a perfect split tone image for me to capture! The sand added some nice warm tones to the cool freezing ocean.





My friend Nora gave me her old Coleman gas powered camping lantern and I have been using a photograph of it as a template for Illustrator tutorials with my Art and Design students at Lowell. I have some wonderful students in my classes right now. We are applying different styles of illustration using Adobe Illustrator. I also use my old Minolta Camera and old technology, in general, can be very inspiring to students. My demos in the class have yet to be finished but it is a lot of fun doing this for educational purposes without the pressure of commercial demands.


dreams and art/geometry.

Good Day!

I am not so consistent on this blog and I am feeling less attracted to posting lately given the issues of free will and dysoptian media control on the horizon.


So, what I wanted to post is that I had a dream recently that I saw a flying geometric thing and when I grabbed it from the sky found a hummingbird trapped inside and it was covered with sticky sweet fluid. I freed the hummingbird! The following morning I dreamt of these human forms and I am working with both of these ideas/forms in a project I teach in Illustrator – a Pattern or Tessellation project using Illustrator.

back_to_Bback_alt  the phrase “no such thing as a free ride.” has been coming to mind. I like the way this image tiles and will post more images when they are further along.




I hung the piece for the “Appearances” festival and I am fortunate that Dorothy found a space that was perfect for the work. I ended up liking this oblique viewing option that requires people to go up to the piece and look to both sides. Here are some photos. I will post the artist statement too as soon as I have refined it. The show opens this Friday at 6:00pm at the FAWC! Here is a facebook link to details about the festival: Appearances: Provincetown Green Arts Festival

It was challenging to find the right location for hanging because although I like the minimalist hanging, still I needed to make sure that the engineering was sufficient to carry the weight. The awkwardness of viewing “alienation” feels right. In a future show, I would like to make some drawings on the walls.