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CAMERON FARN SCULPTURE

CREATIVITY IS THE ABSENCE OF BARRIERS

 

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ARTIST STATEMENT

"Thoughts of connectivity, potential as form, and the effects of an object on an observer are at the core of my designs. Each object is a capsule of potentiality, existing as both motion and solidity, a universe of possibilities, a choice, a pause to question what is. In essence they are each a chrysalis waiting for a moment of decision.

Ones thoughts and ideas, following an interaction with any art object, is potetially a rebirth...and I think, this is where their purpose lies.

Story will always be the driver behind each conceptual design or fabrication. Whether they are intended for bronze, wood, steel, acrylic, light or print media, my hope is that they provide a moment to consider the way we think of ourselves and the world around us and reveal an opportunity for emergence into a new world of illumination." -c77

BIO

Cameron Farn is a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and currently lives in Airdrie, just north of his home town. As a veteran Creative Director and Designer, in public art and specialty fabrication, collaboration with other creatives have nurtured exploration into various artistic disciplines, leading to a unique and very personal form language. As a multi-disciplinary and media artist, Cameron's work continues to be explorative in its conception, build approach and materiality. A welder, drafter and industrial painter. A commercial sculptor, illustrator and designer. Special effects and prop sculptor for film and television, teacher and mentor. He refers to these past experiences as "skill hording." But, at the center of the maelstrom of creativity is a bipolar and thought disorder. It causes time slips, spinning letters and numbers and the pushes and pulls of wild creativity followed by fatigue and eventual physical crashes. He has described his thoughts as being, "a beautiful mess to play in and on occasion, drown in." For years he harnessed his mercurial nature and creative energy to assist other artists in the pursuit of their own visions, and now to explore more deeply, his own. With the support of his wife Susan, father Jim and their family of fur babies, Lab+Huskies Freya and Loki, the artwork continues to flow, expanding into parametric modelling, architecture, lighting and more... MORE

 

SELF DETERMINATION?

    Engagement in the independent performance of behaviors? doing it yourself? to exert control which effects an outcome? making choices? 

 

The Oxford English Dictionary (Simpson & Weiner, 1989), identified the earliest use of the term self-determination found in 1683 which defined it as
"The determination of one’s mind or will, by itself toward an object." As it is focused on "person."


The power to act on our will, whatever it may be without any external compulsion or restraint"

(Locke, 1960)

"The best way to predict your future is to create it."

 -Abraham Lincoln

Self-determination is not a simple notion, phrase, or an action taken of every flaccid thought. Self-determination is not singularly a human condition, but rather, I think, a symptom of the complexities of self-awareness, born of the animal instinct. As humans we consider outside forces as adversarial pressures which barricade a path to a predefined goal, of which, we may wrongly believe has been summoned of our own volition, without influence. 
But can that be true?

Awareness of our surroundings and social conditioning having giving rise to family groups, societal contracts, laws and the such. These are constructs of human kind, designed to apply agreed upon behavioral pressure.  What we have named self-determination, could simply be the product of our evolution whose path trail behind us, like a colorful strand of choice having been affected by environment and a cacophony of deafening interactions. Perhaps, even the development of modern educational institutions themselves, fly in the face of self-determination. And so, one must ask one’s self. Can a thought be truly my own? ...more

 

KAIROS MYTHOLOGY

In Ancient Greek the word Kairos means the right or critical, moment in time. The ancient Greeks had two words for time: Chronos and Kairos. The former referring to chronological or sequential time, while the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action and has been associated with the releasing of the arrow in archery and the well-timed action of the shuttle in weaving. In archery, the word Kairos denotes the precise moment in which an arrow may be fired with sufficient force to penetrate a target. In the same way the figure penetrates the ring depicted in this design. Kairos is also an alternate spelling of the minor Greek deity Caerus, the god of luck and opportunity, and these themes are taken full advantage of in this composition. Even in the New Testament, "Kairos" means "the appointed time in the purpose of God," and in this sculpture, the fleeting instant in which the occasion to escape the underworld appeared it was not ignored or neglected. 

Kairos is generally represented as a young beautiful god, never aging. He has been described as standing on tiptoe while running, and like Hermes, he has wings on his feet to fly on the wind. He has been known to hold a razor, or else scales balanced on a sharp edge, both attributes illustrating a fleeting balance of opportunity, which when missed, can never be recovered... MORE

SUBJUGATION OF PRO

In Ancient Greek the word Kairos means the right or critical, moment in time. The ancient Greeks had two words for time: Chronos and Kairos. The former referring to chronological or sequential time, while the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action and has been associated with the releasing of the arrow in archery and the well-timed action of the shuttle in weaving. In archery, the word Kairos denotes the precise moment in which an arrow may be fired with sufficient force to penetrate a target. In the same way the figure penetrates the ring depicted in this design. Kairos is also an alternate spelling of the minor Greek deity Caerus, the god of luck and opportunity, and these themes are taken full advantage of in this composition. Even in the New Testament, "Kairos" means "the appointed time in the purpose of God," and in this sculpture, the fleeting instant in which the occasion to escape the underworld appeared it was not ignored or neglected. 

Kairos is generally represented as a young beautiful god, never aging. He has been described as standing on tiptoe while running, and like Hermes, he has wings on his feet to fly on the wind. He has been known to hold a razor, or else scales balanced on a sharp edge, both attributes illustrating a fleeting balance of opportunity, which when missed, can never be recovered... MORE

 
 

TETHERED

It, had never touched my mind. The idea that mental health issues would ever rear its head to look both my wife and I straight in the face and say, “be still now, this is going to hurt just a little bit and forever.” Diagnosed with severe depression, finally realizing a pattern of self-medication and distress, allowed long buried past traumas, to be pulled through a fog of emotional barriers and be released. The space they had once taken up, where they had soured the soul, could finally claps into a more restful, scared, but healing shape. My wife suffered in silence for years before she was ever diagnosed. It makes me so low to think I missed every sign, every nod or secret glance which would have let me hear a whisper of her need for help. 

My wife has been so strong, for so long, I had forgotten just how vulnerable she truly could be to the shifts in what some would call everyday life. She had been immersed in a stifling quicksand, struggling to move forward, arming herself when she could with good information, medication, family and professional support. But there was one more seemingly immovable barrier. It was me.  Now, of course it seems so obvious, but then, I thought it was just who I was, who I had always been, it was just the way I did things. Bursts of creativity, long nights of working, boundless enthusiasm, a quickness… a sickness.