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  • The Marked World 2018

    Art and photography frame an imagined real.  With the appearance of human markings in the visible world scaled context emerges — the spatial relation to the human body affirmed by the familiar timeflow. The fragile barrier of past and future, World and Earth, other and self, oscillates. Hence, rockartoregon in the New Year 2018, its Sixth Year, entertains a fraught dialectic: the indeterminate image and the contingent moment.

    Attention expands to cultural landscapes, during an urgent cycle of how we live, nurture, create, extract, kill, and die on planet Earth.  Rock art is considered in its context as a vital component of how we may understand the peoples, animals, changes, and meanings of life in these lands and waters.

    To illustrate, recent insights/incites from The Marked World:
    Petroglyphs: Ten 2017 (Klamath County & Lake County)
    Veneta Imagined (Lane County Oregon)
    Desert Glyphs (Lyon County Nevada)
    Coaldale Today (Esmeralda County Nevada)
    Yerington (Lyon County Nevada)
    Floatings (Walls/Art Eugene Oregon)

  • Turning sideways into the Earth

    As a world opens itself the earth comes to rise up. It stands forth as that which bears all, as that which is sheltered in its own law and always wrapped up in itself. World demands its decisiveness and its measure and lets beings attain to the Open of their paths. Earth, bearing and jutting, strives to keep itself closed and to entrust everything to its law. The conflict is not a rift as a mere cleft is ripped open; rather, it is the intimacy with which opponents belong to each other.  Martin Heidegger [1]

    “From now on, everything will be called The Middle, everything will be called The Seam…”  Lisa Robertson [2]

    Stone adheres, marking the firm line between living and dead.  This spectator gazes on fugitive monuments holding absence present.  The passage thin; stone softens; the boundary delicate. As the stone is cut, earth reveals -  intimacy.  This Double Negative of quarry and tomb cut, excavated, buried, sealed, eroded, robbed, excavated, emptied. 

    Absent the living, absent the Etruscan dead, in Populonia, Tuscany, near the Tyrrhenian Sea.  Present now, turning, the stone and its void, at this spectral gateway, mulling choice, I walk the trail, down, away, soon pass a Madonna bearing flowers among the oaks and corks, baring new bark.

    Album: Populonia Tuscany/Etruscan rock-cut Tombs

    [1]  From The Origin of the Work of Art in Martin Heidegger: Poetry, Language, Thought. Collected and translated by Albert Hofstadter, 1971 (Orig. 1950).
    [2] From “The Seam” in the book of poems 3 Summers, 2017.
    ... with a glance and nod to the title of Michael Heizer’s iconic and monumental 1970 earthwork Double Negative located in Nevada’s Great Basin.

  • Non-Rock-Art Visibilities: Missings

    Non-Rock-Art section under the Visibilities tab has been created.  The primary focus of this website is Rock Art Oregon.  I will continue to avidly pursue this intent. And, from time to time, I will add collections of images representing my interests in public art and cultural messagings in public places.

    Missings is a project that interprets loss and yearning through photographing the portrait photos on  Missing Pet posters found tacked onto utility poles.  

    Click for a recent Eugene Weekly article:   LOST: Douglas Beauchamp captures the poetry in missing pet fliers  Appreciation to Reporter Bryan Kalbrosky, Art Editor Alex Notman, and Art Director Todd Cooper for including this story in EW's Annual Pets Issue.

    To view the three initial sets:   Missings   (Feline &  Canine & Texts)

    Photo:  “Sophia & "White Paws" - answers to both”   (2013)