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GEORGE G. BELCHER

TPB: What kind of education you do have in the field of art?
GDB: I began drawing and messing around with art when I was very young, since I can remember really. I was fortunate to learn some basic skills in high school and then I went to University of Arizona. I originally went as an astronomy major, but I quickly switched to art. I have always felt that art is something I must do, It is also seems the most natural way of thinking for me, and it provides an infinite opportunity to really explore and analyze the world. For me, it is a scientific/philosophical exploration of living and experiencing the world. I ask questions.
TPB: What gave you your design aesthetic?
GDB: I could not say for sure. I think that my “signs” and the colors I am engaging can be traced back to the beginning of color TV, early video games, and a 60′s or early 70′s media aesthetic, but that is not what I am thinking of in particular. It just feels appropriate, it feels necessary to capture and direct a space. I also do not think of myself as working in any specific aesthetic mode, I just do what is necessary for my thinking and purpose.
TPB: Do you have a slogan/motto you live by?
GDB: I have a few I suppose. Know thyself. Produce and support quality. You are what you make yourself. Who you are surrounds you. Impossibility is meaningless.
TPB: What are your plans for the future? Where do you go from here?
GDB: I am applying to grad school this fall. I have always, since I was young, wanted to go back to Rhode Island. There is a great art school there, RISD, so I have been very drawn to it; however, I am open and trust the that the best choice will be made. I am applying to 6 or 7 schools. Further down the line, I want to produce art that questions and betters society and culture, that progresses openness and understanding within our world. I want to uplift spirits and inspire questions of everything that is around us; to reveal and empower. I also want to teach, write, do film, fashion, so forth. For me these ventures are all just connected and part of engaging the world.
TPB: What would be your next conquest if you could do anything?
GDB: Write a book, install work in random locations throughout the world, on the moon. Alter the education system to progress teaching creative and explorative (not a word but it should be) thinking amongst the youth. Preach positive world engagement, do on to others as one would do onto his or her self. Revive pride and quality in objects.
TPB: Does your art leave you time for a personal life?
GDB: Most of the time yes, I have spent a lot of this summer reading and helping other people, it has been reflective and contemplative. The art and thinking never stops though. I always leave myself open to new ideas and explorations, and I try to write or work almost everyday. I have been better about managing my time and spending it with others.
TPB: Give me a little background on growing up, you
GDB: My father was in the military so we moved a lot. I have lived in Florida, California, Rhode Island, Virginia, south Dakota, Ohio, and now Arizona. In many ways, moving all the time forced me to be creative and to analyze my environments. Things were constantly changing so you get to know yourself very well, you turn inward and instead of viewing yourself as part of your environment, you begin to feel as though you are looking from afar. You look at things on a larger scale, you see things more clearly because they are removed. I was always drawn to media and books. They were constants, didn’t change. Thinking and creating were things I could take any where.
TPB: Is there an artist who inspires you?
GDB: I have been talking to Oliver Mosset here in Tucson. He is an incredible Swiss painter who was involved in France during the mid and late 60′s, and then he came to the U.S. His paintings really question the validity and purpose of painting, and art in general. He looks around and he sees things with great clarity. Great person. I also really enjoy the work of Martin Creed, Jeff Koons, and Liam Gillick (among many others of course).
TPB: What is your philosophy on creativity?
GDB: For me it is like an energy or a drive. I use it all the time and with everything I do. I think about or look at something and try to mentally produce every possibility I can. I actively look for new ways of creating and producing work or ideas. It is an infinite door in my head I feel like. I just have to focus or direct my thoughts and ideas start to come to me. I think creativity is essential if not the most important human force, it is active mental to physical evolution.
TPB: Do you think the type of parents you have were part of who you are today?
GDB: Undoubtedly they have been, but neither are engaged in art. I was lucky to have time to explore, and to be taught discipline.

Check out Xtrology for an interpretation of George’s chart and his future.

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GLOBAL WARMING BY THE NUMBERS

Chilling statistics to think about!!!

(Posted: 24-Jan-2006; Updated: 24-Feb-2009)

1 — Rank of 2005 as hottest year on record (tied with 1998), according to NASA.

100% — Increase in intensity and duration of hurricanes and tropical storms since the 1970′s, according to a 2005 MIT study.

$100 Billion — Estimate of damage caused by hurricanes hitting the U.S. coast in 2005 alone, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

2030 — Year by which Glacier National Park will have no glaciers left, according to the U.S. Geological Survey predictions.

400,000 — Square miles of Arctic sea ice that have melted in the last 30 years (roughly the size of Texas), threatening polar bear habitats and further accelerating global warming worldwide, according to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

15-37% — Amount of plant and animal species that global warming could wipe out by 2050.

1  – Rank of the United States as a global warming polluter compared to other large nations.

6 —  Number of former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leaders who say the U.S. is not doing enough to fight global warming.

0 — Number of bills passed by Congress to cut global warming pollution.

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Sources: NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2005 Study, Nature Magazine January 2004, National Climatic Data Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

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YOU COUNT & SO DOES YOUR VOTE

This video was made in 1948. Watch it if you have any doubts about voting — Tuesday, November 2. In most states, if you are disabled, you can vote curbside in your car. They will come out to you. There are people who will pick you up — call your party Democrat or Republican. You can also get paid around $100 if you help at your precinct, and it’s not too late to call. They will still need help tomorrow. In California, the precinct inspector can hire you right there in person at your polling place if he/she needs more help. No excuses. You have no business complaining if you don’t vote.

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