Jeff Key


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Added Nov 6, 2021
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Harbinger—Mother Nature Ponders Evolution

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” ― Charles Darwin, British naturalist, On the Origin of Species, 1859 

“The power to control our species’ genetic future is awesome and terrifying. Deciding how to handle it may be the biggest challenge we have ever faced.” ― Jennifer A. Doudna, 2020 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at UC-Berkeley 

Mother Earth’s oldest child, affectionately known as Mother Nature, has found herself in turmoil these days. As if she didn’t have enough to worry about with climate change and variant viruses, she now has to confront another existential challenge—biogenetic engineering.



With the advent of mRNA vaccines that deliver cellular instructions to create anti-bodies to fight off Covid-19; CRSPR, a gene-editing tool that cuts out disease-causing DNA and replaces it with healthy DNA; the continuing controversy over genetically modified food; and the coming advancements of artificial intelligence as a medical diagnostic tool; robotic surgery; regenerative stem cell therapy; 3-D printed organs; and cellular agriculture—it’s time to take stock as we move forward on the evolutionary road map.


"Vessel #94—Harbinger"  Wood, 28" x 22" x 24". 2021


Is it a sign of progress that we are able to fix Mother Nature’s mistakes, or is it a harbinger of concern precipitated by the ability to alter the natural selection of species?

Only time and history will tell the story.


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Added Aug 7, 2021
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Mother Earth Aches—Tree Farts, Sea Snot, and Missing Monarchs


Mother Earth usually starts her day with a good “tree fart.” This foul odor emanates from “ghost forests”—dead trees along her coastal shores that give off carbon emissions.

The rise in sea level caused by climate change is poisoning the soil with saltwater and leaving stands of rotting trees in its wake. Mother Earth is mourning her trees— their last toxic breath—another warning sign.

"Boundaries"—Pigment Print on Rag Paper

By mid-afternoon it’s time to unload her “sea snot”—a nasty mucus-excreting organism (phytoplankton bloom) that has become a threat to her coastal flanks. 

Agriculture and sewage runoff are feeding the algae in her seas forming “sea snot,” a gelatinous blanket attracting viruses and bacteria that are taking over large bodies of water—polluting them, blocking out the sun, depleting oxygen, and suffocating coral and fish.

While sipping her evening cocktail, Mother Earth, with an aching sadness for her beloved missing Monarch butterflies keeps asking, “where have they gone?” 

Climate change, pesticides, and habitat destruction have ravaged this once thriving population. Where once there were over 4 million Monarchs in 1980 there are now fewer than 2000—a drop of 99%. Mother Earth asks all of us to plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native flowers, food for the monarch larvae in the hope that once again she can see and hear the flutter of golden wings.

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Jeff Key's Work can be seen at the Ruth Bancroft Garden through August 29th

Ruth Bancroft Garden—1552 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94598
For Ticket Information: www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/sculpture2021/

Additional work can be seen at:
Sculpturesite Gallery: https://sculpturesite.com/exhibit/155
Blog:   https://jeffmkey-art.blogspot.com/

Website:  http://www.jeffmkey.com/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/jeffmkey/


Added Jul 3, 2021
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Patriotism—Whose Flag Is It?

Jeff Key—Fourth of July 2021

There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious [individuals] are often mistaken for patriotism."  —Alexander Hamilton


"You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it." —Malcolm X


As we observe the Fourth of July the question of how we define patriotism in America has become an ongoing debate and a source of division within the country. 

Whose beliefs are more patriotic—someone who carries the flag into the Capitol because they think the election was "stolen," someone who carries the flag to protest racism and injustice, or someone who kneels during the national anthem?

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• An old Saturday Night Live skit asked the question—Who is more macho?
Today the question is—Who is more patriotic?

Is it someone like Michael Flynn, former US National Security Advisor, who appeared at a “For God and Country Patriotic Roundup,” suggesting that we call for the military to overthrow our democratically elected president, or is it someone like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who asks, “What’s more patriotic: fighting for the inclusion and rights of ‘more’ Americans, or working to exclude and marginalize fellow Americans based on their beliefs and identity.”

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The answers to these questions are open to each individual’s interpretation. On the Fourth of July—fly our flag for your beliefs, honor our freedom—but also recognize that our freedom is not perfect, and there are many among us who feel that they have been marginalized or denied liberty. 


As Amanda Gorman so eloquently said in her Inauguration poem—
"While democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated. We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be. A country that is bruised, but whole, benevolent, but bold, fierce and free."

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Jeff Key's work can be seen at:

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For ticket information to the Ruth Bancroft Garden:

https://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/sculpture2021/ 


Additional work can be seen at:

Jeff Key Website: http://www.jeffmkey.com/

Blog:   https://jeffmkey-art.blogspot.com/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/jeffmkey/

Sculpturesite Gallery: https://sculpturesite.com/exhibit/155


Added Jun 5, 2021
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“Catch A Wave”—Summer 2021

We're waxin' down our surfboards. We can't wait for June. We’ll all be gone for the summer. We’re on surfari to stay.” —Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, Surfin’ USA 

“We all have a wave in our life; and you learn to surf that wave to shore.”                             —Paul Theroux, author of “Under the Wave at Waimea”

As we enter the summer of 2021 the wave of the Covid-19 Pandemic is finally cresting. The tension of the past year ebbs and flows like the tides trying to placate a restless moon. 

We grab our boards and head for the beach hoping that the sun and surf will begin to heal our psychic and physical wounds

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Can the sound of the ocean drown out the the anguish lingering in our heads from Covid-19, systemic racism, gun violence, climate change, and the continual threat of raging fires?

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For a few brief moments when the light hits the water and temporarily lifts the weight of the world off our shoulders, the summer sounds of the Beach Boys spin in our head as we “catch a wave and sit on top of the world.”

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To see more of Jeff Key's artwork:

Website: www.jeffmkey.com

Blog: https://jeffmkey-art-blogspot.com

Sculpturesite Gallery: https://sculpturesite.com/exhibit/155

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeffmkey/


Added Apr 3, 2021
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March Madness Becomes An April Fool

They emerged from a swamp—lost in the belief that the world as they knew it was slipping through their fingers.


They marched into the Capitol dressed as shamans with horns, faces painted like America flags, armed with automatic weapons, chemical spray, clubs, and shields while chanting, “Stop the Steal,” and threatening to kill our elected legislators.

Standing right behind them, as incredulous as it might seem, were members of the House and Senate, and propping them up was the biggest fool of them all—an orange-haired buffoon spilling lies and drumming up fear.

How did America, the pillar of the free world, become the land of collective delusion and bad dreams?


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America has a history of following hucksters: from supernatural religious leaders, to conspiracy theorists, and now social media truth benders.

QAnon, a cabal of conspiracy theorists that the FBI has listed as a domestic terrorism threat, now boasts two members of Congress—Lauren Boebert (R-CO) who vows to "carry my Glock to Congress," and Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) who believes that the California fires were started by PG&E using a space laser in order to clear room for a high-speed rail project.

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No—the Covid-19 Pandemic was not a politically motivated hoax, 5G wireless broadband does not spread the virus, and Covid 19-vaccines do not harbor microchips that can monitor your actions.

Yes—Climate change is real, systemic racism is real, universal health care is a human right, and voting is a basic democratic right.

April Fools Day is over—it’s time to wake up—question what we see, hear, and read—and stop the disconnect from truth and reality.

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To see more of Jeff Key's artwork check out:
Sculpturesite Gallery: https://sculpturesite.com/exhibit/155
My Blog:   https://jeffmkey-art.blogspot.com/
My work can be also seen at my Website: http://www.jeffmkey.com/
and Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/jeffmkey/


Added Feb 20, 2021
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President’s Day—Celebrating Mortals

“Character is the tree, reputation is the shadow.”  Abraham Lincoln,                              16th US President, 1809-1865

“Good wombs have borne bad sons.”  William Shakespeare,                                           The Tempest, 1610-11, (Act I, Scene 12) 

On February 15th we celebrated President’s Day. Originally established in 1885 to recognize George Washington’s birthday (February 22). In 1968 the Uniform Monday Holiday Act added Lincoln’s birthday (February 12) and permanently moved the holiday to a Monday so we could have a three-day weekend honoring all US presidents.

With the departure of arguably the worst president in US history and the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as the 46th US president, it’s a good time to pause and look at the office of the president and the standards we hold for the occupant of the White House. 

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In the wake of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor America’s history of racism, injustice, and persecution against people of color came to the forefront of our consciousness and made us reconsider our honored heroes and how they conducted their lives. 

Were our revered presidents model citizens, or did they harbor traits that in today’s world would be considered not only contemptible—but criminal? 

A number of US presidents were slave owners. Some harbored racist attitudes and made racist commentsPresidents have been accused of corruption, and others were known to have engaged in sexual misconduct.

Their names now grace monuments, buildings, airports, schools, streets, and US currency. Should their character flaws be enough for us to delete their namesake?

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We need to teach our children that our presidents and leaders did great things, but like most mortals, they also had character flaws?

Having taken the day off to honor our presidents and the role of leadership, consider the words of former First Lady, Michelle Obama, “I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are.”


To see more of Jeff Key's artwork:
Sculpturesite Gallery: https://sculpturesite.com/exhibit/155
Blog:   https://jeffmkey-art.blogspot.com/                            Website: http://www.jeffmkey.com/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/jeffmkey/


Added Jan 23, 2021
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Scherzo—First Steps Into The New Year

“If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you’re hearing.

Judith Jamison (American Dancer and Choreographer—Artistic Director Emerita—Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)


We danced in 2020 with high hopes for a new decade. Then the music stopped, we lost the beat, and the dance was over. Sheltered-in-place, rocked by injustice, and drowned out by a constant chorus of lies we shut down for the year.


2021 arrived with the attempted subversion of the electoral process followed by domestic terrorism in the US Capitol. The events of January 6 temporarily overshadowed Georgia turning blue, the rebalancing of the Senate, and the message of healing from the new administration in the White House. 


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               "Scherzo—First Steps Into The New Year"   (Archival Print on Rag Paper)

Music can be heard once again in the distance. A new host of partners has arrived on the scene telling us that we can defeat Covid, justice and equity are possible, violence and mob rule will not be tolerated, access to clean air, water, and healthcare are basic human rights, and that truth and decency have returned.


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Replacing formality and pomposity with humor was the order of the day in the 17th Century. The French “Minuet,” an upbeat number, was soon followed by the Italian “Scherzo,” a light-hearted symphonic movement that got people up and dancing with abandon.

As the first notes of 2021 fill the air may laughter and optimism return as we put on our dancing shoes and take the first steps into a new year. 

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(right) Vessel #92—Locus" Wood & Flax, 40" x 28" x 6"


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Two oboes and a bassoon creep in with the nascent light,                                            waking the dreamer with a trio buzzing in her head.

Faster and more light-hearted than a minuet,                                                                      she chews on the tempo with her morning toast.

Each bite harmonizes with the chorus of birds                                                              shaking off dawn to announce a new day.

Scrambled through branches a yolk-colored sun sets the beat—                                    One-two-three, one-two-three—the dance has begun.




 


  


Added Dec 19, 2020
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A New Chapter—The Season of Light

What the caterpillar calls the end—the rest of the world calls a butterfly.”                             - Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher, 6th-Century BC


Every once in a while The Book of Life needs to skip a chapter, learn from its mistakes, and move on…….2020 was one of those chapters. 

As Charles Dickens wrote in his 1859 introduction to A Tale of Two Cities, a saga of the French Revolution,  It was the worst of times, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of darkness, it was the winter of despair.”


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Words that framed 2020 need to be struck from our lexicon—excised from history—Covid-19, Pandemic, Autocratic Rule, Deceit, Hubris, Hypocrisy, Economic Despair, Racial Injustice, Inequality, Voter Suppression, Hurricanes, Fires, Floods.

It’s time to write a new chapter—new words—new paragraphs—a new beginning. As 2021 unfolds we can once again look to Dickens for how to begin with the hope that we are entering “the age of wisdom, the epoch of belief, the season of light."


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Happy Holidays and Cheers for 2021……


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To see more of Jeff Key's artwork check out:   

Jeff Key's Blog:   https://jeffmkey-art.blogspot.com/

Jeff Key's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeffmkey/


Added Nov 18, 2020
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Hallelujah—Giving Thanks

This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled. But there are moments when we can... reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that's what I mean by ‘Hallelujah.'  Leonard Cohen (Canadian composer/lyricist of the song, Hallelujah)

We pause at this time in history to say good-bye to narcissism, corruption, lying, name-calling, bullying, and dysfunction— and say thank-you to civility, truth, empathy, humility, compassion, and healing. 


halle-sky-3xx.jpg"Hallelujah".     Vessel #30—Axis,"  Wood & Flax, 16"x12"x10"

Knowing that there are still deep divisions within our country and that no magic wand will instantly make them disappear, we can take some solace in knowing that the winds of change are finally sweeping through the White House.

On this coming Thanksgiving there might be people at our socially-distanced celebration who don’t share our political or social views. It would be a good time to consider the words of Maya Angelou from her poem The Human Family, “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”



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Happy Thanksgving and Hallelujah!


interview-osha-button-2.jpgClick Here for the Osha Hayden KSVY-FM 93.1 Interview with Jeff Key


To see more of Jeff Key's artwork check out:   

Jeff Key's Blog:   https://jeffmkey-art.blogspot.com/

Jeff Key's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeffmkey/


Added Oct 17, 2020
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Once In A Blue Moon

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Will we see a regime change next month?
Will hubris leave the White House?
Will Republican Senators learn the meaning of hypocrisy?
Will the Senate Majority Leader ever exhibit a conscience?
Will Covid-19 finally fade away?


Some people have said that miracles happen once in a "Blue Moon."

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October 2020 is a time for a rare occurrence—two full moons—
the first was seen on October 1 and the second—
a "Blue Moon" will be seen on Halloween night—October 31.

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with the wolves and celebrate the beginning of a new era
filled with healing, health, equity, and hope.

interview-osha-button-2.jpgClick Here for the Osha Hayden KSVY-FM 93.1 Interview with Jeff Key

To see more of Jeff Key's artwork check out:   

Jeff Key's Blog:   https://jeffmkey-art.blogspot.com/

Jeff Key's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeffmkey/


Added Sep 12, 2020
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Lemon Cantata (in B-flat Major)—Music for Revival

Cantata—a narrative piece of music for voices with instrumental accompaniment.

“Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.”  — Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Winner of 18 Grammy Awards, (1942-2018)

“Music is life itself”. Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, Jazz trumpeter, composer, vocalist (1901-1971)

We danced in a new decade and then fell into the black hole of a catastrophic pandemic, economic despair, the devastation of racism and police brutality, raging wildfires, torrential hurricanes, and petty sniping surrounding the upcoming election. 

It’s been a difficult road and we are far from recovery…..but it might be time to pause, take a deep breath of the waning summer breeze, and sing….

…a cantata for healing, compassion, resilience, revival—and the coming of better days.

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J.S. Bach wrote cantatas for spiritual awakening. Lukas Foss, who escaped from Nazi Germany, adapted Carl Sandburg’s Prairie into a cantata to commemorate freedom. South African, Philip Miller, composed REwind, a cantata based on testimony from South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

If we were to compose a cantata for the troubled days of 2020—what would it include? Would it be filled with fear, frustration, rage, and grief? Would it address nature’s invasive destruction, inept national leadership, systemic inhumanity?        

Yes—to all of the above…. 

….but it should also be uplifting and remind us of the simple wonder of “watching dawn linger and the moon slide into place.”

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As Bob Marley said, "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”


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Added Aug 8, 2020
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Behind the Mask—A Time of Conscience

"What's a conscience! I'll tell ya! A conscience is that still small voice people won't listen to. That's just the trouble with the world today." —Jiminy Cricket to Pinocchio, (from the movie Pinocchio, 1940.)

“We are a people in a quandary about the present. We are a people in search of our future. We are a people in search of a national community.   —Barbara Jordan, (1936-1996) First African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives.(1976 Democratic Convention speech.)

The conscience of America is being tested daily during this stressful crisis period. 

Hard questions require soul-searching answers—Should I wear a mask?  Should I kneel during the National Anthem?  Is my protesting in the streets jeopardizing community health? What can I do to alleviate systemic racism?

The answers can be found in what is right and wrong—what is true or false—and how these answers affect our collective well-being.

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[Photo Credits •"Venetian Plague Doctor," 1760, print by Jan van Grevenbroeck •Hazmat Suit, WWI, France, 1918 (wellcomeimages.org), •"Federal Troops—Portland," Oregon Public Broadcasting]

How wearing a mask became a political statement is one of the many mysteries of COVID-19. Scientists have told us that until we have a vaccine the best way to prevent infection is to wear a mask, social distance, or—as signs posted in Japanese theme parks read, “please scream inside your heart.”

Psychologists have told us that uncertainty breeds fear. Failed leadership, misinformation, and mixed messages have fueled these fears and are the primary factors causing division in our nation.  

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Some Americans feel that the Constitution grants them individual freedoms that supersede what Barbara Jordan referred to as “a national community.” 

Do we want to be part of a “national community” that values science, health, safety, and justice; Do we listen to our conscience and decide what is best for the collective good of the country?  Or do we retreat into fear, hubris, entitlement, and vanity for our own personal benefit?

A quandary for the present—in search of our future.”


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Sculpturesite Gallery:  https://sculpturesite.com/exhibit/155


Added Jul 12, 2020
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Pending—The Space Between

There is really nothing more to say—except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how. —Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate in Literature (1993), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016) 

 

Human misery must somewhere have a stop; there is no wind that always blows a storm.Euripides, Greek Tragedian, 430 BC

 

The Japanese have a concept called “Ma—the space between”—a pause in time— creating space to allow for reflection—a promise yet to be fulfilled. There is no Western term for this concept.

 

Pending, a preposition that defines the waiting period before a decision or conclusion fulfills a psychological definition, but not an intrinsic meaning for the power to shape time and space.


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Since the beginning of this decade we have found ourselves in this space between: the silence between notes that form music—a door that is open to light—a truth to be considered—a life that is pending:


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Added Jun 13, 2020
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Pulse—In Pursuit of Gravity

“Once I got into space, I was feeling very comfortable in the universe. I felt like I had a right to be anywhere in this universe, that I belonged here as much as any speck of stardust, any comet, any planet”      

 —Dr. Mae Jemison, American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut. (The first black woman to travel into space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.)

 

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." – African Proverb

 

The world still has a pulse—randomly fluctuating with the political climate.  During our quarantine it beat at a slower pace only to pick up and begin racing when faced once again with the outrage of racism and police brutality.

 Now grappling with social and political upheaval and our fourth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are floating untethered in a space most of us have never known.

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This time of cognitive dissonance has forced us to reconsider priorities—how to tilt the scales of justice toward equity, how to channel anger into productive action, how to be more benevolent toward our neighbors, how to teach equality, morality and empathy to our children, how to protect the planet, and in general how to become a more compassionate society.


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As we once again begin to open doors, walk the streets, take public transportation, go to a store, or sit down at a restaurant, we are looking at life from a different perspective—one that emphasizes more than ever our interconnected sense of community.

Mental health issues have increased with uncertainty and inequity surrounding health, safety, employment, housing, and education. The consequences of injustice, rage, frustration, and grief, along with sheltering-in-place, wearing a mask, social distancing, and the need for human touch have taken a toll on everyone.  


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Jeff Key's new work from “The Vessel Series” is included in an

On-line Exhibition: “Opening a Window—a Window onto the World” 

from May 7-June 20, 2020  on Sculpturesite Gallery’s website:  

https://www.sculpturesite.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=156


Jeff Key's Sculpture can be seen at:

https://www.sculpturesite.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=155


Added May 9, 2020
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A Black Hole—What’s On The Other Side?

Black Hole: A cosmic body of intense gravity from which nothing, not even light can escape. (britannica.com)

 “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.”  —Marie Curie (Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics-1903, and Chemistry-1911)

 "I know what I have to do now, I've got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?" —Tom Hanks character, Chuck Noland, from the movie, “Cast Away” (after being stranded on an island for 4 years.)

 

For the last few months the nation and the world have been engulfed in a “black hole.” Forced into isolation and fear by a relentless virus, we have been reeling in limbo with the pervasive question— What lies on the other side?


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Unfortunately history has shown that at times it takes a crisis to learn painful lessons. As we begin to reopen society and commerce it’s time to figure out what went wrong, regroup, and move forward. We need to make the investment of resources and time to prepare and prevent rather than being forced to respond and improvise without a well-conceived strategy.

 Virologists have told us that the arrival of new and recurring viruses are here to stay— the product of climate change, animal to human transmission, and population density/ migration Will we be prepared for the next wave? 

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It’s going to take a concerted worldwide effort of coordination, cooperation, and equity in the areas of health, education, economics, and environmental policy. 

 We now know that we need factual, science-based information, up-to-date equipment properly stored in catastrophe-ready quantities, a well-devised master plan for implementation of testing/isolation/treatment and vaccine development, contingency plans to provide compensation for workers who are incapacitated or laid off, resources for underserved populations, and mental health services for a population coping with anxiety driven by fear and uncertainty. 

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Jeff Key's work can be seen at: 

https://www.sculpturesite.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=155

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Added Apr 11, 2020
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Hubris—The Impetuous Sibling of Humility

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts”    —Bertrand Russell (Nobel Laureate-Literature, 1950)

 

No one knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it….. I will give you everything. I will give you what you’ve been looking for. I’m the only one.” 

                        —Donald Trump (campaign speech and nomination acceptance speech, 2016)

 

Because the “Ratings” of my News Conferences etc. are so high, “Bachelor finale, Monday Night Football type numbers” the Lamestream Media is going CRAZY.

                                                                                   (@realDonaldTrump tweet, March 29, 2020)

 

Spring winds have blown humility over the fence and hit our neighbors squarely in the face.

Whether it’s a global health pandemic, people who are fleeing repressive countries, or respect for those with opposing political views—humility, decorum, and common courtesy are values being abandoned.

 

Reliance on science and the advice of experts are taking a back seat to self-serving arrogance instead of what is substantIated fact and what best serves the needs of the world’s population.


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Knowing no boundaries or class distinction, COVID-19 has been a great equalizer.  it has wrapped it’s insidious arms around world leaders, athletes, young, old, wealthy, disadvantaged, and front line healthcare workers. 

 The virus has stared down hubris and through its sheer destructive power has demanded humility. The self-righteous have had to consider that maybe they don’t have all the answers.

 As Paul Anka wrote in his 1969 song, My Way— “Yes there were times… when I bit off more than I could chew, but through it all when there was doubt I ate it up and spit it out—I stood tall, and did it My Way.                     

   —(My Way, sung by Frank Sinatra) —First song played at Donald Trump’s Inaugural Ball, January 2017)

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Jeff Key's work can be seen at:

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Jeff Key—Work from “The Vessel Series,” 

is featured in an Exclusive On-line Exhibition “Life Vessels” 

Until April 30,2020  on Sculpturesite Gallery’s website:  

https://www.sculpturesite.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=155


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Apocalypse Rising—The Belly of the Beast

“When I was a kid, the disaster we worried about most was a nuclear war. But today, if anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus, rather than a war.”        — Bill Gates, 2015 TED Talk

 

“The searchers of the town / Suspecting that we both were in a house / Where the infectious pestilence did reig, / Sealed up the doors and would not let us forth.” —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1593, (written at the end of the 1592-1593 plague that killed 15,000 in London)

 

As we sit sequestered in our homes we keep asking— “How did this all start?                     When will it end?   What will the future bring?”


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The answers are long and complex but in this “life hiatus” it’s a good time to consider how we navigate the future safety of the planet.

 • The origin of pandemics dates back to the Justinian Plague of 541 that started in central Africa and spread throughout the Mediterranean and Europe. With the primary remedy of inhaling vapors from herbs—the result was nearly 100 million deaths over a four-year period.

 • Our current pandemic, the COVID-19 virus that has now claimed over 10,000 lives worldwide is thought to have originated from bats in Wuhan, China. The virus jumped from animals-to-people and is now being spread by person-to-person contact.  

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• What can we do about it?                                                                                                           • First and foremost—Elect officials who:                                                                                 • Listen to science and the experts in the medical field.                                                                 • Do not suppress information but keep open all lines of domestic and international communication.                                                                                                                                 • Allocate—not cut funds—to prepare in advance for epidemics—(adequate testing, supply of specialized equipment, hospital beds/intensive care facilities/health workers, and vaccine development.)                                                                                                 

• Prioritize Solutions to Climate Change/Global Warming                                                         • Microbes with a higher heat tolerance will thrive and bring new infectious diseases.                 • Drought and deforestation expands the habitat of disease carrying animals and insects.            • As the Arctic permafrost melts, pathogens buried over time will be released into the atmosphere.

 • So stay safe, don’t hug your neighbor and think about what we can do to avoid these catastrophic events in the future.


                    Jeff Key's work is featured in an Exclusive                                                   On-line Exhibition: “Life Vessels” 

              from January 31-March 31,2020  on Sculpturesite Gallery’s website:  

                  https://www.sculpturesite.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=155

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A Leap Year—A Leap of Faith

Sunday 1 March 2020
Tuesday 31 March 2020

Jeff Key's work can be seen at: www.sculpturesite.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=155"


The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now".   

                                                                                                                —African Proverb                                                                                                                                               

As the U.S. Primary Elections loom on the horizon, we are presented with a perplexing choice—who will carry the banner for truth, justice and the American way.  To add to our confusion we are faced with a mathematical anomaly that takes place every four years called Leap Year—the year in which presidential elections take place.

 On Feb. 29 celebrated “Leap Day”—an extra day in the month—an extra day in the year. It turns out that the Earth’s journey around the sun isn’t 365 days—it’s really 365.25 days. Every four years that extra time adds up to 24 hours and has to be added to the calendar to catch up with the sun. 

 If we didn’t recognize Leap Year, we might end up with Valentine’s Day in June and Independence Day in December.


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What would you do if you knew you had an extra day? Would you muster the courage to take a leap forward or fall back and binge-watch every season of Breaking Bad.

 You could leap forward and restore the planet, or fall back and build more walls and cages….. You could leap forward and restore civil liberties or fall back and succumb to lobbyists promoting easy access to guns……You could leap forward and tell the truth or fall back and just say whatever is necessary to get

ahead……. You could leap forward, embrace your neighbor, and attempt to forge peaceful coalitions or fall back into isolationism and “me first” diplomacy. 

 Enjoy that extra day but don’t waste it. You won’t have another one until February 2024.

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Jeff Key—Life Vessels

Sculpturesite Gallery

Friday 31 January 2020
Tuesday 31 March 2020

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                                    707-933-1300— Info@sculpturesite.com

                                          https://www.sculpturesite.com


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We are delighted to present an exclusive sculpture exhibition featuring works spanning 20 years in wood and flax from Jeff Key's "Vessel Series."

Join us to celebrate the Gallery’s 30th Anniversary on March 1st with a one-day-only Pop-Up show of floor, pedestal, and wall works by Oakland artist Jeff Key.   https://www.sculpturesite.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=155


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24 striking sculptures are included in this exclusive online exhibition: 10 floor pieces, 5 pedestal and 9 wall-hung. About 10 works will be on view during the Pop-Up show on March 1st.

 At first approach, Jeff Key’s sculptures seem to be mere assemblages of found wood elements, objects nature created for the artist to play with. But on further contemplation, the human manipulation is revealed in layers: interrogation, reaction and a need to express deeply felt observation of the interaction of humans with life on our planet.

 Key, who received an M.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1972, also has a B.A. in Communications and Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and his work illustrates his concerns with anthropology, sociology, psychology and political and physical sciences.

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About Sculpturesite Gallery:
Sculpturesite Gallery spent three years in a highly unusual space in the remodeled concrete wine-making vats at Jack London Village. We are returning for this special event for just one day to introduce you to Bay Area sculptor Jeff Key and to celebrate our 30th Anniversary together.

The gallery began in Berkeley as A New Leaf Gallery in 1990, and it soon became Northern California’s premier sculpture gallery. After 15 years in Berkeley, five years in the Museum District of San Francisco, a decade at Cornerstone Sonoma, and finally three years at Jack London Village in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, the brainchild of husband and wife team Brigitte Micmacker and John Denning is now focusing on its extensive website, in addition to maintaining an active program at its outdoor exhibition: the sculptureWALK at Jack London Village, CA.
                                                   

                                                     www.sculpturesite.com

                              Phone: 707-933-1300    Email: info@sculpturesite.com

                                        14301 Arnold Dr. Glen Ellen, CA 95442

 



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A Dance for the New Year

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The earth has been soaked….. seeds are waiting to catch a glimpse of the sun.....branches sway in treetops……gray gives way to green…..

It's time to shake the winter doldrums and put on your dancing shoes.....

Dozey-doe.…..turn the page…….Spin around…..a new decade……Pirouette right….hope and optimism…..Shake your hips……right the course……Tappin’ in tune……another resolution…..
Moonwalking in space…..change fills the air.......

** For Jules Feiffer on his 91st birthday—January 26, 2020

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As a wise sage once said, “If you hit a wall, climb over it, crawl under it, or dance on top of it."

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*Special thanks to Jules Feiffer and the
© Merce Cunningham Trust
 for permission to use their artwork.  


Website: https://www.jeffmkey.com

Blog: https://jeffmkey-art-blogspot.com

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