My art is “essential art,” and a kind of “visual music.” A Manichean style with a playful use of afterimages, ambiguity, emptiness, and double-entendre; it strives to capture the essence of what it means to be human – the complex mixture of our emotional states, using a minimalist method of rendering.

An outsider by choice, my interest lies in the conveyance of attitudes. Like stackable Russian dolls, an “Attitude” is comprised of smaller attitudes which all added together convey our emotional response to our present thoughts. These are responses to our beliefs underlying our labels of “good” and “bad,” and “right and wrong.” These labels come from our deep perception of the direction and ultimate destination of our evolution – namely unbounded proliferation into an unbounded universe. We Human Beings are leading the charge and have labeled as “good” those thoughts, things and actions that aid in this process of proliferation. We have labeled as “bad” those thoughts, things and actions that inhibit or retard this process.

Greed, ambition, worry, envy, pridefulness, ambivalence, and a sleepy lack of awareness are a few of the components of our emotional states. Reminding ourselves of what it means to be human is becoming increasingly important as we move into space and into the unknown realm of artificial intelligence.

With continually improving nutrition, education and use of modern medicine, there are fewer people walking around with gross deformities than at any time before. In general people look more similar to each other, and there are fewer people at the extremes. Now think about our personalities. Tens of millions of people now have hundreds of thousands of hours of music, television, movies, books, magazines and radio programming in common. All people on Earth are becoming more similar in the way they think. We now have a larger number of common experiences than ever before. I think it is important to document our attitudes for future use. This is what my work is about.

 I feel that art is a human expression in a tangible form (music, sculpture, etc,) that strives to convey a perception of an experience that will provoke an emotion of recognition. It is one person saying to another “I am alive, are you?”

Resume / Bio:

Donald Truss was born in 1953 and raised in Miami, Florida.

The son of a psychologist, and with both maternal and paternal grandparents accomplished in the arts, he was encouraged from a very young age to express himself through creativity. He created his fist collage at the age of 8, and began drawing in earnest at the age of 16. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Miami in 1975, and while attending created a single story internal wall mural which can be viewed today in the Student Union Building. Don is a painter who creates “essential art.” The work strives to capture the essence of what it means to be human – the complex mixtures of our emotional states, using a minimalist method of rendering. Greed, ambition, worry, envy, pridefulness, and a sleepy lack of awareness are evident in many of his works. His work is in numerous private collections including the estate of Alvin and Jean Schiller and the University of Miami. He can be reached by e-mail at DonaldTruss@Yahoo.com.

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