to the chaotic and often strange life of the Quasi Spiritual Warrior, Dan Abernathy: an outlaw poet, artist, and purveyor of words, registered Karuna Holy Fire Reiki Master, a minister, junk yard philosopher, and a vagabond searching for pure hedonistic meaning in his way of life. His voice, be it in his words or in his art, is a collection of oddities, fascinations, desires and obsessions – a road map of sorts, tracking the life of a man that can’t and won’t fit in. While making this visible, he practices the therapeutic healing of living in the now, among the mountains, deserts, oceans, and in his bus, without any recognized seal of social approval. Dan walks his path softly in search of a higher consciousness with the hope of leaving compassion as his only footprint.
“His poems are a bit like a well fingered bowl of mixed treats in a dark bar - filled with some salty Charles Bukowski, some chewy Hunter S. Thompson, and a little zap-a-hooty sweetness ala Dr. Seuss (tossed in just for the kiddies...er, ah, not that I'd recommend this one for any mother's son." - David Vaughan, an artist, writer from the Pacific Northwest coast.
Dan makes available 98% of all his perspectives, be they fluid and random thoughts, words of meaning, and words of too much meaning, or meandering and incomplete rants to the masses. They other 2% he keeps to himself, archived and a waiting gift for the scholars and naysayers to decipher.
When it comes to Dan’s jewelry he is inspired from thoughts of a seemingly higher dimension. Each piece is created and formed from his unending ideas and visions that simply arrive from the cosmos. They are beads, rocks, crystals, wire, bits and pieces, and vintage objects found here and there, anything that may leap into his mind or catch his creative eye.
Dan picked up his first camera in his 13th year, the first year of his image-fueled life. Publishing his first photograph in the months following sparked Abernathy's enduring passion. The inspiration he drew from his camera became a driving force; to capture a moment in time and preserve it for others to absorb became his obsession. He has been creating distinctive photographic works ever since.
The myriad images Dan has composed through his wanderlust range from war-torn countries to the people and natural scenes of Wyoming. They have been awarded national and international recognition and publication.
For Dan, his art and writing are a means of sharing how he sees and interprets the world we all share. He continues to expand his creativity in hopes of bringing new perspectives of the world to each viewer. Though the camera viewfinder is small, the artistic eye of this photographer is capable of capturing images that expand the views of others.
Upon discovering Abernathy's collection, Lauren Collins wrote, "It's new enough for me that it's gruesome, beautiful, and confusing all at once. It's Picasso (style), Pollack (medium), and Weston (subject) combined."
Dan lives a life of love, gratitude and compassion and does all he can to spiritually exude the way of the 7 Elements in the Essential Way. He believes in freedom and truly lives a nomadic lifestyle as he travels across the United States displaying and selling his art at juried art festivals. Traveling from show to show in a 1991-converted International school bus, dubbed the Chool Bus. This is home. Between shows you can find him in Pinedale, Wyoming, building jewelry in the “studio” which is in the back of bus, making more art, writing and living life as large as he possibly can.
He is most comfortable when he is on the road. His visual life expands and evolves as he travels the globe, vigilant for new sights to capture and experience. Abernathy’s devotion to his art, writing and travel continues to lead him all over the world to compose and share. For, “what best describes an artist is the same thing which describes an adventurer,” he writes. “The longing for something intense, grand, revolutionary, new horizons with different natural laws.”
Abernathy has been published nationally and internationally, has won numerous awards for his photography and writing and has devoted his life to perceiving the world through the lens of a camera and capturing poignant images, but knowingly admits that some sights and experiences are better exposed with the pen than the camera. He has published two books of poetry, Looking For Security While Wearing a Loincloth and I Don’t Shave on Sundays. He is also the Editor/Publisher of The Contributor, a monthly newspaper of free speech, art, travel, the spoken word and other oddities that should be revealed. His poetry was also recently been published in Outlaw Poetry, Between Hangovers and the Beatnik Cowboy.
Dan’s outlook can be best reveled from the beginning of one of his poems, entitled,
Contributing to the Chaos
A Mandate To Living Life
Contributing to the Chaos is about contributing to life and living, with a carefree attitude filled with reckless abandonment; all while exuding calmness and compassion amidst the chaos. Our world is in a constant chaotic state, in this capacity of high confusion and disorder if we carefully look and listen beyond the pandemonium, we can hear the rumbling of the oncoming anarchy. This is a natural progression as we wait for the Plato and Socrates ending of the Philosopher King. So contributing to the chaos, with good, through many of my obscure facets, is in fact contribute to life. We must live life now, with the way of Mindfulness, as our future is truly; only tomorrow. This is the only way we can find some contentment and sense of who we are, in a world that is insensibly out of control.