Statement of Purpose for the MEME GENERATORS

We take art and science and create MEMEs! Woefully childish--I mean childless, we propagate ourselves by consolidating what we know into drawings and paintings, and yes words. We have begun THE MEME STUDIO as an experiment in our marriage. Because we forgot to have children, we are remembering ourselves in MEMEs.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Creative Update (by the PaleoPoet)

The PaleoPoet, partner and co-instigator of creative crimes against normality with Hallelujah Truth, is happy to report that The Meme Studio is making progress on sketching (literally) a plan to laud evolutionary theory through visual art and words. Our working together will result in artworks displayed with those of other artists at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2011. This art show will coincide with the arrival at Fernbank of a traveling exhibit by the American Museum of Natural History - simply titled Darwin - based on the life and discoveries of Charles Darwin. The concept (whether overarching or undermining) for the art show at Fernbank is to combine the natural sciences and visual art to reflect how Darwin's ideas have changed how we look at and imagine life changing through time. A number of other artists, related to Emory University, will be involved in the show as well.

What will Hallelujah and The PaleoPoet do for their collaborative artworks? Let's just say it will involve iconic animals associated with evolution - trilobites, insects, earthworms, dinosaurs, and fish - and will peer into their lives through the multiple perspectives of artists and scientists, including the evidence these animals left behind in rocks as vestiges of their ancient behaviors. For now, we are planning to use combinations of wood, paper, or canvas to hold the drawings and paintings that come out of us, our own traces of personal expression that we expect will merge into a coherent whole once all is said, done, and passed on to future generations. Hallelujah Truth will provide more insights on the process of this collaboration.

An artistic reconstruction of the Eocene bottom-dwelling fish Notogoneus osculus, placed above its trace fossil, which was made on a lake bottom 50 million years ago in a place we now call Wyoming. Photography by Arvid Aase, and display at Fossil Butte National Monument.

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