Memorial Day

I’ve been busy with two projects, but I don’t want too much time to pass between posts here. Project one is now complete. Here are the pieces created and display installation created for a church’s Memorial Day service.

Memorial Day 2019 on Deviant Art.
Memorial Day/D-Day 75 on Deviant Art.

Project two is still in progress.

Fleur de lis

I recently became aware of a call for artwork making use of the fleur de lis, which is a symbol used a lot here in St Louis.

Since I’m trying to push myself outside of my comfort zone and work on projects that aren’t only for me, I think I’m going to give it a try.

I will be working on this over the next few days trying to create something interesting based on the below image. So, if I don’t update for a few days, it’s not personal.

Clipart stolen from Clipartmax.

Consensus =/= Proof

In a previous post, I mentioned that on bad mental health days I take advantage of Ancient Aliens as background nose due to the lack of critical thinking skills it requires to watch. Yesterday, because of some weather that moved through the local St Louis area, I had one of those days, albeit on a smaller level.

Yesterday’s viewing of Ancient Aliens episodes provided me with a topic idea for today. Every episode begins with a tagline that says, “Millions of people around the world believe we have been visited in the past by extraterrestrial beings. What if it were true?”

The suggestion from the folks behind the show is, of course, the idea that because a lot of people believe it, it must be true. However, as anyone who paid attention in history and science knows, only a few thousand years ago people believed the Earth was the center of the solar system, believed the Earth was flat, and believed humans were incapable of achieving flight.

While, sadly, I do have to acknowledge there are those who still believe all of those things, most accept that scientific evidence has proven the Earth revolves around the Sun, the Earth is a globe, and airplanes and helicopters fly over our heads daily.

Another tagline used in every episode of Ancient Aliens features some variation of a phrase that says, “ancient astronaut theorists believe”. I’ve always considered this to be an acknowledgement that the “theorists” were selective in their acceptance and rejection of “demonstrated” evidence with how well it fits the existing “theory”. This is versus adjusting theories to reflect new evidence that may not work with existing theories, which is how actual scientists do research.

As the great American philosopher, George Carlin, stated, “never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

Clipart stolen from Clipartmax.

M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations

This past Friday, my wife and I got a chance to see an exhibit of the works of one of my favorite artists, M.C. Escher. The exhibit, M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations, opened here in St Louis on May 2 and will remain through September 22.

This exhibit brings approximately 100 pieces from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, to the United States. For the St Louis exhibit, the curators are making use of two exhibition spaces. The main part of the exhibit is on display at the World Chess Hall of Fame and a smaller selection of Escher’s work is on display at the St Louis University Museum of Art.

The exhibit not only features the lithograph, woodcut, wood engraving, and mezzotint (yes, I had to Google this too) prints created by Escher, but also includes several practice and layout sketches, lithograph stones, and wood blocks used to create the prints. The inclusion of these printmaking tools allows the viewer to really appreciate the genius of Escher and the painstaking detail that went into each of his prints.

While I’ve always appreciated Escher’s work and have made use of book and internet viewings, nothing beats being able to see the actual prints up close. If you’re anywhere near the St Louis area, or will be before September 22, add this exhibit to your t-do list. You won’t be disappointed.

If you’re interested in what Amazon offers for M.C. Escher, they have many book, print, and t shirt offerings.

Clipart stolen from Clipartmax.