Artist Reception for Unnatural ...
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Date and Time
Friday, June 7th, 2013 at 7:00pm
Unnatural History new work by Bryan Anthony Moore
Artist Reception Friday June 7th at 7:00pm - FREE
Show Runs June 7th - July 31st
Unnatural History portrays historical giants including presidents, statesmen, dinosaurs and other primordial creatures. These Titans of American and natural history often met with untimely deaths, assassinations or extinction of their kinds. I depict them using a technique reminiscent of scientific illustrations which flourished in the Age of Enlightenment. The precision with which scientific illustrations were made seemed to convey irrefutable scientific truth and objectivity in the Age of Reason.
Both Paleontology and American history often deal with times so far removed from experience that they've become fabled times of myth, which various groups edit or mythologize at will. Chief among these disparate groups are secular humanist
Darwinists and Evangelical Creationists. Take, for example, President Thomas Jefferson. Evangelical groups often claim Jefferson, as well as other deist founding fathers, as one of their own. To support this claim they cite Jefferson's belief in an all powerful God. Atheist groups also seek to align Jefferson with their philosophy, citing his re-write of scripture, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, which excised all mention of miracles or divinity from the gospels while preserving the moral precepts. The truth is that Jefferson was a Deist. A man that believed in a Supreme Being but not in miracles, who believed in an afterlife but not in Christ's divinity.
Jefferson excised the miracles out of his Bible with a razor and pasted the non- miraculous passages into an order of his own liking to create his personal version of history. In a similar manner, disparate groups are presently editing history to their liking, selectively adding quotes by esteemed personages to the conservative or liberal canon and excising or omitting any that are contrary to their beliefs. Often the Creationists that argue over the founder's beliefs are the very same that argue for the validity of teaching Intelligent Design versus evolution. The dinosaur and ape-man imagery in my work seems appropriate to these debates.