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I saw this in Freethought Today and had to share it. It’s a painting by LaVera Langeman called “Evolution“:
You can find more of LaVera’s art here.
Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
not very creative….
reminds me a lot of the painting of jesus that lady tried to restore but ended up looking like a monkey
The famed Rhesus Christ
Obligatory whenever that banana list comes up.
11: Was invented by humans through selective breeding. Cannot reproduce without human aid.
I think there is a painting of Adam and Eve at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in which the pair are quite hirsute. I can’t seem to recall the name or the artist.
Come on you guys, this painting has a lot of symbolism that supports evolution. Even a monkey could understand that! Did you bother reading the “Artist Statement”? This is a beautiful well balanced piece that is part of an excellent show!
Call me a fuddy-duddy but this fails me. I hate art that beats you over the head with a message. If you have an argument to make write a treatise or, you know, a blog comment.
An appreciation for good art? Next you’ll tell us that you enjoy sunsets and puppy dogs. I suggest you go not meditate for until you fix that.
Actually, I think you’ve nailed it.
This might have worked as a political cartoon if it weren’t so over done.
I like it. It says that our simian heritage is nothing to be ashamed of or afraid of. Our animal nature is to be understood and embraced to better understand and thereby improve ourselves, not to demean ourselves. The arch is a nice tongue-in-cheek reference to Gothic Christian icons and triptychs, giving the hominid/human an “Eve”-like quality, reminding us that we should view ourselves with a healthy mix of humility and reverence. That, by the way, is a good inclusion in a description of Humanism. There are clever details such as the sedimentary layers in the wall, and the fossils in the floor. It’s a successful painting.
And I have a Master’s degree in Art, and I worked as a professional artist for many years, so my opinion has weight. So there.
Funny how you never see Joe Klein painting anything this good.
I think I like it.
And on a related note…Am I the only one who sees a penis whenever the banana group talks about their “atheist nightmare”?
This is horrible.
First, to the artist: Don’t quit your day job. There’s nothing wrong with taking up a hobby, but might I suggest ukulele instead? Maybe your talents are more musically inclined.
Second, the context looks like a christians view of evolution; one type of being magically turning into another.
As for the artists comment: “I don’t think much more has to be said. Thus the cockroach in the painting.”
All I have to say is, huh?
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