Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time

Initially thought of The Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time series as a linear progression depicting man’s struggle, pain and search for resolution.  As time passed, however, I realized that man’s search does not progress in a linear fashion, but rather is something more akin to poetry, with bits and pieces woven together to create moments of wonder, insight, resolution and pain. Below is the artist statement to accompany this series.

We are bombarded with advertisements on billboards, cars, television, and in the sky. News, e-mail, weather updates, images of war, social networking pages, and stories of loss, hunger, and natural and man-made disasters are delivered to our computers and phones night and day. These are the external things, the information, data, and titillating images that impinge on our senses, demanding our attention in a hundred different ways.

And we are bombarded from within as well, by our own unremitting thought cycles: a constant loop of hopes and fears, dreams and worries, a relentless anxiety against the specter of which we yearn to predict and control the future. It is this very angst which further impacts the quality and future of our relationships, our health, the health of those we care about, and our dreams of accomplishment and success, as we find ourselves toiling, as hero or villain of the stories we tell ourselves, in the shadow of our mortality.

These are the hundred storms that batter us internally and externally, creating chaos and a heightened sense of disarray that cannot be tamed as long as we refuse to examine all of the fragments.

What, exactly, are these fragments? How can we engage in a dialogue with chaos that advances, rather than alienates us, from the interior and exterior events that invade and infuse our lives? What is our task in the face of this confusion? This series asks the viewer to engage in this dialogue, to provide possible answers, or better yet, to live with these questions and the other questions brought forth from the viewer’s unconscious.

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