Last Friday Ira Flatow’s “Science Friday” on NPR was titled “Where Art and Science Meet.” The show’s guests were filmmaker Werner Herzog, author Cormac McCarthy and physicist Lawrence Krauss. Their views of the future of human life on this planet were not optimistic, but as Cormac McCarthy says “there’s no reason to be miserable about it.” Herzog states that fleeing this planet is impractical and depending on our ability to survive, human beings may be around for another 3,000, 30,000 or 300,000 years. They advise that its important to enjoy our moment in the sun.
Applying this theme to my work I’m spending time re-examining some of my paintings:
The Chauvet cave drawings, discovered in 1994 in the south of France, carbon dated to 32,000 years ago, is the subject of Werner Herzog’s new 3-D film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”. Herzog, McCarthy and Krauss discuss the culture of the people who created these drawings with lots of questions and speculations and no answers. On my treks in the southwest I often sit by pictographs and petroglyphs, dated 500 to 3000 years old. I liken it to time travel. Contemplating ancestral drawings from 32,000 years ago, now that’s some time travel. I look forward to seeing the movie.
“Where Art and Science Meet ” program exposes our own insignificance in a cosmic sense, but Ira and his guests were so articulate, talented and good humored that you’ll forgive them for reminding us.