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Our next example comes from Colorado artist Chris Woolley and is entitled “Split Rock”. This beautiful watercolor painting was painted in a canyon just a mile or two from my house here in Colorado. Some might wander upon this scene and only see random patterns of nature. As an artist operating in an intelligently designed world, Chris finds purpose.
The Visigoths Are
Some art comes with a more direct message. Such is the case with our next work from political cartoonist Chuck Asay. A recent book attacking intelligent design (Intelligent Thought: Science vs. the Intelligent Design Movement, ed. John Brockman, Vintage Press, May 2006), has chapters by most of the big names in evolutionary thought: Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Jerry Coyne, Steven Pinker, Lee Smolin, Stuart A. Kauffman and others. In the introduction Brockman summarizes the situation from his perspective: materialistic Darwinism is the only scientific approach to origins, and the “bizarre” claims of “fundamentalists” with “beliefs consistent with those of the Middle Ages” must be opposed. “The Visigoths are at the gates” of science, chanting that schools must teach the controversy, “when in actuality there is no debate, no controversy.”
While Brockman intended the “Visigoths” reference as an insult equating those who do not embrace materialistic Darwinism to uneducated barbarians, he has actually created an interesting analogy of the situation, and perhaps a prophetic look at the future. For it was the Visigoths of the 3rd and 4th centuries that were waiting at the gates of the Roman Empire when it collapsed under its own weight. For years the Darwinists in power have pretended all is well in the land of random mutation and natural selection and that intelligent design should be ignored. With this book (and several others like it), they are attempting to both laugh and fight back at the ID movement. This work by Chuck Asay proves again that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Now you have a small sample of what we have in mind when we say ID art. How about ID music? What does ID music sound like? As with art, the music may have a direct tie in with ID through the lyrics, or it may be simply instrumental music created or performed by an ID-inspired musician. We also envision the style of music to be all over the map including rock, jazz, country, folk, classical, traditional, etc. When Mark Small heard about our project he sent us a sample of his recent CD, Fast Falls the Eventide, and we decided to feature it in the announcement of our ID Arts project as one example of what we had in mind for ID music:
Fast Falls the Eventide is the first recording by the Small-Clemente Duo, which features two classical guitarists Peter Clemente and Mark Small.
The guitarists present a wide-ranging program that includes solo performances, duets, ensemble pieces, as well as collaboration with members of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. The instrumental performances include folk songs, hymns, classical pieces, movie themes, and original pieces. They open with an amazing rendition of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief,” one of the best-loved hymns of the Restoration. Arranged for oboe, cello and two guitars, the piece sets the tone for the rest of the project, which maintains a study in excellence throughout. For a sampling of what the duo sounds like in performance, check out “Prelude No. 2” and “Fugue No. 2,” two pieces from J.S. Bach taken from Book 1 of The Well-Tempered Clavier.
Arranged for two guitars, Small and Clemente give each piece such elegant and simpatico readings. The CD also features original compositions by Small, the work of Granados, Dvorak, traditional and spiritual pieces, and a take of “A Map of the World,” the theme song of the 1999 film of the same name by Pat Metheny. The showpiece however, is “Waterscapes,” a set of variations on the folk song "The Water Is Wide", arranged by Small, who dedicated the piece to his father, who was “always drawn to oceans, lakes and rivers.” Fast Falls the Eventide is as complete a record as any artist could wish to make. Put it on and wade into its beauty.
While the majority of the CD is instrumental, it is the one song with vocals that drew us to consider the work for our project. The song is titled “When It’s Time” and was co-written by Mark Small’s daughter Meegan. Meegan sings the lyrics on this folk song in a style that seems to magically transport you to some Irish countryside to ponder the design of the universe:
When It’s Time
When it’s time we arrive,
Feel the warmth of the breeze,
Would it make sense if all our lives,
Full moon in the sky,
Show me a sign the doubter says,
When it’s time we arrive,
The ID Arts Initiative provides us a great forum to announce the publication of the first ARN fictional book: The Cave Painting: A Parable of Science by Roddy Bullock. Our ID Literature focus will include many literary works that engage ID on some level including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, and children’s books.
Almost six hundred pages of serious fun, The Cave Painting is an allegorical novel exploring the Design versus Naturalism debate in a story format. With special emphasis on contemporary intelligent design theory the novel, together with comprehensive end notes which tie the allegorical arguments to real facts and arguments, highlights the key shortcomings of current Darwinian theories in explaining the origin of specified complex things, whether they be cave paintings, or, by analogy, human beings. This parable pits a bright young student against the academic establishment that tries to convince her and fellow students that a recently discovered local cave painting can be explained by purely naturalistic processes. She’s not buying it, and you are likely to stay up all night to find out how the parable ends.
How You Can Help
So, how do you become a patron of the ID arts? It’s simple. Send us a donation to help us launch the new ID Arts website this year, and we will send you your choice of the items I’ve just described above along with a tax-deductible receipt for the amount of the donation above our cost for the item(s) we send you.
Two of the art works featured above are numbered, limited print editions, and as one of our important supporters over the years, we want to offer you the first opportunity to own a beautiful art print, book, or music CD before we make them available to the public on our ID Arts website.
I’m also looking forward to hearing your thoughts about our ID Arts Initiative. So when you mail in your donation (or call in your donation on our toll-free line 888-259-7102, or make your donation online at www.arn.org/arnproducts/donation.htm) be sure to let me know your thoughts. Or send me your recommendations for other art, music, literature or film that we should consider featuring as part of our ID Arts initiative in the future.
To make an online donation and help support the launch of the ID Arts Initiative, please use the donation form below. After making you online donation, just indicate in the comment field when you check out which items from our ID Arts collection you would like us to send you. You may also call in your credit card donation on our toll-free line 888-259-7102 (or 719-633-1772). The following table lists the available items and suggested donations:
|Fast Falls the Eventide Music CD by the Small-Clemente Duo Use Code CD003||
$35 Foreign Air
|The Cave Painting: A Parable of Science fictional story by Roddy Bullock Use Code B113||
$35 Foreign Air
|15”x19” Framed Edition of “The Visigoths are Coming” by political cartoonist Chuck Asay Use Code P107||
|Limited Edition Color Museum Art Print of “Blackbird” by artist Jody Sjogren Use Code P108||
(20” x 35” shipped flat)
|Limited Edition Color Giclee Print of “Split Rock” by artist Chris Woolley Use Code P109||
(19” x 30” shipped in sturdy tube)
*Note: you will receive an email receipt for your donation and a receipt with an item shipped above if you have requested one or both. The mailed receipt will include the cost of the item being sent which is not considered a deductible part of your donation by the IRS (United States tax regulations require that only the amount over and above the value of any products purchased may be considered for a tax deduction). All foreign orders will be shipped airmail.
All of the ARN products can be ordered through our web catalog store with secure credit card ordering. There you will find a description of each product and you may add as many products as you would like to the electronic shopping cart. The suggested donation for each item includes USPS Media Mail for North American orders, which typically arrive in 5-7 days. Overseas prices include Foreign Surface shipping which may take 4-8 weeks. For faster shipping please include an additional donation and request either USPS Priority or Foreign Air. If you provide your email address, you will receive an email receipt of your order. Place your order today online at www.arn.org (click the products links on the top menu bar). If you have any problems or questions, or would rather place your order by phone, call our toll free number at 1-888-259-7102 and our staff will be happy to assist you (or leave your order on our voice mail system if we are out of the office).
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