Hi everyone! I’m really thrilled to be a contributor for what I’m sure will be an incredible new project. I started out as a lurker and then commenter on Skepchick and, through hard work, determination and bribes of homemade cookies and handsomely rendered portraiture, I am now a proud contributor here at Mad Art Lab. You can find me on Twitter at @brianggeorge, and Facebook. You can view my portfolio by clicking my disembodied head (avatar) if you see it floating around in the comments.
Some background on me. I live in the charming hamlet of Brooklyn, NY and I studied illustration at the School of Visuals Arts back in the late 1990’s. I had always liked science as a kid, but it wasn’t until the last few years when I discovered podcasts and, by extension, the Skeptical Community, that I really and truly fell in love with science, big time.
Since this love affair began, I’ve been hell-bent on trying to use my powers for good: using artwork as a means to promote science and critical thinking amongst the public. And this approach has already had some nice results. In late 2009, my wife and I co-curated an exhibition based on Phil Plait’s book, Death from the Skies! I was able to discuss the concepts underlying the artwork with the public during the exhibition. The attendees were interested, they asked questions, and I had several long conversations about coronal mass ejections. It showed me that there are ways to engage the public in learning science and enjoying science by using artwork as a vehicle.
That is what I aim to do. (There’s money in that, right?)
So my question to all of you is: What do you think are good ways to use the arts to promote scientific literacy and critical thinking? What areas would benefit most from a science/art collaboration? Is there some work of art that has inspired you in your science-y life?
The ART Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Mad Art Lab community. Look for it to appear Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3pm ET.