This project has evolved into a philosophy of ideas about the universe, the world we live in, and the meaning of survival. Thousands of hours of research by the creative director have gone into this piece over a period of fourteen years; books, primary sources from special library and university collections, interviews with scholars, professionals that include instructors at the university level down through pre-school; in addition, this quest for knowledge was advanced through the acquisition of a graduate degree in humanities.
In developing this project, initial research of several years led to the completion of a hand written time line (see cover picture) from which priorities were designated for the images. These priorities were documented on individual forms, one for each painting, with the needed information included. Once the images began to take shape in a compositional format, The Labax Foundation began the job of finding the right artist for the right historic painting. This was a painstaking effort and resulted in the hiring of sixteen independent artists to help complete the work.
Great effort has been made to cite the sources of the information included in these texts, and acknowledge the many wonderful artists who have contributed their talents for the completion of these paintings. Without their generosity, intellect, and artistic gifts, this work would not be the complex and intriguing piece that it is. Many of the initial artistic compositions of the paintings have been adapted by the artists. The body of text which accompanies the paintings however, is the result of research by the creative director to dig and unearth meaning from the many sources of information that this work represents. The ideas and opinions of this piece have been careful composed without the overall knowledge or consent of the artists.
The goal of this work is to show the relationship of all knowledge to itself; its possible points of origins and the developmental processes of branching into the different disciplines that abound today. Lastly, the art and text together highlight the remarkable relationship between that enormous body of knowledge and humankind’s emotional attachment to it.
To contact individual artists for comments and curiosity about their opinions regarding their work with this project, links will be set up on our website soon: www.thelabaxfoundation.com. Or you can contact our office through letters for questions and comments: The Labax Foundation, C/O Rollin J. Soskin & Associates, LTD., 100 Village Green #220, Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069. Phone inquiries can be made to: 847-714-1000. We will make every effort to contact the artist of interest so that your questions can be answered.
Thank you for your consideration of this work and its message.