monitoring the very edge of existence

DARIO ROBLETO

Born: 1972
Lives and works: San Antonio, TX

Likes: (the Big Topic) Death, mourning, The Lazarus Species and Super Centinarians, and pursuing science through the arts
Says things like:
“We commit our lives to something that will perish (LOVE)”,
“Nature affects critical thinking”,
“Be an imaginary naturalist, monitoring the very edge of existence”,
“Lose a language, loose a way of thinking about the world”,
“Truth is stranger than fiction”, and
“Ego tu sum, tu es ego; unanimi sumus”
(I am you, you are I; we are of one soul/mind/spirit).

You might say he is a “Material-ist Poet.

Materials and Mediums: glacially released 50,000-year old Wooly Mammoth, 19th c. braided hair flowers of various lovers intertwined with glacially released Wooly Mammoth hair, carved ivory and bone, boscote, ribbon, hair braid made of stretched and curled audio tape recordings of the last known Union Civil War soldier’s voice and the last known Confederate Civil War widow’s voice, homemade paper (pulp made from sweetheart letters written by soldiers who did not return from various wars, sepia, bone dust from every bone in the body), lace and fabric from mourning dresses, hair flower braided by a Civil War widow, colored paper, silk, milk paint, ink stained ash, glass, typeset

Mr Robleto broke my heart when he spoke about the Huia Bird at MCA San Diego.
The Huia Bird was last seen in 1907 in New Zealand. The male and females adapt to and for each other for feeding habits: the male has a hard beak to make the hole in a tree trunk, the female has a long beak to reach in and get the food out of the hole. These birds were monogamous, mates for life. Only chiefs could wear their tail feather. Unfortunately when these feathers became popular in Europe. They were hunted by by imitating the cry of the male bird for his female companion. The Huia birds died out to fashion.
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