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Clever Variations of Evolution’s March of Progress

Evolution can be a controversial subject for some, but Paris-based artist collective Maentis has decided to take on the touchy topic in a clever and sometimes humorous way for their first creative endeavor as a group. Their ongoing project titled 99 Steps of Progress presents a series of graphics that parody the March of Progress illustration. Their simplified silhouettes define the modern modern in relation to his neanderthal predecessors through minute yet effective additions and subtractions.

Maentis intends to create 99 of these graphics inspired by the scientific illustration in 99 days. They are almost a third of the way into their creative undertaking and have already tackled many subjects that interpret man's progression and the state we are in today with the incorporation of pop culture. Browsing through almost two dozen graphics, it leads one to wonder if “progress” is the right word. Is it evolution or devolution?

Prints of these works can be purchased through Maentis' shop on RedBubble.
















Maentis website
via [Ian Brooks]

Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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