As DARKE gallery's winter artist in residence, Joshua Goode has transformed the space into a Contemporary Alternative Natural History Museum, where fact and fiction conflate. The premise of Origin of Myth is that an ancient subterranean tomb complex was discovered during a 2012 public works project in Rice Military at the corner of Detering and Feagan. The tomb has been dated to 7000BCE and has been linked to the Ancient Aurora Rhome civilization in North Texas.
The artifacts found possess attributes of objects found in ancient Egyptian, Mycenaean, Etruscan tombs and of toys from the 1980s.
Joshua Goode is leading the on-going excavation and is displaying many of the artifacts found at the site to the public for the first time at the DARKE gallery. These include golden chimerical sculptures, paintings and drawings. Visitors are also invited to participate in the on-going archaeological excavation. Guests are encouraged to join in the research by physically digging up artifacts, identifying and documenting them and then adding their newly discovered treasures to the exhibition.