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The Greatest RPG Ever Made?I love video games. If I'm ever given the choice between a shopping spree or a gaming marathon, I'll happily sit in the dark with a bowl of chips and a controller. However, I've never played even one Halo game, so I don’t think I can fully wear the badge of “girl gamer.”
I got started a little late on technology. When I was a kid, my mom would buy my brother and I just about any toy we desired except video games. In her eyes, sweetened cereal, sandboxes, and video games were things to be avoided because they were bad for your health (according to the evening news). However, when a neighbor was cleaning out her storage and came across a Sega Genesis her kids didn't want, mom didn't object to letting us have it (yay for free toys!).
A year later, she bought us a Playstation from the local game exchange store with a handful of games from the used “greatest hits” bin. All of the games I had played up to that point were platformers and sidescrollers, so I
Where did that come from? Summer 2013 trendsModern art is working its way back into fashion yet again! Some of the hottest items appearing on the runway and in our favorite retailer's stores this season feature bold geometric patterns. These patterns are no longer limited to tops and accessories, skirts and pants have also been taken over by this trend. Floral patterns have also “sprung up,” appearing on maxi dresses and skinny jeans. Both pattern types clash in a delightful way when paired together. The color palette of this trend is much cooler than the neon bright hues of last year, so there is little worry of looking garish.
The newly released remake of the 1974 The Great Gatsby, set in the Roaring 20's, has inspired the fashion world to take a look back at some of the styles and trends of the now distant past. You might be wondering why I mentioned modern
The truth about HomeschoolingI was homeschooled from middle school up to college. Homeschooling was (and still is) a good fit for my family, and I did really well academically because of it. Each year, at the beginning of the summer, my brother and I would take a standardized test and mail it off to be scored by the state. The results would be sent back to my parents and the Board of Education. The Board would acknowledge our passing from one grade to the next and send a letter of formal excuse from school for the following year. I was homeschooled without the use of a computer (however, we did own one) for 5-7 hours a day five days a week by my mother. To those on the outside, those tactics seemed extreme, but my siblings and I were still left with quite a lot of time to play and participate in extra-curricular activities.
Even with proven evidence that homeschooling is an eff
Art(WORK)Chances are, when you explain what your job is to someone the response isn't, “you get paid for that?” It's a legitimate question for some professions, but I'm an illustrator. On top of that, I refuse to work for free. You wouldn't put in eight plus hours at your place of work for no pay would you? Most people don't consider what I and other artists do to be legitimate 'work.' I'm having fun, so how can it be possible that I'm also “working?” It's possible to have fun while working, but the process of making art is not always “fun.”
When art is exhibited, you rarely see what it took to get to the final piece. There's an assumption that artist's pieces are born “as is,” that there were no stops along the way, but that is rarely the case. Even for art pieces that are based on chance, a certain amount of success and failure had proceeded their birth. In fact, the failures are important to get to the success.
Sean P. Morrisey: PrintmakerSean Morrisey’s work is based upon how humans are effecting the environment through American suburban homes and also the identity which is made by the new up and coming generation of 20 somethings in America. In addition to that, his work also explores the materials used in construction and the irony of consumerism. He uses several techniques in producing his prints which include screenprinting, digital prints, and chine colle. Sean also created short term installations made of cut paper which were documented in his studio in Pittsburg. Sean’s prints make use of positive and negative shapes, flat planes of color. The majority of work that he showed us during his lecture was from his Graduate School education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sean currently is living and working in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and is a visiting artist this week here at the Myers School of Art.
His places of residence directly effect
Isamu Noguchi Japanese American sculptor and architect Isamu Noguchi was born in Los Angeles, California in 1904. His father was Japanese poet, Yonejiro Noguchi, and his mother, Leonie Gilmour, was an American writer. Noguchi’s parents never married and he himself was never formally named until he was three years old. Noguchi lived part of his young life in Tokyo, Japan with his mother where she taught English to support them. Noguchi was sent back to the United States for boarding school when he was thirteen, but his mother remained in Japan. When the school closed in 1918, the founder, Dr. Edward Rumeley, brought Noguchi in and supported him. Rumeley encouraged Noguchi to go into medicine, but he was interested in art. Dr. Rumely made it possible for Noguchi to be apprenticed, but his lack of initial skill as a sculptor ultimately landed him in Columbia University as a pre-med student. Noguchi did not particularly show an aptitude toward medicine and in 1920 decided
Art and Abjection Today we’ll be looking at different examples of abjection in art. Throughout history, art has at times forced the viewer to confront the uncomfortable, which is what Julia Kristeva called the abject. The first experience of abjection according to Kristeva is when a child is separated from its mother and existence is threatened. Viewing the abject in art has become an increasingly popular subject in contemporary art, and we can see that social and political ills are the fuel for the fire. According to Kristeva in the Powers of Horror, “the abject has to do with "what disturbs identity, system, order…. what does not respect borders, positions, and rules.”
In “Art and Emotion in psychoanalysis” Elliot L. Jurist states that art expresses psychic needs. According to Sigmund Freud, Art is a product of the unconscious mind, and art manages to achieve a reconciliation of pleasure and
Kamikaze GirlsKamikaze Girls chronicles the beginning of what we can assume will be a life long friendship of two polar opposite teenage girls: Momoko and Ichigo (who aliases as Ichiko). If anything, the story of Kamikaze Girls reinforces the proverb “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Momoko has no friends, prefers being alone, and has a dismal outlook on life. Ichiko on the other hand is carefree, and the exact opposite of Momoko. Both girls hide behind their chosen styles of dress to create a protective outer shell of identity.
Momoko is obsessed with the lighthearted Rococo period that has been channeled in the 20th and 21st century by Lolita fashions (Sweet Lolita, not quite Gothic). Momoko wishes to be sweet and fragile like the women from the Rococo period. In a further attempt to “fill herself with sweet things,” Momoko only eats desserts and candies. However, Momoko’s life is less than ideal. Her father is an alcoholic
Fashion, Identity, and Hybridity In this essay, I will be exploring the ways that identity construction is connected to the rise in hybridity in fashion and in fine art. With each passing year in this new millennium, we are seeing the clash and combinations of history and culture. Information is gathered and deciphered at lightning speed, merged and synthesized, giving birth to the hybrid.
According to Efrat Tseelon, fashion through time has followed these three steps: imitation (dress), production (fashion), and simulation (post-fashion) (Tseelon 4). The model is based upon Veblen’s principle of conspicuous consumption, Baudrillard’s theory of simulation, and Barthes’ ‘fashion code.’ Tseelon considers all fashion a type of masking; a way one either presents or conceals his or herself from the world. Masking operates in two ways, first by adding ambivalence to dress codes, and second by increasing the gap betw
ViolinI remember the day
you told me violins
were strung with cat gut
and that is why
you hated music
(who says that to a child?)
I followed you
all that summer.
I watched you
grow away from mother -
your whiskey held better conversations
and all she did was cry.
We'd sit cross-legged on the porch
and count the horseflies
settling on our lunch.
You would drown tadpoles
in a bucket
surprised they could not swim
and I would dream
of cherry popsicles.
And when night would gather
on the sidewalk
I'd hold my breath
until a star appeared.
Don't bother making wishes
you'd tell me -
stars are dead weight in heaven
and God has cloth ears.
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