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Uptown Art: Week of April 8 – 14

April 17, 2012

New in the gallery is Shelly Rickloff’s Perceptions of the Self-Obsessive Mind. Shelly’s artist statement reads, “I’ve created this body of work, Perceptions of the Self-Obsessive Mind, to express my concern for young women who have become victim to social standards of “beauty”. During my childhood, I was teased about my height, weight, and complexion, which developed into an obsession with my appearance. This eventually became a disorder. The work is based on personal struggles and experiences that I have re-constructed into images. Through this creative process, I have overcome my weight obsession and live a healthy lifestyle. I can now see beauty in the small ‘imperfections’ and quirkiness that define a person making them ‘real’ and unique. Nevertheless, I still battle with minor insecurities, as many women do.”

Student debt may discourage marriage: “Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported that student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion, which has left most 2010 graduates with an average of $25,000 in loans to pay off. Shortly after that report was released, another was formed by IHS Global Insight, which suggested that marriage plans are being delayed because of debt, though it did not explicitly state it was directly related to student debt. According to the IHS report, the top 1 percent of borrowers owe $150,000 and the average age of first marriages has risen by nearly a year. The debts amassed by post-graduate students can be much higher than indebted undergraduate students.”

Creative decor is one fold away: “In the hands of a paper artist, a humble sheet can be transformed by a few clever folds or cuts into a creature, a structure, even an elaborate diorama. That alchemy is at the heart of papercrafting, and the finished projects make interesting, unusual home decor. Depending on your talent level, you can choose a simple-to-assemble kit, print out instructions from a paper artist, or buy a finished piece of custom artwork. A hobby for some, a collecting interest for others, papercraft can be a fascinating avenue of creative expression.”

Shooter to be charged in Trayvon Martin death: “It was announced yesterday that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, will be charged in Martin’s death. According to the Associated Press, Zimmerman will be charged with second-degree murder and was arrested by police in Florida on Wednesday. In a press conference in Jacksonville, Fla., Special Prosecutor Angela Corey stated that they do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition, and that they prosecute based on the facts of cases.”

Apparently stolen photos part of London digital art exhibit: “The term “art thief” has taken on new meaning. A pair of artists has turned 10,000 private photos they say they stole from 100 hard drives into a public slideshow. The exhibit, on display at London’s Carroll/Fletcher gallery, also features intentionally tattered works by Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp and Jeff Koons. Curator Barbara Rodriguez Munoz told the Associated Press that the show is meant to question public versus private, as well as what falls under the “art” umbrella. “We wanted to create a space where there’s room for risk and a room for discussion,” she said. “Sometimes if you don’t shake those boundaries, you don’t create conversation.””

North Carolina town plans to ticket drivers for any cellphone use: “If you’re driving through Chapel Hill, N.C., and your cellphone rings, don’t answer it. Starting June 1, you can get a $25 dollar ticket for talking on your cellphone while driving within the city limits.
In a close 5-4 vote, the town council decided to ban any phone calls made while operating a vehicle – that includes hands-free devices, such as Bluetooth and speakerphones.”

Fun at PirateFest, Pigskin Pigout: “So much of the public discourse and focus in Greenville stays fixed on the many problems faced by this growing community. Issues like crime and public safety, transportation and mass transit, proper planning and thoughtful land-use management can set neighbor against neighbor and help to inaccurately define this city as a place overrun by woe. Then there are weekends like this — when the city’s annual PirateFest weekend festival unfolds at the same time that East Carolina University hosts its Purple and Gold Pigskin Pigout — and those fears and worries are pushed to the side for a few days of pleasant revelry. These opportunities are few and far between, so residents would do well to take advantage.”

ECU streaker in trouble again: “A Raleigh man arrested last fall for streaking at an East Carolina University football game is back in jail after campus police arrested him on Friday in connection with a vandalism incident on campus, according to a news release. John D. Sieglinger, 22, of Raleigh, was charged with injury to personal property and resist, delay or obstructing an officer for the 2:30 a.m. incident, officials said.”

Police remove downtown barriers: “The barriers that once blocked key intersections of downtown Greenville on the weekends have been removed. The barriers were mainly concentrated in the vicinity of Fifth Street and surrounding areas. Barriers were initially utilized in 2009 after violence swept through the city and came to a climax with a drive-by shooting downtown. According to the Greenville Police Patrol Bureau’s Downtown Deployment Strategy plan, which was updated only a month after James Richardson shot and killed Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside of the Other Place nightclub in June 2009, the barriers were to aid in “traffic calming.””

Restored violins bear sound, remembrance of Holocaust: “When a musician plays a violin long enough, the instrument is imprinted with its owner’s way of making sound. If someone else picks it up, they learn to play it in a way that honors its history. So when David Russell places a violin played in the World War II concentration camp of Auschwitz under his chin, he lets the violin tell him how to do it. The Auschwitz violin and 17 others with connections to the vanished world of Europe’s prewar Jewish communities are part of a new exhibit and performance series called “Violins of Hope.””

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