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Round Up: Week of April 15 – 21

April 26, 2012

Skeleton Cartoons.

Old advertisements for new things.

#@*! Yeah Art Student Owl.

The Knight’s brave heart had never known fear
‘Til he felt the Pale Sisters begin to draw near.

Ginger Haze.

Art Around Denver.

Art > Dream Girls.

Vaïnui de Castelbajac.

Johnny Cash.

Sound Sculpted.

Sublime banalité, ou fly.

Colors for Lunch – Subway® sandwich.

Rotating Fox.

Ebbs & Flows.

Tear-off Wallpaper.

Thru Time and Space.


Uptown Art: Week of April 15 – 21

April 24, 2012

Barefoot on the Mall.

“Bare It All, Go Barefoot” at Barefoot On The Mall: “The Student Activities Board will be holding the 33rd annual Barefoot on the Mall on Thursday from 2-8 p.m. Headlining the free event will be the New Boyz, a hip hop/rap group, who are well known for their hit songs, “The Jerk” and “Tie Me Down.” Openers for the event will be Thick as Thieves, a national-touring band, and The Ethnographers and Matt Phillips and the Philharmonics, both local bands who participated in the annual Battle of the Bands competition. According to Jordan Millette, the special events chair for SAB, a student intern named Laura Lauffer had the idea for Barefoot on the Mall in 1979, and said she wanted the event to be in the spring and be something everyone could go to barefoot and relaxed. Lauffer also wanted the day to be filled with music, crafts and refreshments.”

You! Be Informed!: “With so many of our posts being about visual inspiration, you’d think that that’s all we get inspired from. Not so! And now we want to remedy that. Every day there are so many design-related articles, news, developments and innovations bursting out of our RSS feeds, email inboxes and social media accounts that our team’s creative brains are definitely not lacking in substantially chunky design idea fodder. In case you didn’t know where to look, we’ll share what’s on our plate every week with you too. So sit back, relax and prepare to leisurely but thoroughly digest this meaty, design-savvy awesomeness that is the first issue of the You! Be Informed! series!”

Savage Unappealing: “ECU hit the MTV airwaves on Tuesday night as sex columnist Dan Savage’s trip to campus finally aired after months of anticipation. Needless to say, the university community was holding its breath as the show began, waiting to see how MTV would portray our beloved Pirate Nation. For some, including myself, the end result was somewhat of a disappointment, and a slap in the face to those of us who wish ECU was seen as more than “Easy U” in the nation’s eyes, a name that isn’t even associated with our promiscuous nature, but our supposed past academic shortcomings. Since its premiere, I have set aside my aversion to anything MTV to watch “Savage U,” which has developed into an enjoyable and extremely informative show, wrapped in a socially acceptable sex-fest that appeals to the youthful masses. But with the feeling that ECU’s reputation hung on the thread of this episode, I found myself very anxious as the sex lives of my fellow students were sprawled across my TV screen.”

Eight Products the Facebook Generation Will Not Buy: “Consumer tastes are changing at a greater rate than ever before. Not surprisingly, the purchasing habits of the youngest generation present the most dramatic shifts — a reflection of what they find important. 24/7 Wall St. has identified eight popular products that the “Facebook generation” is not buying. Generation Y, generally defined as those born between 1980 and 1999, have lost interest in many of the services and products their parents found important. For example, younger Americans are less interested in cars. In 1998, 64.4% of potential drivers 19-years old and younger had drivers licenses. By 2008, that rate had dropped to 46.3%, according to the Federal Highway Administration.”

Budget Cuts Effects on Students: “Many strategies and options have been proposed to accommodate recent budget cuts but students will notice few effects on campus. An estimated $120 million decrease on total spending in the past four years has occurred. A tuition increase of $410 for undergraduate in-state residents, $1,645 for undergraduate out-of-state residents, $452 for graduate in-state residents and $1,489 for graduate out-of-state has been determined, stated Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs. Over the past two years, class sizes have increased by about five to six people per class which could potentially continue to increase, according to Dr. Marilyn Sheerer, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs.”

NYC photo exhibit captures Warhol as young artist: “Andy Warhol once predicted 15 minutes of fame for everyone. But 25 years after his death, the pop artist’s reputation and impact on the contemporary art world show no signs of fading. His iconic images of everyday consumer objects and celebrities consistently command high prices and draw enthusiastic crowds to museum and gallery shows. But before he catapulted onto the world stage, the young artist was already producing some of his most iconic pieces. In a new exhibition, Warhol is captured in photographs at the very cusp of the pop art movement. “Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy,” at the Site/109 gallery in lower Manhattan, features rare shots of Warhol and artist Robert Indiana posing together and with what were soon to become their most celebrated works — Warhol’s “Marilyn” and Indiana’s “LOVE” logo.”

Five ways we affect the planet: “The late Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D) of Wisconsin organized the first Earth Day in 1970 after the devastating oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif. The event started as an environmental teach-in, with some 20 million Americans taking part on college campuses across the United States. Today, 500 million people in 175 countries observe Earth Day on April 22 as a way to celebrate the natural world and raise awareness of the environment. How much do humans affect the earth? ”

Decorative arts from the world’s fairs: “Their parents and grandparents may have fond memories of attending world’s fairs, but most modern kids won’t come closer to such grand, old-fashioned expo-style events than the classic movie “Meet Me in St. Louis.” A new exhibition at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art aims to resurrect the excitement and international flavor of these blockbuster expositions, appealing to nostalgic older generations and curious youngsters alike by celebrating 90 years of beauty and technological innovation in the decorative arts.”

Round Up: Week of April 8 – 14

April 19, 2012

100 Most Influential Artists of the Complex Decade.

Sandra Dieckmann.

Re-imagined Disney Posters.

Philosophy Explained through Basic Shapes.

Chrysanthemom Mirror DIY.

Ako Castuera.

Source Unknown.

Kari Herer.

Vincent Nappi.

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.””

Round Up – Week of April 1 – 7

April 12, 2012

Empty Spaces.

Pantone Easter Eggs.

Things you must’ve said to your children.

Owls Happened.

Transform your iPhone with water.

Washed Out.

The internet killed reading? Not quite.

Francesca Woodman At The Guggenheim.

Uptown Art: Week of April 1 – 7

April 10, 2012

Uptown Art recently welcomed a new assistant manager, Shannon – and she agreed to do an interview for us!

Say hello, Shannon!:
Hi there! I’m Shannon. All my life I’ve been a passionate Photographer, Traveler, and Crafter. I’ve moved around here and there – born in Atlanta, spent an early year in Delaware, raised in L.A., lived in Beirut, and most recently relocated to Greenville, NC.

What was your first job?:
I spent about a decade completely consumed in the wonderful world of Theater. I started as an Actress for a several years, but a fortuitously timed opening lead me to become a Stage Technician. My first job was actually as a Stage Manager for my southern California school district…while I still attended high school there. I loved it; the job, the schedule, my older coworkers & friends, and the unique perks of being a simultaneous district employee and high school student.

Speaking of school, where did you attend?:
Home Photography Studio, c/o Dad.
Upland High School, Upland CA.
Citrus College. Glendora, CA.
Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA.

What inspires you?:
Travel, above all else. My family has a unique and longstanding tradition of World Exploration that I inherited early on. Travel, of any shape or size, changes you. It changes the way you see the world and how you interact with it. It answers questions and raises even more. It opens your eyes.

What drove you to photography?:
I am a third-generation world traveler & photographer, so I guess it was in my blood. My paternal grandfather’s home was littered with exotic artifacts & photographs from his life spent as a Tour Guide & owner of a Travel Agency. There was an African Boar hide above his living room couch, next to an old black & white photo of him wearing a pith helmet sitting astride a camel on the Giza plateau. My father lived in Brazil and Germany, as well as traveling throughout Europe…all before he graduated College. They developed a passion for photography as a tool to document all they had seen; a passion that grew from there. This was my normal, growing up.
When I was little, my Dad would set up a photography studio in the living room on Saturdays. I’d stare out the windows while he metered & flashed, getting it all right. At the time, I was bored (although, years later, it was handy having him take all my acting headshots). But now, looking back, I am so thankful for the years of instruction I received at home. The connection I have to my father & grandfather. It is all invaluable to me.

Who inspired you to be an artist?:
First and foremost, I try to follow my father’s & grandfather’s example. As I grew older, and studied and traveled myself, I found other photographers whose work I admired. Travel Photographers & Photojournalists still remain my largest influences. The phenomenal James Nachtwey and Jodi Cobb (the only female Staff Photographer for National Geographic) are two in particular whom I greatly respect.

When you were younger, did you want to be something other than an artist? If so, what?:
I think like all little girls, I went through a Veterinarian phase. That is, until the watershed moment I learned that as such I’d be responsible for euthanizing sick critters. No more Veterinarian dream. Growing up in L.A., and developing a passion for Theater early on, I was bitten by the Art Bug. I knew from then on out, my life had to be centered around some form of Art. While I moved on to Travel & Photography, I still have many friends in the Performing Arts, and my twin brother makes his living as a Stage Technician through IATSE and Disney…so I feel surrounded by Artists, which I love.

What do you enjoy about creating?:
The instant gratification of having something tangible & completely unique to show for the time & energy you’ve sacrificed to create your Art.

Where has your art been published or displayed?:
Dagher, Shannon. “Where I’m At – Ballouneh, Lebanon.” JPG Magazine Oct-Nov 2008: 16-17. Print.
Dagher, Shannon. “CA. Powerline (TtV).” FILE Magazine. August 2008.
Dagher, Shannon. “99 Cents.” FILE Magazine. May 2008.
Dagher, Shannon. “German Military Coats.” FILE Magazine. April 2008.
Dagher, Shannon. “Finding Lebanon.” Everywhere Magazine Mar-Apr 2008: 74+. Print.
Dagher, Shannon. “Photo Challenge Winner—Moustache.” JPG Magazine. March 2008.
Dagher, Shannon. “Photoshop Challenge Winner.” What Digital Camera Magazine (UK). October 2007: p. 101.
Dagher, Shannon. “Featured Artist.” United Artist Guild (India). October 2007.

Photography at High Speed: A Historical and Contemporary Exhibit, Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA. 2008.
We Are All Photographers Now!, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland. 2007.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Art Benefit, Azusa Pacific University, Glendora, CA. 2005.

Have you ever collaborated with other artists?:
I was very proud to be a member of a small International Photography Collective, 15×100—15 Photographs By 100 Photographers, from 2008-2010. I still remain close to my fellow members and our collaboration is still alive & kicking through The Shoe From Peru Project.

What type of camera do you use?:
My Travel Photography is mostly done on my Canon DSLRs with all post done in Photoshop CS4. I originally learned to shoot on 35mm. & 120mm., and have quite an extensive collective of Antique & Vintage cameras (35mm., 120mm., and deadstock). I love to have fun trying new cameras & processing techniques.

Favorite snack while creating?:
Water, while shooting. Usually chocolate or gummy worms while editing.

What do you wish you could do?:
Make my living as a Travel Photographer / Photojournalist.

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?:
Becoming a published photojournalist. Seeing my Lebanon photographs and stories (2005, 2007) in print.

How do you defeat artist’s block or burnout?:
Obviously, Traveling is #1. While a trans-Atlantic flight isn’t always possible in the real world, I’ve found that something as simple as getting out of town for the day can do the trick. Just drive…wander. Get lost. See what you find. Additionally, Art in general can get me going again. Perusing museums, galleries, books, the internet, or trying my hand at a new medium or craft…all of these are necessary to keep me happy and functioning.

Round Up : Week of March 18-24

March 29, 2012

Enormous Sculptures of Books Exploding Out of Buildings

“It elevates the soul, but an appetite for the arts may also do the body good. A new study found that stroke survivors who enjoyed music, painting and theater had better recovery than patients who did not.

Researchers from the University Tor Vergata School of Nursing in Rome asked 192 stroke survivors whether they did or did not like art: the participants were fairly split, with 105 reporting an interest in music, painting and theater, and 87 reporting no appreciation. The researchers then compared quality of life for patients who liked art and patients who didn’t.”

How an Appreciation for the Arts May Boost Stroke Recover

Owl Be Darned! Apron pattern.

Like Public Art? There’s Now An App For That!

The Galileo is a revolutionary, iOS-controlled robotic iPhone platform with infinite spherical rotation capability. Just swipe your finger on the screen of your iPad or other iOS device and Galileo reacts, orienting your iPhone or iPod Touch accordingly.  With applications in areas of photography, cinematography, social networking, and video conferencing, Galileo gives iOS devices endless possibilities of remote-controlled motion. Capable of infinite 360° pan-and-tilt at speeds up to 200° per second in any orientation, Galileo is an invaluable tool to everyone from an amateur photographer to the professional cinematographer, and vastly improves the experience of video chat for anyone needing to stay connected.

“Real Life” Disney characters.

Alberto Seveso’s stunning a Due Colori series