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Senior Studio/TIMARA Recital: Takahashi Bangs Things Against Things, Among Other Things

Senior Studio/TIMARA Recital: Takahashi Bangs Things Against Things, Among Other Things

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor
April 22, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music, Visual Art

On NPR a few years back, Thom Yorke of Radiohead explained the value of electronic music. Unlike strumming a guitar, he argued, sound played electronically doesn’t have to be decoded, re-understood and retransmitted electronically. It plays in its original form directly out of the speakers. What Yorke...

Trying to Keep Things Perfect Plays with Mythical Boyhood

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor
April 6, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Mothers and fathers use the phrase “boys will be boys” to excuse their male children’s troublemaking. In the 1940s and ’50s, the phrase could be heard on television and in books like The Little Rascals, Leave it to Beaverand The Lone Ranger. This fictional adolescence was a suburban American cu...

“Translucidity” Envisions a Clean, Sharp and Concise Photo-Universe

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer
March 18, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

According to the Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries, “Translucidity,” the title of College seniors Caroline Casey and Skylar Sweetman’s Senior Studio collaboration, is not a real word. In the absence of a dictionary-sanctioned definition for the word, a more accurate — but significantly...

Artist Roni Horn Displays Multiple Personalities During Visit to Oberlin

Artist Roni Horn Displays Multiple Personalities During Visit to Oberlin

Alex La Ferla, Staff Writer
March 11, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Features, Visual Art

“Which Roni Horn do you want to talk to?” visiting artist Roni Horn asked a packed classroom in the Art Building before opening up a question-and-answer session. “There are many of them.” This bold, yet strikingly honest statement was characteristic of the way the artist addressed eager students...

Guatemalan Art Exhibit Visually Stunning, Politically Charged

Abby Hawkins, Staff Writer
March 11, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Anyone who has strolled into Mudd Library since last Sunday cannot have helped but notice “La Mujer Maya: Contemporary Indigenous Art from Guatemala,” the aesthetically vibrant and politically charged exhibition co-curated by College sophomores Kenny Ludlow and Britt Higgins. With two cross-sectioned partitio...

Senior Studio Review: Singer and Kelly’s “Supernatural” Super Awesome

Senior Studio Review: Singer and Kelly’s “Supernatural” Super Awesome

Jimmy Hagan
March 11, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film, Visual Art

Supernatural, the duo Senior Studio Show by Calder Singer and Mary Kate Kelly, unfolded like a delicate boxing match. Upon first impression, their work read like a battle between the ethereal versus physical, glamorous versus earthen, timeless versus fleeting. Could we even say hipster versus hippie? ...

On the Record: Roni Horn

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor
March 11, 2011
Filed under ARTS, On the Record, Visual Art

You’re going to be doing a critique this afternoon. As art students, we do critiques all the time. Do you have any advice for students on how to critique their peers? I’m not really good with advice but the way I like to run critiques focuses on the experience of the audience. I like to encour...

Ninth Congressional District High School Juried Invitational Art Exhibition Impresses

Ninth Congressional District High School Juried Invitational Art Exhibition Impresses

Rachel Avcioglu
March 4, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

It's nearly impossible not to slow down and take in all the beautiful artwork lining the long hallway in the Science Center. Beauty aside, the works are definitely attention-grabbing and unique. When I first passed through the hall, just as the pieces were being put up, I knew immediately that these...

Online Art Fair Accidentally Great for People it Tried to Exclude

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor
February 18, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Few college students, myself included, get the opportunity to travel to international art fairs. Art Basel in Miami, while certainly a desirous escape from December snow in Oberlin, falls right on top of finals week — and, with loan payments starting to grow against our best interests, such extr...

The Art of the Poster

James Hagan, Staff Writer
December 4, 2009
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

As a culture, we are addicted to images. As a school, we are addicted to posters. This is a common phenomenon on many campuses, this particular vehemence with which we revere postering. In Wilder, we make a habit of immortalizing posters in clean frames, on those new flat televisions, and almost every...

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