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November 14, 2017
The History of the Camera: Photo-realism and its origins

The first handheld camera was invented in 1888 by George Eastman[1], it was called the Kodak One. Eventually, the handheld camera achieved enormous popularity in 1910 with the invention of the Brownie Camera[2]. People regularly made remarks about how you couldn't even go outside without having your picture taken[3]. The Single Lens Reflex Camera was […]

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April 5, 2018
Politics and The Creative Act of Destruction.

Capitalism relies on innovation to thrive, it must continually change, destroy the previous orders of things in order to function. Change is essential to capitalism. Wars create jobs through the act of destruction (military industrial complex). Technology relies on the same methods. Last year's iPhone is made obsolete by next year's model, it is replaced, […]

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August 4, 2017
Tips for the Emerging Artist

What tips do you have for aspiring artists? What are some things that anyone can do to hone their artistic abilities? This is a collection of tips that I've picked up over the years. Always use spell-check. Volunteer for organizations because you care about their mission, not because it benefits you. Avoid politically correct people. […]

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May 26, 2017
How to Paint Like the Old Masters in 4 Steps

Make an Outline, use the construction method or draw from life. Then fill in the lights and darks, pretending the brush is a roller, ignoring the details. Try to avoid middle tones. The sketching phase should be completed with an ugly dark color. Finally, it's all about the details. Step 1: Begin each painting with […]

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December 13, 2016
On Rationality

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” - Aristotle Thought is not black and white. What I see in the world is a bunch of people all doing what they think is the right thing to do, or the good thing to do, but […]

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July 20, 2016
My School Field Trip to Redline

This essay is my critique on a class field trip that I took to Redline while earning my Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) in the Spring of 2016 and my encounter with the artist Daisy Patton. Before we begin, let me tell you a few things about myself. This will make sense later when I really get […]

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October 11, 2015
Katy Perry, Banksy, and Postmodernism.

There is so much elitism in the art world that I jokingly tried to argue that Katy Perry was a postmodern performance artist to some artist friends only to be confronted with eye-rolls. Katy Perry is a pop singer known for "California Gurls". Her stylistic choices may look and sound like a generic pop band, […]

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July 5, 2015
l’bizarre pour l’bizarre - Art for Quirks Sake

Modernism arrived when Manet painted “Olympia.” He critiqued representational art and the aristocracy's way of life. He used the very same nudes that he was critiquing to present his case.[1] Postmodernism arrived with Duchamp’s Urinal, he playfully challenged the significance of art at its core. If one were to simply put a urinal into an art gallery, […]

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June 28, 2015
Is Jurassic Park a Feminist Film?

First off: Jurassic Park is a wonderfully entertaining series, I've watched it many times. Film is a reflection of culture, and culture is largely patriarchal. Bad is another thought altogether. I had a professor argue that Picasso and Pollock were not good painters because they were womanizers, I'm not sure if the two are related. […]

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June 14, 2015
Orientalism: Film and Culture

Orientalism: Film and Culture. Orientalists are famous for their scholarly portrayals of the non-west. According to the Guardian, "Jean-Léon Gérôme's painting The Snake Charmer is a sleazy imperialist vision of the east. A group of men sit on the ground watching a nude snake charmer, draped with a slithering phallic python, in front of glittering Islamic tiles […]

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May 31, 2015
He. She. It.

Objectification in Contemporary Media. I. What does it mean to be an object? What is objectification and how does it exist in art? Being an object means being perceived as an object. Being the subject means being perceived as a subject or person.[1] Objectification is breaking down the subject in terms of the subject’s relationship to the object. If […]

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May 24, 2015
Banksy: A Question of Art and Utility

Can Art be Made for Money? Art for art’s sake is a slogan translated from the French l’art pour l’art, which was coined in the early 19th century by the French philosopher Victor Cousin. The phrase expresses the belief held by many writers and artists, especially those associated with Aestheticism-that art needs no justification, that it need serve no political, didactic, or […]

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