Post Punk with Patrick: Circa Survive cover

Patrick Bransfield
Staff Writer

Record Store Day, known of by only a handful of music listeners was held Saturday,

Circa band members (Photo: Google Images)

Circa band members (Photo: Google Images)

April 19 this year.  Of the many records unveiled, indie label Robotic Empire put together a Nirvana In Utero Tribute Album. Circa Survive is one of the twelve bands paying tribute to the third and final Nirvana album.
Circa’s take on “Scentless Apprentice” is very similar to the original, the only differences being the timbre of Anthony Green’s voice, and slight instrumental variations during the noise-filled bridges of the song.
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Smart Art: A challenge to experience the art of living

Sara Torgerson
Arts Editor

Dear Reader,

This is the last Smart Art article I’ll write you and the last time you’ll see an Arts section in The Q. The past couple of years writing for The Quindecim has been my pleasure. I hope all who read this have enjoyed reading my articles as much as I’ve loved writing them. That said, I will start this final article.
What type of art will you make? I’m not talking about physical manifestations of art like sculpture or painting, but a metaphysical art. The type of art that is intention and creation. The art that is solely your own medium and is entirely up to you to put out into the universe. This art is your passion, it is the small rings of change that you as a person will make –big or small, positive or negative.
These are the thoughts that keep me up at night. What is my art? Though I’m not entirely sure what I’ll put out into the world, I find that this is the time for figuring it out. As I leave college, I realize that this is the transition that forces my peers and me to look at our lives and act. This is a time in life where we can’t tread water without drowning. So, long-winded as this is, and not about traditional art, I wonder what your medium is? Are you living your life with a sense or artistry? Are you creating something by learning, or meeting new people, finding a job, finding a lover, falling in love, or doing anything that qualifies as living life? Or are you a passive bystander of life –an anti-artist.
If that is the case, I challenge you to do something. I encourage you to live life creatively, to practice the art of living. Get interested, become interesting, and put your art into the world, whether its making sculpture, finding a job, or helping people. Just make art because by doing so you bring people together  – and isn’t that what art is supposed to do in the first place?

New show at the Silbert Art Gallery shows the obverse of gender

Christine Cherry
Sports Editor

A little over a month ago, Femme, a show solely about women, was on display in the Silber Art Gallery.

Virilit-He exhibit in the Silbert Art Gallery (Photo Gooucher College)

Virilit-He exhibit in the Silbert Art Gallery (Photo Gooucher College)

The current show, entitled Virilit-HE, is about the other side of the binary – masculinity. The title of the gallery is from the word “virility,” which according to the Oxford English Dictionary is defined as “mature or fully developed manhood or masculine force.” As a (self-absorbed) woman, I have never given much thought to what constitutes a ‘man.’ Therefore, I used my leisurely stroll through Silber to educate myself on what challenges people identifying as male face throughout their lives. An interesting fact about Virilit-HE is that the artists are both male and female. Read more of this post

Smart Art: Present Tense Thoughts About Past Tense Future Actions

Sara Torgerson
Arts Editor

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Meyerhoff gallery pieces (Photo: Jordan Young)

On Monday, a show I have been looking forward to for quite some time finally opened in Hoffberger’s Corrin Gallery. The exhibit, Present-Tense Thoughts About Past-Tense Future Actions, is the senior project of art students Monica Mainville and Matthew Wolff. Mainville and Wolff’s work, shown side by side, makes for an interesting exhibit full of juxtaposition. Though visually the two artists work in a similar aesthetic with the use of mixed media and tones of white, grey, and black monochromes, Mainville’s art is significantly more tangible and hyper personal than Wolff’s work, which is technical, reduced, and aloof – in a good way.
Mainville’s work is comprised of black spray painted sheets of mylar, chrome picture-less frames, glass bowls of steel wool, and scrapbooks. It is dark, psychological, and largely sedentary. There is very little movement in her work, which seems to be reflective of her own personal space and her exploration of learning how to cope with trauma and emotional instability. Rather than coping, however, it is more elusive of being stuck. Given her artist’s statement, she is visually achieving her artistic goals.
Wolff’s pieces all rely on a sense of movement, from a close-up video of water, to large white balloons frenetically bouncing over fans on cinder blocks to a “big-brother-esk” circuit of TVs that recorded the movements of people throughout the gallery. As a whole, the art is energetic, exciting, and completely removed. Unlike Mainville’s work, which is clearly introspective, Wolff’s works seems less about himself and how the viewer sees him, but instead, how he views the world around him.
The show will be on view until Friday and is definitely worth a peak. The artists’ works compliment one another in their various contradictions and illustrate the clear dichotomy and duality of everyday life between public and private.

Dance Review: 2014 Goucher Repetory Dance Ensemble

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

The weekend of April 11, the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble performed its biannual concert, which

Students performing in Goucher College Repertory Dance Ensemble (Photo: Cuong Huy Nguyen)

Students performing in Goucher College Repertory Dance Ensemble (Photo: Cuong Huy Nguyen)

featured both ballet and modern dance. The theme of the performance was Past and Present, and therefore showcased performances that represented a variety of time periods throughout dance.
“Bournonville Divertissements,” a classical ballet piece en pointe, was originally choreographed in the 1800’s, and was staged by guest artist Nilas Martins. Julia Larcenaire ’16, who was in the piece, says “it’s always a wonderful experience to be in a residency with the guest artists.” Larcenaire was in other pieces as well, but “had the most fun onstage in ‘Bournonville Divertissements’ [because] it was quite different from the contemporary ballet works that we usually do at Goucher … [and it was] lighthearted and cheerful.” Read more of this post

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