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?

Smart Art: Present Tense Thoughts About Past Tense Future Actions

Sara Torgerson
Arts Editor


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

Goucher students perform the Vagina Monologues

Sarah Callendar
Staff Wrtier

As the pews of the chapel filled with people, one would notice that the audience

Cast of the Vagina Monologues performing on stage in the Haebler Chapel (Photo: Nora Morgan)

Cast of the Vagina Monologues performing on stage in the Haebler Chapel (Photo: Nora Morgan)

was not a typical group of church goers. The group was compromised of mostly women and some men dispersed throughout – presumed to be boyfriends. Before the performance started, conversations sprung up about how “thank god it’s Friday,” plans for the weekend, and often conversations about their Women Studies classes, or previous performances of The Vagina Monologues. And, of course, what to expect.
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Smart Art: Everywhere you looked there was art

Sara Torgerson
Arts Editor

How can we bring art culture to the American public? It seems as though museum

Photo: Google Images

Photo: Google Images

culture is reserved for a small class of people, normally seen as elitist, and that the general public only visits museums on special occasions, or not at all. This summer, art is being brought out of the museum and to the American public.
 The New York Times reported on Sunday, April 6 that five of America’s leading museums, The Whitney in New York, the National Gallery in D.C., Chicago Institute of Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are working in collaboration with the Outdoor Advertising Association of America to exhibit reproductions of famous American works of art on billboards from coast to coast.
Museum directors and the OAAA created the project as a way to bring more people into galleries and museums as well as promote business for billboard advertising.
Each museum selected 20 iconic works from their collections to be voted on by the public at until May 7. The 50 selected pieces will be announced on June 20 and displayed in August. The option to vote helps make this project even more interactive. Not only is art moving outside the museum and reaching a general public, but it is actually chosen by the public. Americans will have curated the art we will see in the coming months. Thus, this project celebrates all that is American democracy, the right to partake in culture, and will honor the past artists who made American art great.

Post Punk with Patrick: Foreign Tongues comes to Bandcamp

Patrick Bransfield
Staff Writer

Massachusetts based indie-rockers Foreign Tongues released “Sweet Empathy

Photo: Google Images

Photo: Google Images

Leaving Me” on April 8.  The two song 7-inch, recorded and mixed by Boston’s Jay Maas, will also be available for streaming on Bandcamp. To promote “Sweet Empathy Leaving Me,” Foreign Tongues released a music video for the first of the two songs titled “Wishing Well.”
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Senior reflects on future and impact of study abroad experience.Ryan Derham Co-global Editor

Ryan Derham
Co-global Editor

It’s been over one year since I returned from studying abroad in India. I remember like it was yesterday, writing in my blog the night before my plane took off: This is my chance to go and I’m taking it. With few responsibilities midway through my college career, I didn’t have to think long about who and what I was leaving behind, I just left. Since returning, my hands have found their proper place using a knife and fork – they no longer shake. But I’m starting to forget what it meant to live in a country that is not my own, what the value of the rupee is and what the heart of India looks like.
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