Adventures at RISD: Open Studios (Part Two)

Armed with my map/sticker sheet as well as Blog buddy, Sarah Campbell ’19, I was ready to continue the RISD Open Studios adventure on Friday which showcased nine different majors. Although we originally went for the art, there were a lot non-art related things that kept us there.

Furniture at Metcalf:

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While not necessarily functional, the furniture at open studios was gravity defying, thought provoking, and really freaking cool. After a solid 10 minutes of art appreciating, we continued to stay for the party in the studio loft, complete with twinkle lights, and a pancake bar. Yes, that’s right, a fully stocked pancake bar with fruit, Nutella, whipped cream, and nuts. Furniture pulled out all the stops to woo people to their department. Also, let’s not forget the sticker. The sticker was a naked human body, but instead of a head, a chair. Odd, yes. But definitely dope.

Sculpture at Metcalf:

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These seniors were shameless in promotion. They rode down the halls of the other studios in Metcalf on a rolling cart decked out in metallic welding suits (and not much else) shouting at everyone to come to their party. And that was no lie. To entice prospective RISD freshmen, Sculpture straight up threw a party, complete with a DJ, two people commissioned to dance on a table permanently, and flashing lights. Your very own Blog ambassadors joined in on the fun, and wished deep down we went there. We also definitively appreciated the rather provocative dancing to “Who Let the Dogs Out” while an actual dog walked through the studio club.

Ceramics at Metcalf:
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While we are plenty sure the art was amazing, to be honest, we don’t remember anything except for the fact that there was kiln pizza. Now, what is kiln pizza? It is exactly what it sounds like. Seniors created pizza (and not just boring old pizza, but fancy pizza with prosciutto and arugula) that was fired in their kiln. To top it off, marshmallows were roasted in a mini-kiln as a quick dessert.   

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Adventures at RISD: Open Studios (Part One)

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To some, Senior Open Studios is a way to decide on a major. To others – namely, me – it’s a fun way to see some cool art and get closer to our artsy neighbors. Plus, there were stickers to collect at each station.

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The first night, Thursday, November 5th, showcased seven different majors: printmaking, textiles, painting, apparel, industrial design, interior architecture, and architecture. I unfortunately did not make it to apparel, textiles, or interior design, all of which my partner-in-crime and I deemed “too far.”

The showcases that I did make it to all shared one theme: my longing to suddenly develop an exceptional talent that would impress RISD enough to admit me. Goodbye Brown, it’s not you, it’s me.

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The first of my showcases was printmaking, which had a heaven and hell theme. In hell (also known as the second floor), I met Sarah RISD ’16, self described as an obsessive and intense worker, who used to be a ceramics student who switched over to printmaking because of the “meticulous nature of the craft.” I also met Oliver Dewey RISD ’16, whose work is based mostly on escapism, using fantasy to retreat. Check out his work at his website. Then, I made my way upstairs to heaven, where I was instantly greeted with a gold pipe cleaner halo to wear as I wandered the studio. I met Caroline Robinson RISD ’16 whose stunning work is inspired by female anatomy and depersonalization. Her work can be found here.

Sticker score: Strong. Unlike other studios, they had a variety of stickers to choose from, all revolving around the theme including Victoria’s Secret angels and devil’s food cake.

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Local apple crisp, focaccia, and Harvest Fest! Oh my!

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Craving local food that rivals your home cooking? Head to Harvest Fest at Andrews Commons, going on right now until 9:00 p.m.! Thanks to Assistant Manager, Bobby Noyes, and the other culinary geniuses of Brown University Dining Services, you’ll be instantly tantalized by the great colors, smells, and of course, tastes, of a fall feast boasting a menu that is not only absolutely delicious, but also very local.

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Although extremely different from the BLT grinders I eat weekly (which are probably definitely going to give me heart disease by graduation), the food is especially not to be missed. For two meal credits, you can get Cider Brined Statler Chicken Breast with Local Portuguese Sausage Stuffing and House Made Piri Piri Hot Sauce, Fried Wild Rice with Soy Butter Mushrooms, Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Sriracha Sauce and Fresh Cilantro, and the Local Apple Crisp with Creme Anglaise.

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Oh and let’s not forget the Hoisin Porter Braised Beef Short Ribs with Roasted Parsnips & Yams, Sautéed Butternut Squash, Harvest Focaccia, and Kale, Barley, Poached Pear, Feta, and Cherries tossed with white Balsamic Dressing. Basically, the whole menu is worth your time. What else do you have to do? Study for midterms?

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Before devastation

 

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After.

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RISD Craft 2015: A few of my favorite things

This past Saturday, Benefit Street hosted RISD Craft 2015, an exhibition of both alumni and current students’ work. It was cool, artsy, and well attended by cute dogs, making the terrible walk back uphill worth it. There were over 100 artists at the fair, so in case you didn’t make it, or in case you did but were overwhelmed by the cute dogs, here are a few artists not to be missed.

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Tyler the Creator has a pair of these amazing kicks and you can get them too! Vaughan Carman, a sophomore double majoring in apparel and print making, takes plain white shoes and then draws repetitive patterns on them, giving them an aesthetic that echoes Keith Haring and Zio Ziegler’s. Distinctively colorful, you can’t help but be mesmerized by the pattern’s lively movement despite them being unmoving 2D designs on canvas shoes. Where can you find him? Check out his Instagram: Vaughan_Carman or his behanceWhat’s next for him? He will be working on a London O’Connor music video as well as continuing work on murals.

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On the complete opposite side of the artistic spectrum is M.Benjamin Herndon, a student working towards his MFA in printmaking. Self described in one word as “quiet,” Herndon’s art is breathtaking. The prints draw their influence from a variety of sources– German Romanticism, the minimalism of the 60’s and 70’s, and traditional Japanese art– yet they share a kind of cohesion. They’re haunting, smoky, and hard to turn away from. The juxtaposition of airiness and shadows culminates in an etherial and hypnotic way. In the end, the prints are just really cool. Where can you find him? His website! What’s next for him?  Look forward to some upcoming exhibitions this spring.

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Frosh-cessities: How to avoid getting sick

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There are several facts of life that everyone must accept. For example, death is inevitable and college students can be–and are–gross. From the latter stems a great problem: the epidemic of flus and colds at Brown. For those of you who are specifically avoiding the post hook-up cold, Blog has you covered here. For those of you who refuse to get sick, or those who are refusing to believe you are actually sick, here are a few tips.

1. Get your flu shot.

Health Services will be offering free flu shots for students starting on October 14. They will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in the lower level of Faunce.

2. Avoid Keeney at all costs.

Keeney is a swarming hub of germs. To be fair, it can’t be blamed. There are a lot of people in tight quarters and soap isn’t always stocked. So, to play it safe, avoid Keeney. Don’t worry if you live there, though! BlogDH has already listed the warmest places to hide. I strongly recommend the mysterious vents in front of Bio-Med.

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99 Problems, But a Bench Ain’t One: A Ranking of the RISD Museum’s benches

The RISD museum is dedicated to curating the best art for scholarly study and inspiration. But let’s be honest, becoming cultured is hard, hard work and sometimes you need a quick break on a bench between the Asian Textile Collection and the Charles Pendleton House. And because Brown students are already absurdly overinvolved, I have done all the work and ranked the most cush for your tush on a scale that considers both aesthetic appeal and heinie happiness comfort.

1. The Black Bench in the Lobby

It’s not hard to be apathetic to the minimalist Black Bench because it is like any other bench: not particularly comfortable or aesthetically pleasing. With no backrest, the potential to touch someone’s sweaty back is just too high and that is never a good start to artistic enlightenment. Aesthetic Score: pallets that hold paper towels at Costco, 2/10.

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2. Jim Drain’s Untitled

The aesthetic appeal of a bench that has taken on the color scheme of early 2000’s Nicklelodeon is undeniably 10/10. However, it should come as no surprise that a bench comprised only of handrails is not at all comfortable. Stay just long enough for an Instagram photo. Valencia or Amaro, is recommended.

 

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