Art School(ed): Aesthetes and athletes, art and basketball

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2014 has been a big year for basketball thus far. Just yesterday, BlogDailyHerald got you thoroughly jazzed for the CIT (not the building). In February, a new commissioner graced the National Basketball Association with his presence. Legend Bill Russell turned 80. 2 Chainz and some other guys had a swell time at NBA All Star Weekend in New Orleans. While none of you were watching, the RISD Balls creamed Cooper Union 56-52 in the (first ever) Art School Championship. (As they say, when the heat is on, the balls stick together.) This past Selection Sunday riveted fans once again, and Barack Obama is working hard on his bracket because he has motives this year. In the apparel department (no, not that one), NBA players and fans have been grumbling about the new sleeved jerseys for months. This season, Brown Bears women’s basketball finished with a solid overall record of 10-18, getting one more W (and one fewer L) than they did last season. Of course, the most important ballin’ has yet to come: the Harlem Globetrotters will be making a pit stop in continuing their “Fans Rule” World Tour in Providence on March 28th. I feel faint. 

If all this talk about ball(s) is revving up your creative engines, you’re not alone. It’s tough to study for your History of Ancient Greece midterm when all you can think about is how much you want to express yourself and your love for the game, and we certainly can’t spend all of our time waiting around and hoping that Shaquille O’Neal will guest-curate the next show at the RISD Museum.

Alas, if you’re feeling inspired by the saffron glow of Spalding, whip out your painting palette splattered with all of the colors of Dennis Rodman’s hair, and check out these artists who have been in your size 23, Shaq Attaq shoes, after the JUMPKazaam!

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I-Spy: Loui’s edition

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We think this tricycle might be art.

December not only brings revenue to our favorite holiday outlets, but also to our friends at Loui’s [Ed.—While its website spells it "Louis," the sign, pictured above, spells it "Loui's." We're going to go with the sign on this one], who, bless ‘em, fire up the grills and prepare eggs any way you like at 5 a.m., just in time to get you over the finals-season all-nighter hump. (Although some of us prefer the pumpkin pancakes, and wonder if anyone, ever, has ordered the fish and chips.)

While you barely may be able to keep your eyes open at that hour, you may have noticed the eclectic artwork and hangings that adorn every foot of Loui’s wall space. What you may not know is some of the history and thought behind some of the more noteworthy of these pieces. Blog took a few morning trips to Loui’s, had a look around, and sat down with Johnny—the owner and son of the legendary Louis—himself.

Our trips and learnings culminated into BlogDH’s Original Loui’s I-SPY GAME! RISD museum, ShmISD museum—the walls of Loui’s are where it’s at.

Next time you make the trip to Loui’s, see if you can spy the following artworks of interest, and comment with any other odd and delightful curios you come across! Continue Reading


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Art School(ed): A useful ranking of the Ivy League’s Henry Moore sculptures

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Hoards of reputable sources, from Business Insider to BetchesLoveThis, have mercilessly ranked the Ivy League universities, but these lists have only compared the same, yawn-worthy specifications (Student Life, Academics, Affordability, Campus, Celebrity Alumni, Location, Greek Life, etc). Can you spot the great oversight all of these useless rankings share? Yes, that’s right. None of these sites have evaluated the Ivy League based on the schools’ respective Henry Moore sculptures. How could they be so foolish to overlook such a critical criterion? Continue Reading


Did you really read Morning Mail? Free access to AS220′s 95 Empire for all Brown students

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As of October 1, Brown has joined RISD in a partnership with AS220′s 95 Empire. This partnership will allow for students to go any 95 Empire event for free (!).  All you have do is show your Brown ID, provide your name, and say “I’m with the band!”  Thank you to all parties for involved for making this goodie-attaining catchphrase sound so cool. 95 Empire is located at 95 Empire St, Providence, RI 02903. It’s not rocket science, people.

Some of you may be asking what is 95 Empire? 95 Empire is a theatre and live arts program under AS220, a local forum for the arts. According to its website, 95 Empire houses a black box theater, a dance studio, and two multipurpose spaces that houses anything from educational classes to psychic readings. Whoa. 95 Empire has a lot of events going on every week, and all of them are open to you FREE of charge. Start taking advantage of this opportunity now (it expires on June 29 of next year) because you’re with the band now.


Art School(ed): We Think Alone

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Art School(ed) is a column about all things arty (e.g., exhibits, printmakers, gouache, the Rhode Island School of Design, zines, Van Gogh, that Circle Dance sculpture made out of impenetrable tinfoil, contemporary photography, Woody Allen, etc.) penned by a real, live RISD student. 

Since July 1st, I have been receiving weekly e-mails from Lena Dunham and Kirsten Dunst. The ladies of Rodarte drop me a line every Monday as well. And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar… that guy just won’t leave me alone!

Unfortunately, these e-mails are not actually personalized for me. They are a part of Miranda July’s newest art project, where she implements e-mail as her medium of choice. July considers herself a filmmaker, an artist, and a writer. Her previous work appears in this litany of impressiveness: the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, two Whitney biennials, the Venice Biennale, The Paris Review, Harper’s, The New Yorker, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival. Swoon.

July’s e-mail project, entitled We Think Alone, compiles personal e-mails penned by people in the public eye. Each week, this collection of e-mails is curated according to a theme. Past themes include: an e-mail that mentions Barack Obama, a business e-mail, an e-mail to your mom, an e-mail that includes a dream you had, an e-mail with art in it, an e-mail about what you’re working on, an e-mail you decided not to send, an e-mail that includes a photo of yourself, and an e-mail with the phrase ‘I love you’ in it. Continue Reading


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Art School(ed): Spotlight on Zio Ziegler

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Art School(ed) is a column about all things arty (e.g., exhibits, printmakers, gouache, the Rhode Island School of Design, zines, Van Gogh, that Circle Dance sculpture made out of impenetrable tinfoil, contemporary photography, Woody Allen, etc.) penned by a real, live RISD student.

Ever wonder what the story is behind Brickway on Wickenden’s kaleidoscopic walls? It all started at the behest of one guy with an alliterative name and a soft spot for breakfast food. Zio Ziegler, who studied at both RISD and Brown, dined at Brickway multiple mornings per week before class, and could not quite jibe with the primary colored walls of the restaurant. He arranged a trade with the Brickway staff: he would paint the restaurants’ walls in his signature style in exchange for free pancakes. The Brickway we know today is the product of one month of Zio Ziegler’s junior year, when he painted those psychedelic walls every evening after class until the wee hours of the morning.

 Zio Ziegler, a Mill Valley, California native, majored in Painting at RISD and graduated in 2010. Ziegler is the crazy hybrid of Picasso and Keith Haring with Haring’s itch for spray paint and Picasso’s penchant for murals. This dude’s free-spirited public art knows no bounds: it can be spotted on temporary walls, on Porsches, on the skate ramps of this past summer’s Vans US Open of Surfing, and on the walls of Facebook’s Headquarters. The guy paints any found object he can get his hands on. He painted a mural in one day in Vegas, in preparation for upcoming “Life is Beautiful” music festival, and you can peep his process. Hella cool. Continue Reading