The Blog Has Moved…Finally!

27 Feb

OK, so here is the big news everybody has been waiting for! The blog has finally been moved from wordpress to our official site http://thepeel.appstate.edu. It has been a dire struggle venturing through the almost endless sea of complicated php server systems, but our web guru Keegan has finally gotten a system online where everyone on the editorial board can edit and add posts straight onto our .appstate.edu url.

To keep following our blog please go to http://thepeel.appstate.edu/blog. If your worried that you haven’t had enough time to read all of our old posts you have nothing to fear. We also put a link to our old wordpress blog where you can check out all of our past entries!

I just wanted to talk about ska.

26 Feb

I realize a lot of my posts are about music, and that is probably not the most ideal thing to be blogging about, since I am a “writer” and my “blog posts” should “be about” things like “writing” and “writing-related activities.”  Instead, I’d like to talk about music, again.

In a few minutes, I’m going to leave my apartment and go play a show with the band I was in during high school.  We were/are a ska band, or we try to be at least.  If you were living under a rock in 1997 and have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a short history:  after World War II, Jamaicans started buying American rhythm and blues records in large numbers and started playing their interpretation of it.  Eventually, as the legend goes, the hot Kingston sun was too hot to play guitar at the speed ska required, so the guitarists chilled out and the sound slowed down, eventually becoming reggae.

In the later part of the seventies and the early eighties, British teenagers began discovering the old ska records and started infusing it with punk and New Wave, and this new pseudo-genre became known as Two Tone.

In the early to mid 90s, a similar rediscovery happened in America, especially in Southern California.  These new listeners continued to fuse ska with punk, and bands like Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Catch 22 exploded in popularity in 1997.

I don’t really remember where I was going with this.  I had a point, I promise.  Ska has fallen out of favor nowadays, and I have not listened to it very much since graduating high school, but it sure is fun to play.

 

-Bryan

Linocuts and You

24 Feb

Hey you guys,

I’ve been sick for the past week and have shirked all responsibility in lieu of laying in bed with a bottle of Nyquil. Not good for productivity, I can now say. Anyways, here is something that is inspiring and for those of you that also happen to be bedridden, its also quite entertaining.

This video shows Bill Fick creating a linocut. For those not familiar, a linocut is “a design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed.”

Enjoy!

 

Kristen

Web-Comics: Art Meets Story

24 Feb

Most of us have a web-comic we love to frequent.  Come on.  Name one.  I can name several.

- XKCD

- Dinosaur Comics

- Garfield Minus Garfield

 

 

 

 

- Penny Arcade

- Cyanide & Happiness

- The Perry Bible Fellowship

These are just a few.  They are sometimes nothing more than a short joke.  But sometimes web-comics are much, much more.  They can tell a story within the art of the comic.  One of my absolute favorite comics is Minus.  Here is why:

 

Movie Night!!!!

23 Feb

Hello PEELers!

Everyone come out tonight and watch Little Shop of Horrors with The PEEL! Admission is $1, but the first ten to show up get in FREE! The movie will be showing at Greenbriar Theater in the Student Union! See you all there!

Katherine

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191462250885510



Photography :: Thinking outside of the viewfinder

21 Feb

I’m in love with photographs that go the extra step. It’s hard for me to like point and shoot photography that gives off a sickly aura of an artist that didn’t think about cropping the image, the exposure setting, did I take a black and white photo with d-max black, does it portray content thats never been seen before, etc. Suffice to say, I have a very critical eye when it comes to reviewing photo submissions.

As photo artists we have to set the mood for our contemporary culture. We need to create photos that show skill and an expertise.

Dan Mountford is a 19 year old Graphic Design student who has the “outside of the viewfinder” mentality. His double exposure photographs are modern and beautiful. There isn’t a point and shoot aura that radiates from them. You may be thinking, “He probably did all of this in photoshop.” You would be completely wrong. Dan creates his double exposure photographs in the dark room. The labor alone of creating these images is astounding!

The next time you’re thinking of going out in nature and taking photos, think to yourself, “What can I do with this photograph that no one else has ever thought of before?”

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Modern Resentment

20 Feb

Enjoying modern art can be frustrating.

Until a couple hundred years ago, fine art was considered more of a methodological craft, based in a romantic but nonetheless technical ability. Celebrated oil paintings certainly required the illumination of a creative mind, but the ability to execute one’s artistic vision required complex knowledge of the canvas, pigment, opacity, perspective, et cetera. Conversely, modern art emphasizes the conceptual, and more often than not, does not rely on these laurels.

And this is great. But it can make you angry, in an envious sort of way. Call it the, “Why Didn’t I Think of That” Effect. Or don’t, because that’s actually a very lengthy title. At any rate, I’d like to call out Holton Rower for inciting this particular brand of resentment in me. Rower works out of Manhattan, where he produces mesmerizing paintings by pouring cup after cup of acrylic paint over a pedestal. He’s probably rich. Enjoy this video of his process, if you possess the serenity.

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