During class I was randomly paired with Angel Figueroa to do a mutual interview, we discussed our art projects, using 3d as a medium, using AI for morally correct art practices, and some hobby things as well. Here's the only slightly edited audio of our interaction.
A featured article on OnMilwaukee for good reason, These buildings were demolished for soulless surface parking, consists of custom design and engaging writing by Jason McDowell. One of the aspects of this article that makes it hold more meaning than other articles (what makes it featured) is that it proposes a clear and observable issue that many might agree with and not know what to do about.
As an architecture enjoyer myself, I wholeheartedly agree with the cause of this article. Looking into the preservation of historic buildings for the purpose of residential living space and giving the city more charm, character, and intrigue is something more MKE residents should be concerned about. Backing up this claim he gives many many clear examples and briefly explains on a case by case basis of the importance and loss of these buildings, citing the architectural style and former purpose many of these unique buildings used to hold.
Valuing cars, visitors, and a quick way to make money is a bad representation of the character of Milwaukee as a whole, when people should really be able to see cared for and still used historic buildings. Some might argue it isn't even a money issues, as rennovating and renting a whole complex is one of the most profitable things a property owner can do. It might be an ideal of wanting to tear down and start fresh, but when that fresh start is used for a thin, surface level slab of concrete is when property owners really miss the mark and make the city a worse place for it.
Regarding the context of the article, OnMilwaukee is a pretty good place for it, it's a bit more serious and well-researched than the usual article, but that's why it's featured. Also, props to McDowell for organizing it in an easy to follow way, highlighting and captioning extremely helpful visuals and following a good flow of topics and additional links; inforation that all falls under the cover of the umbrella of the main issue.
If there were one thing I wish was covered more, or at least brought up in closing, is how I or any other MKE resident might help this cause. Would petitioning, protesting, or (strongly worded) letterwriting do anything to convince the property owners in question? The issue is raised but no solutions are proposed, resources/organizations linked
Todd Mrozinski. Valentine Moon. Oil on Canvas. 2012.
An author's voice is carried by the weight of their words, and a poet's by their ability to elicit feeling; tactile, emotional or otherwise. Their words grip you as you read and compel you to experience something out of reach from even the masters of visual arts. They make you an active participant of their art by influencing your imagination. Text is much like painting or drawing, it takes continuous effort and careful thought, but where it differs is instead of working with strokes of matter, you're drawing from your personal library of knowledge to find exactly what you need to write and how you need to write it.
Todd Mrozinski's writing from his artist's statement from his time at Fellenz Woods to his analysis of European masterworks display an overwhelming understanding of art, specifically etching and painting as evident on his personal site, so much so that I, being unfamiliar with some of their intricate processes, learned more about art just by reading. Mrozinski likes to bring the physicality of creation into his artistic descriptions of old masters, specifically when he is describing Paul Cezanne's artistic process in painting,
"The clay-like paint is pushed, smeared and built like the mountain, Mount Sainte-Victoire, that he would paint over 60 times in his life."
Mrozinski goes further and draws a connection in art history between Cezanne's increasingly disjointed works (c. 1880) and the Cubism movement (c. 1910). Including details on the process as well as historical significance shows as a great understanding of these works. Also to be appreciated is the analysis of lesser known artist even among some of the most well known names in painting featured in the same gallery exibition.
When it comes to major national news sites, CNN might be the first to come to mind, as it is easily accessible and widely used. I've picked an art and design centered article as they're typically pretty interesting.
Artist's mysterious 'City' in the Nevada desert open after 50 years
Notes on CNN
Polygon is the site I'll be taking a look at for entertainment and gaming news. I have an interest in writing for game journalism and have written about games for reviews, upcoming releases, and essays. Let's take a look and see if their platform would be a good fit for content like mine.
Metal: Hellsinger puts on a hell of a show
Notes on Polygon
For local publications, OnMilwaukee has been recommended. While this site's only gaming coverage revolves around the sports scene, it does occasionally offer articles for art and architecture. I've decided to take a look at an article that discusses a historical building in MKE.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Notes on OnMilwaukee