A Glance at Rocky Ho Rocky is a 22 year old Illustration Senior who is native to the Milwaukee Area but has moved to West Allis in the last year. He enjoys concept art that expands into character design and world-building. This niche interest in his illustrative-centered world is key to his further career path interests. In his free time, Rocky enjoys logging into the Metaverse and enjoys socializing through VR. He also enjoys dabbling in various video games and PC games.
These Buildings Were Demolished for Soulless Surface Parking Spaces Jason Dowell This opinion piece on the demolition of historic Milwaukee buildings sheds light on the aesthetically harmful look of the building's replacement: parking-lot space. Dowell goes into detail about numerous different examples of this through supplying visual evidence along with a personal description of how he feels about each demolition.
The depth in Dowell's thinking goes deep into the overall mood and feeling of Milwaukee. He "believes density also enhances privacy -- That visual control is a policing thing. When you have all these open spaces, the city becomes a panopticon, where you can see everything all at once." (Dowell) While this is an opinion, I feel as though it's a valid point to bring up when dissecting the new aesthetic of Milwaukee. Cities offer privacy through looming building after building making people feel almost protected and hidden. Without these rows of buildings, people feel exposed and uncomfortable making them lean away from the soul reason why they moved to a city.
You can really sense the care in Dowell's writing voice when he uses passionate descriptors like "surface lots form the black holes of a city’s soul." (Dowell) The passion in this topic is so strong that he gets almost poetic with his writing. The way he expresses his concern is quite compelling.
Overall, Dowell uses visual evidence and informative/convincing writing to properly convey his concern for the future of Milwaukee's city aesthetic.
The Power of Great Paintings Todd Mrozinski is a fine artist MIAD alum who graduated in the spring of 1997. Mrozinski primarily dabbles in natural realism, as seen in his portfolio site. It's no surprise Mrozinski would take such a liking to the MAM show of European masterworks because a lot of his work mirrors the happenings of each painting he finds alluring. He describes the piece "A Bowl of Plums" by Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin in such a delicate way. He carefully uses adjectives with such specific gravity to the painting making his perceptions of the piece profound, accurate, and dissected.
The attention to "The texture of the canvas itself creates the illusion of soft peach fuzz. Four precisely placed yellow brushstrokes build the brightest color of the fruit to create the illusion of plumpness." (Mrozinski) creates such a conscious and specific observance of the piece. The way he can so easily point out these subtleties is most likely because his work has mirrored these nuances for many years.
He sees himself in these little details making the physical analysis of the piece so much more accurate.
https://www.npr.org/2022/09/12/1122375097/space-exploration-jfk-we-choose-the-moon-speech NPR - How space exploration has changed, 60 years since JFK's 'We Choose the Moon' speech This article explains the new space age is emerging and compares it to the state of space exploration from the 1960s. The US has put a holt on space missions, the last one being in 1972, and switched focus to mars-centered missions. These missions were mostly rover drop-offs. However, This article informs us about the Artemis Space Camp set to launch in 2029. This mission will allow astronauts to remain on the moon for a whopping 2 months! The article also touches on the most recent mars breakthroughs. This article was brief and matter-of-fact. I really enjoy short articles that still inform me about the current space era (or anything else for that matter). The article was also very unbiased and fact-based. While space is not really a controversial topic on its own, I'm still grateful to read the facts.
https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/new-dining-associated-bank-river-center OnMilwaukee - New riverfront bar, dining concepts coming to Associated Bank River Center This article describes the exciting new riverfront bar looking over the river in downtown Milwaukee. This exciting addition to the city includes floor to ceiling windows overlooking the river along with a clean, sleek, and modern 3D rendered floor plan directly designed from Rinka. They also describe all the fancy food the space will be offering, making my mouth DROOL. The article describes all sorts of attractive advancements that sets it apart from other classic Milwaukee spaces. The space is described in a very upscale and exciting way, hyping it up as the future hot spot of downtown. While this article is informing us about a new Milwaukee space, they are still riddled with opinions and primary quotations. This type of article is astronomically different than the NPR article in a ton of various ways. To start, the articles are listed under different genres; one being "space/science" and the other "food/restaurants". Space and science demand facts in an informative and matter-of-fact manner while restaurant announcements/reviews demand opinions and excitement. The restaurant article utilized direct quotations from the owners of the new space to legitimize the article while the space article just used facts to communicate the relevance.