Tod Mrozinski: Artists Voice
Todd Mrozinski acquired his BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1997 where he was the recipient of a Frederick Layton Scholarship and attended The New York Studio Program. He has a plethora of work mostly depicting things from everyday life and nature in his stylistic manner. My favorite series is his Shadow Paintings series as it had a lot of expression of warmth and wonder. The watercolor series and etchings make such lively vibrant landscapes that look as if the winter is just as alive as the spring and summer. Through looking at his work and writing, he has a keen eye for placing things within a space in an arctic manner that reads both light, placement, and mood all altogether work brings a lifelike glow to life upon whatever medium he uses. Which you can see in his review of “The Phillips Collection” where he reviews the work of European masters and how they played with light, texture, and colors to create riveting moody paintings. He has an interesting way of thinking of landscapes and how the material works in relation to what he is viewing. For example “As I walked through the tall grasses of Fellenz Woods I thought about etching, about the quivering line that happens when a metal point glides through a black painted ground into a copper plate. In many ways, etched lines mimicked these hardy plants and grasses, flexible and flowing with a hint of stiff resistance. With each step the soft damp ground underfoot felt like thick German paper, soaked, blotted and prepared for printing. “ (https://awealthofnature.org/todd-mrozinski-artist-in-residence-at-fellenz-woods/ )
In his article with Urban Miwlaukee, Tod describes the paintings within the show almost as if he would describe or view his own work. His descriptions are observant of the artist's technique and how it plays into the mood of his work. He would describe one piece as “The variety of brushstrokes seems to be responding to the conversation they are having; each woman is painted with mysterious features that emerge and dissolve depending on your distance from the piece.” (https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2020/02/18/visual-art-the-power-of-great-paintings/ )creating relation between the technique of strokes within the artist's hands being visual to the position and mood of the overall painting. I find his style of writing engaging and almost mystical, perfect for getting a viewer engaged in other wise classical works that not most find interest in. As someone that works at Milwaukee Art Museum most people find it beautiful but also quite boring and oftentimes don't come for our european collections, often they opt for Georgia Okeefe(she gets her own genre with how many people ask for her collection), expressionist, and modern works. I have always found that the European Galleries held work that was masterfully done and as a painter found great appreciation for it. The way Tod wrote this article has widened my appreciation and I'm sure at the time, did the same for many others.
This website though has around three tabs feels very overstuffed with information. Alongside the over-stuffing the placement of the information is off putting as the rows are off centered and scrunched together, it’s a large jumble of information both AD’s and articles. This is mostly an issue entering its home page but less so when you look at certain tabs specifically the city guides. I do think they have good length articles, ending before I get bored with the topic. It also has a plethora of information on Milwaukee and all of it is relevant to enjoying the city and finding things to do.
I personally love the printed version of the shepherd express, but as for the website not as much. Though as you scroll the information is organized fine. But in the home tabs there are far too many that even some of them could easily be combined. I also think the support for the sheppard button is overdone.
This website has a lot more of a modern design with quadrants to organize its work which I do enjoy. I feel like the smaller images on the other hand make me less likely to use the website. I personally use the images to choose what articles I read first.
I really like their logo, the typeface used is pretty. But the website has a weird setup for a news site, though I know it's a magazine I feel as if the website is still more commonly used for news. It is a clean magazine style website though. I also feel like the tabs can be simplified, this seems like a common issue amongst the websites with paired print publication. My guess is that they would like to keep the same tabs on the website as they do inside of the printed publications.
The Milwaukee Courier website is probably my favorite so far due to its readability, it's straight to the point with the articles organized in the constant scroll. I will say that the tab names are sort of weird to me in a sense that they are not tabs I would normally look into. But interesting nonetheless.
The typefaces used on this website makes the website feel overpacked with information. Plus the large lack of imagery paired with the website's formatting. Makes the website a lot harder to read and engage with its information.
Easy to navigate but still far to many tabs that can be combined.
Essence Vrs Teen Vogue
For teen vogue I feel as if it has a fairly simple site, I like the simplified tab breakdown in comparison to essence magazine. But as for essence they have me captured more due to its contents and how it represents people of color specifically. I chose to do my comparisons on a combination of the stylistic qualities of the website and the way they depict specifically BIPOC people and opinions. Essence is a black owned and focused magazine, it constantly has the voice of black women while teen vogue has a combination of voices typically white ones.
One thing I think teen vogue is doing great is oftentimes they are using their articles to speak on the positives within the black community as well as real issues we may face, offering space to interview people involved as well as just allowing black people to create the articles. But also a few articles struck me as unnecessary and completely lacking a black voice for example one article was named https://www.teenvogue.com/story/jack-harlow-cover-june-2022
Giving an artist named Jack Harlow who many black people see as a culture vulture and having weird tendencies with how his entire career is predatory towards black women. A voice to speak on these topics is something I would never see any black woman or man wanting to hear/see. More or less we also don't really care about what he has to say overall. Essence would never give Jack Harlow a platform as black women would probably speak about it poorly and find it tone def to what the platform is about. So though teen vogue vogue does a great job majority of the time in articles and representations, it can also fall on deaf ears at times due to the lack of black ownership.
You will find the Jack Harlow story and many more about a multitude of problematic faces on the culture section of Teen Vogue. Rarely criticizing them and more giving voices to people that we quite frankly don't want to hear from or about. As for essence they report on things that has more cultural relevance such as the fight for the future of black media (https://www.essence.com/celebrity/viola-davis-thuso-mbedu-the-woman-king/ ) and the cultural impact of certain black media (https://www.essence.com/celebrity/zazie-beetz-atlanta-final-season/ ) both of which are of an actuarial culture. While teen Vogue uses culture as an overhand for reports on things I would beg to differ as culture such as Stranger things spin offs ( https://www.teenvogue.com/story/stranger-things-star-maya-hawke-would-do-anything-for-a-robin-steve-spinoff-with-joe-keery ). Overall I see a stark difference in voice between the two websites and though one tries to be diverse. It falls short in the space of comparison to real culturally diverse publications.
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