THE ART ISSUE
Get SchooledStudent Artists Past & Present Word Art
FeaturingCORE Dance CompanyInternet ArtArt of the Mix
DECEMBER 2013 l A PUBL ICAT ION OF THE RED & BLACK
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Growing up in a city mostly devoid of culture (except for the lucky ones who had an innate desire to create), coming to Athens was eye opening for me, and opened my mind to the potential for art in unexpected places.
When you think about it, Athens is kind of like one huge art gallery, home to some of the most talented, inspiring people in the southeast.
But its not just the Athenian product thats inspiring; the producers themselves are works of art as well. Thats what weve tried to capture in this issue.
Art can, of course, mean different things to different people, so we asked around town what the word conveys to you (pg. 5). While some may believe that art in the classical sense of the word is obsolete, others would argue differently (pg. 4), and like anything else, that it is changing to adapt to the modern world (pg. 22). Its no surprise that professionals compose a major part of the art scene in the Classic City, but students play an influential role as well (pg. 6), some of whom came here with very different pursuits in mind. Whether college has helped them to articulate the words (pg. 20) or the movements (pg. 24) to express themselves, many students find their artistic strengths in college. And, even if youre not pursuing a degree in the arts, its important to remember the little things you dolike the way you wear your favorite coat (pg. 12) or the way you prepare your signature cocktail (pg. 18)make you an artist.
What does art mean to you? What inspires the aesthetic in your home, wardrobe, music taste, or dinner plans? Share with us on Twitter @ampersand_uga or facebook.com/ampersand.uga, or tag us in an Instagram @ampersand_uga.
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Managing EditorLori Keong
Creative EditorGina Yu
Senior EditorKate Delvin
Design EditorHannah Fabian Bailey
Asst. Design EditorJG Ginsburg
Photo EditorKristyn Nucci Music Editor
Will Guerin Fashion Editors
Meredith Thornhill Marua Kouninska
Online EditorGrace Donnelly
Copy Editor Stephen Mays
Contributing WritersAllie Amato
Daniel Funke Abi Lambert
Stephen Mays Sapna Mistry
Diondra Powers Claire Ruhlin
Elizabeth Vogan Fashion Team
Ersta Ferryanto Surina Harjani
Maria Kouninska Meredith Thornhill
PhotographersEmily DardamanErsta Ferryanto
Penn Hansa Alex Laughlin Kristyn Nucci
Ben Rouse Nick Seymour
Emily Schoone Design Team
Hannah Fabian Bailey Abbey Boehmer Michelle Caudill
JG Ginsburg Sarah Jon
Abi Lambert Mandy Le
Maddie Shae Carson Shadwell
Mary Sommerville Killian Wyatt
Dan Roth Creative Assistants
Christine Byun Victoria Nikolich Bennett Travers
General ManagerNatalie Mcclure
Editorial AdvisorEd Morales
Asst. Editorial AdvisorErin France
Promotions DirectorAllie Amato
Office ManagerAshley Oldham
Distribution ManagerWill Sanchez
EXECUTIVE EDITOR Stephanie Talmadge
Cover Illustration by Mandy Le
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4 ............ Cartooning Around
5 ............ Art Actually
6 ............ Get Schooled
12 .......... Cover Up
18 .......... Behind Bars
20 .......... Talk Pretty
PHOTO BY ANNA PENCE
Cover Illustration by Mandy Le
22 .......... Flashing Lights
24 .......... Universal Lines
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CARTOON BY LAWSON CHAMBERS
As a North Indian Classical Dancer, there is no better feeling than putting on my ghungroos (bells that are worn around the ankles), getting on stage, and performing the piece that Ive been perfecting for months for the audience. Art holds a different importance in everyones life. We asked people around the Athens community to see what part art plays in their lives.
to AtheniansBY SAPNA M I STRY
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ILLUSTRATION BY CARSON SHADWELL
Interacting with art is an experience that allows us to create connections with others using a visual language. I especially enjoy helping others engage with works of art to understand the personal impact that art can have on us.
Carissa DiCindio, Curator of Education, Georgia Museum of Art
To me, art is a way in which I can freely express myself. There is no right or wrong as to how something should be played, as long as it sounds aesthetic to the ear. As a percussionist, I enjoy interpreting various com-positions by portraying the poetry of them when I play. Art is simply a way in which an artist can speak without necessarily using words.
Tarika Dhalmia, Tabla Player
Dance is my outlet. It is the venue through which my soul speaks. It is me, and I am it. It soothes and exhilarates! It challenges and motivates! It is where mind and body come as one. It is where I find my true self. An expression of life through movement. From triumphs to struggles, dance is and forever will be a part of me.
Bobby Leitmann, UGA Ballroom Dance Club
To me, art is a language. It is used to communicate to an audiences thoughts, feelings or ideas that words often cannot express. My whole life feels artistic... from my studies to what I am wearing.... its all a visual stimulant for me.
Erin Nortathomas, Singer (Vocal Percussionist for UGA Noteworthy)
Art is the universal language. Artists from the past speak to us today, and I speak to people currently through art. However, artwork goes beyond language and culture: Its timeless.
Stan Mullins, Owner of Stan Mullins Art Studio
A lot of artists would say art is for yourself. It has to be this back and forth. But I absolutely care what people say about my work, beca use it helps me, and its very encouraging to get good remarks about my cocktails. Its a combination of both. Art is this thing that can pull us away from real life for a minute or inspire us or make us see things in other perspectives. Jimmy Rowalt, Highwire Lounge Bartender
What does art mean to you? Tell us @ampersand_uga
It means everything, it is everything. Its maintaining a relationship or being a nice dude. Everything non-essential to survival, what we do in our down time, so it means everything. It gives us a point even if its pointless. Jon Miller, Hand Sand Hands (Band)
Draw(n( To ArtTheres much more to the Lamar Dodd School of Art than painting and drawing. Some students that wind up there, though, came to the University of Georgia with different intentions but found themselves drawn to producing art when their other pursuits didnt feel quite right. Lucky for Athenians, those students made the switch, and we reap the benefits of their unconven-tional artistic accomplishments.
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PHOTOS BY NICK SEYMOUR
Not Your Ordinary Pillows
Emily Newdow spent her days working at a cubicle in Atlanta and had no idea how to operate a sewing machine only three years ago. Since then, she has moved to Athens and launched Stitch 9, her own line of quirky, handmade pillows that she sells through her online shop and at local stores Community and Doma.
Newdow initially ventured into the craft after she thrifted her first sewing machine from the Salvation Army for $25 and buckled down to teach herself the basics.
I had never done any sewing, she admits. I figured it all out myself definitely learned some better tricks on YouTube.
With their quirky designs, Stitch 9s pillows offer a refreshing contrast to their mass-produced counterparts. Newdow hand-crafts each piece from upholstery-grade fabric and adorns her creations with designs of high-fiving cats, anatomical hearts, vintage silhouettes and paper airplanes.
She first began selling her pillows at Community while still living in Atlanta after Sanni Baumgaertner, owner of Community, took notice of Newdows booth at the Indie Craft Fair.
I was trying to recruit some local artists that make beautiful things that I could sell at the store, and she was one of the people that really stood out to me at the fair, Baumgaertner says. I think the pillows were just really beautiful, and you could just tell that she had a great aesthetic, a great sense for interior design and it turns out later she actually is an interior designer.
Doma also sells Stitch 9 pillows, and Susanna Drennen, owner of both Doma and its sister shop, Suska, appreciates the distinctive style
and well-constructed quality of Newdows pillows. I like that shes got a combination of a very modern and a very retro aesthetic, Drennen says. I think the quality of the fabric and her construction technique make them special.
Newdow earned a Bachelor of Arts in interior design at UGA and worked in commercial interior design for four years in Atlanta. Her creativity continues to inform Stitch 9s design element. I just feel like theres enough people in this world that we share the same design sentiment, Newdow says. So if I really like something, somebody else out there is gonna really like it too.
Many of her design ideas are also inspired by custom orders. She came up with the high-fiving cats silhouette after a woman called in requesting a custom pillow she could give a sick friend. All I know is that she really likes cats and that she likes the color purple, the customer told Newdow.
Every Monday through Thursday night after she arrives home from her job as