The Charming Incongruities of Kevin Barnes, Pictures of You, Walé Oyéjidé
20 years on, Kevin Barnes is as much an enigma to those close to him as he is to his fans. Long before selfies, commissioned portraits provided a way to shape one's public image. Designer Walé Oyéjidé is on a mission to help all men unleash their inner fashionisto.
Sugar Tongue Slim, Bruce Metcalf, Fear of the Known
For STS, wordplay is a way of life. Master fine art jeweler Bruce Metcalf refuses to use traditional metals and gems in his work. For generations, the early 20th century American writer H.P. Lovecraft has been terrifying readers.
The Ghetto Potter, Changing Minds about Changing Climate, Gerald Busby’s Lust for Life
Potter Roberto Lugo, climate change-themed art, composer Gerald Busby.
Under Pressure, The Jazz Sensibilities of Moe Brooker, The Nature of Art
Performance anxiety is common even among the most accomplished professionals. Moe Brooker is rightly regarded as one of the greats of American abstract painting. Brandon Ballengée’s artistic practice and scientific research share a single purpose.
Brandon Ballengée Mourns the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
Brandon Ballengée is an environmental artist, whose work highlights the impact man’s actions have on endangered species. Since 2006, he’s also been memorializing extinct animals through his ongoing series, “The […]
A Place at the Table, Tap into America, Music with Teeth
Woodworker Mira Nakashima, tap dance as an American art form, the music of Roomful of Teeth.
Michelle Dorrance on Aging, Improvising, and the Physical Demands of Tap
Tap superstar Michelle Dorrance has split the difference between the athletic and the aesthetic paths forged by her parents: a professional ballet dancer and a World Cup winning women’s soccer coach.
Why Google Doodles Matter
It all began as a simple “out of office” message. On August 30, 1998, as Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin set off to attend Burning Man, their website’s […]
Why Boredom is Good For You
By: Kevin McElvaney The modern world is, in many ways, a miracle. Most of us carry around amazing little devices that connect us not just to endless sources of information […]
Photogenic Ruins: The Hidden Truth Behind Abandoned Buildings
by: John-Paul Yunque America’s buildings are changing. As labor industries have become automated, warehouses, factories, and plants have shut down. Alongside them, asylums have become obsolete, as our healthcare system […]
Is Nostalgia Destroying the Environment?
From reboots of iconic television shows and movie franchises to anniversary tours for classic albums, the past is very much a part of our present. This nostalgia fixation is also […]
Stuffed Full of Art
By: Kevin McElvaney The mere mention of the word “taxidermy” is enough to make some people squirm. But when it’s done right, the practice of preserving dead animals for display […]
The Purpose Behind the Pose
Fashion models are those impossibly gorgeous people who appear almost bored by their own fabulousness. This seemingly effortless beauty is actually designed to frustrate consumers, who go to great lengths […]
Video Game Soundtracks for Your Real Life
By: John-Paul Yunque Like a film score, video game music is intended to immerse the player (or viewer) in the present. If not for a composer’s hand lending aural intensity […]
5 Unlikely Stories Behind Music’s Most Influential Independent Labels
By: Kevin McElvaney Good news for aspiring musicians: it’s never been easier to record music and make it available to the masses. Thanks to the cost-effectiveness of digital distribution – […]
8 Tasty Art and Music Pairings
Music and visual art enjoy a harmonious relationship that dates back centuries. Classic compositions have moved many an artist to put paint to canvas, from Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky to Henri Matisse and Georgia O’Keefe. Conversely, beloved […]
Alex Orgera on DIY Cameras, Old Methods, and the Importance of Surprise
In 2015, Alex Orgera co-founded The Halide Project, an organization dedicated to preserving photographic practices both new and old. One of these methods, called pinhole photography, involves puncturing a hole […]
Great Globes of Fire
Professional glassblowers work for years at their craft, learning how to shape and mold dangerously hot materials into something not just recognizable, but often beautiful. Nikolaj Christensen takes us behind […]