Emotional Intelligence (A THING NOW)

You know how you have an IQ? (Of course you do, you’re reading my blog. I just needed an opening line to hook you. Keep reading.) Well, I was reading this cool book with words in it, and I found out there’s a thing called an EQ. The concept of ’emotional intelligence’ was introduced to…

Critical Authority- A DYING ART

Now, if you’re like me, or any other artist from the past since-art-was-invented, you’ve probably got a healthy distrust of authority. So, when we were covering something like ‘Critical Authority’ in lecture, I was about ready to jump ship and transfer to something I’d hate less, like a degree in being punched in the lady-nuts….

WHAT IN GODS NAME IS THE CANNON?

In every pretentious literature class I’ve ever been in, or even the non-pretentious ones, The Cannon has been mentioned. There have been multiple attempts to explain what it is, with little that makes actual sense to a person like me who speaks normal-less-big-wordy-English. So, what is the Cannon? Well, if you trace it back to…

Culture- a Shocking History

What is culture? What makes a culture? T. S. Elliot once described it as ‘That which makes life worth living’, while a young and uneducated me once called it ‘for stuck-up twats.’ But, what is it? Why is Culture so different everywhere? Culture is different from civilisation, clearly. Civilisation seems to be made up of…

Hyperrealism- ART’S ANSWER TO PHOTOSHOP

People frickin’ hate Abstract art. Artists hate abstract art. People who make abstract art mock abstract art. Hyperrealism is the manifestation of this distaste. Where the Abstract artists couldn’t ever fully paint their non-corporeal ideas, the Hyperrealists went the exact opposite route, wanting their art to be as realistic as humanly possible. Their paintings are…

The Harlem Renaissance- RACISM AND JAZZ HANDS

When was the Renaissance? During the roaring 1920s. The Harlem Renaissance, that is. Not the boring one where god was dying and everyone was losing their job because Da Vinci was gay or whatever. The Harlem Renaissance, needless to say, was not that. Instead, the Harlem Renaissance was spearheaded by the creative talents of a…

DADAISM (Art’s Answer to Itself)

Dada was not an art movement. It was an anti-art movement, specialising in the creation of art. It began as a reactionary movement, against the horrors of WWI. They perceived the evils of the war as being the result of the oppressive nature of society coming to a boil. People had killed each other on…

GERMANS CAN BE ANGSTY TOO: Expressionism

By 1890, Germany was already a country of unrest. The world was fast becoming a world of rebellion, modernism, and anxiety. The answer to all that unrest? A NEW ART MOVEMENT, OF COURSE. Expressionism followed a path paved by Van Gogh and the Impressionists. The artwork contained individualistic representations of the artists’ lives. As such,…

Impressionism (Or, WHAT REBELLION LOOKED LIKE IN THE 1800S)

The term ‘Impressionists’ was coined in 1874 by a since-forgotten critic to describe what was then a ‘scandalous’ movement. This art movement was as daring as it was different to what had come before it, and would inspire the great artistic minds of Monet and Van Gogh alike. The themes tended to be more layman-focused….

The God of Electricity- Nikola Tesla

Between 2014 and 2017, if you’d asked me who my favourite person in the world was, I’d have said Nikola Tesla. Not only was he smoking hot, probably asexual and now dead (therefore making him totally out of my league), but he was also a genius, a vegetarian, he believed women were the superior gender,…

The Awesomeness that is Frank O’Hara

If you’re like most people, you probably hated doing poetry in school. Why the fuck would the writer say the sky was blue because the parrot was sad? What sense does that make?