Matthew Quick: Accidental EmpiresAn award-winning artist Matthew Quick is known for conceptual realism – that means stuff that looks like it actually is, but makes you.
What were once street lights lights become a highway to another dimension.
The Treehouse is thrilled to announce that our very first class (ever) has SOLD OUT!!!
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and of course you can still register for a variety of other classes in Acting, Scene Study, Improvisation, Shakespeare, Monologues, Viewpoints, Vocal Technique, Modern Dance, Contact Improv, Theatrical Clowning, Viewpoints, and MORE!
Thursday, Sept 2, ~7:30
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Register for classes in Acting, Scene study, Improvisation, Shakespeare, Monologues, Viewpoints, Vocal Technique, Modern Dance, Contact Improv, Theatrical Clowning, Viewpoints, and MORE!
GIFs can often feel like a visual vortex, an infinite loop of pixelated madness, sucking you closer and closer to your laptop’s screen. One artist is taking that sensation to its logical extreme, as his GIFs intentionally strive to suck viewers into a digital whirlpool, comprised of uncanny imagery such as ears, vegetables, and cat eyes.
Polish artist Feliks Tomasz Konczakowski is a self-described “unpolished visual artist who probably comes from Mars.” His Tumblr is piled high with GIFs and images that can feel hypnotic (or nauseating), depending on how long you gaze into his Photoshopped abysses.
A new selection of photographs both dark, poetic and surreal by Diggie Vitt, a young American photographer uses her camera and masterful photo manipulation to create otherworldly scenes of strange beauty.
Now based in Los Angeles. We already talked about his work with “Flame and Gravity – 21 Photographs by Diggie Vitt“. Diggie Vitt has just completed a 365 Project, in which he created a new photograph a day during a whole year…
Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.
The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions, and computers.
The UCLA researchers studied two groups of sixth-graders from a Southern California public school. One group was sent to the Pali Institute, an outdoor education camp in Running Springs, Calif., where the kids had no access to electronic devices.
For the other group, it was life as usual. At the beginning and end of the 5-day study period, both groups of kids were shown images of nearly 50 faces and asked to identify the feelings being modeled.
Researchers found that the students who went to camp scored significantly higher when it came to reading facial emotions or other nonverbal cues than the students who continued to have access to their media devices.
"We were pleased to get an effect after five days," says Patricia Greenfield, a senior author of the study and a distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA. "We found that the kids who had been to camp without any screens but with lots of those opportunities and necessities for interacting with other people in person improved significantly more."
If the study were to be expanded, Greenfield says, she’d like to test the students at camp a third time – when they’ve been back at home with smartphones and tablets in their hands for five days.
Take a break from your screens and be better improvisers / artists
(after you read this post and article, of course)
Enchanting Ballpoint Pen Art by Ler huang
Taiwan based artist Ler Huang creates these experimental drawings with just using a ballpoint pen. Her drawing mainly focuses on fashion illustrations, and female models. The main part of her art is transitions in subjects and geometry usage in her compositions. The illustrated figures look very realistic and I like how she layers the characters by using different colors. Check out the Ler Huang’s outstanding artwork.
From the Desk of Rob Reese:
Executive Dude at This Theater, New York City
When I took on my new position at This Theater, well nigh half a fortnight ago, (really it seems like just last week) I was delighted with the prospect of Abbotine and Costellian conversations forced out of the description…