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The Beautiful Still-Life Paintings of Cornelis Van Spaendonck

The Beautiful Still-Life Paintings of Cornelis Van Spaendonck

During my high-school years (and probably my freshman year in college too), I looked down upon still-lifes for being “mundane” or “unimaginative,” favoring contemporary artists over old masters. I’m glad to say that with age my love and appreciation for a painting that perfectly depicts a vase of flowers has resurfaced with a fresh and…

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“The Incal” Is the Comic-Book Predecessor to “The Fifth Element”

Science-fiction as a genre has many unique ways of exploring sociopolitical problems affecting modern society by positioning them in alternate universes, or using aliens and robots to guise the satire of some popular figure, or by anticipating the evolution of certain issues and proposing answers to them. In conclusion, sci-fi is amazing. So to find…

“Viridiana,” the Spanish-Mexican Classic Film by Luis Buñuel

If you’re not familiar with talented Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel, despite that he’s one of the most acclaimed directors in the history of the medium, it might be because his films are not what you would call “mainstream.” Unlike other past directors whose fame endures among the masses of new cinephiles given their approachable body…

Daehyun Kim's Monochromatic Drawings of Surreal Situations
Daehyun Kim’s Monochromatic Drawings of Surreal Situations

There’s something about monochromatic media that’s pleasing to the eye. Whether it’s a film, a photograph, or even a drawing, I believe the absence of color reminds us of times gone by that perhaps we never experienced. The art of Daehyun Kim, a Korean artist based in Seoul, happens to fit into that category of…

Supersubmarina:
Supersubmarina: “LN Granada”

Continuing our short tour through Spanish contemporary rock that started with Vetusta Morla’s “Maldita Dulzura,” this week the featured band is Supersubmarina. This band hails from Andalusia, the southern region of peninsular Spain, and was formed in 2005 when the members began playing together for fun, as is the case with most acts. While composing a…

Paolo Čerić's 'Single Stroke' Series
Paolo Čerić’s ‘Single Stroke’ Series

If you’ve ever seen a work of art floating around the Internet and asked yourself how it’s even possible that particular piece isn’t the new centerpiece at the MoMA, then you’ll know what I feel about Paolo Čerić’s Single Stroke Series. And yes, it’s more than one piece of art, and I might have exaggerated a little,…

Read Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka's Classic Play
Read Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s Classic Play “The Lion and the Jewel”

As a playwright I have immense appreciation for many Western classics, ranging from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, but I always felt a lack of diversity when it came to the playwrights’ nationalities. That’s why I did some research and found many worthwhile works of theater that came from non-European sources. One of them is Wole…