Monthly Archives: February 2014

Mini San Francisco Art City Guide

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

SF Art City Guide Ed

A few weeks ago I decided that I needed to go somewhere. Where I really wanted to go was New York or Europe (I know, pretty stereotypical..) but there was no way my student budget would allow it. So I decided that I will go somewhere on the west coast of the States, far enough away that it’s different but close enough that it’s cheap. The cheapest tickets ended up being to San Francisco, so off I went. Continue reading

Education Art, or: Ceci n’est pas Bavaria

by Jason Smythe

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I have a confession to make: Initially, I was, mistakenly, not very impressed by Fröbel Fröbeled, the current exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery. I thought the artist, Aurélien Froment, spent too much time using photography to recreate idyllic 19th century landscapes and was starting to think that Fröbel was German for “I have a 19th century Bavaria fetish.” As I did not expect to be viewing such an exhibit I started to become disappointed. However, thank God/the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I stuck with it and it eventually dawned on me that Froment did not have a strange Bavarian landscape fetish but, in reality, was showing us how the education system shapes our perception of things, with a particular focus on nature, knowledge, and culture. And let me tell you, the result is brilliant. Continue reading