Archive for March, 2015

  • Artist in Exile: Rhonda Zwillinger: The life of an art refugee

    Mar 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio7,211 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté What would it take for you to move from New York City — or Los Angeles or Miami — to Paulden, Arizona? If you know the characterizations of Prescott and its more, uh, rustic neighbors to the north, you have a sense of the shock that would befall a city gal stopping in Paulden’s Pink Store her first time expecting Gauloises and a Times. Now what would you imagine it’d take for an internationally-accomplished, gallery-represented, celebrity-collected feminist East Village artist to do just that? Sell her million-buck co-op and up-and-leave for the dusty, prickly-pear and goat head ridden, summer-sizzlin’, mobile-home-livin’ barrens of Paulden, a locale beyond even Chino Valley in geographical — and, yes— cultural stature? Long story. So, let’s rewind a bit. And, in the interim, keep the word “angst” in mind.   NYC Broadway boogaloo Scene: The hey-day of NYC culture, early ’70s. Enter: Rhonda Zwillinger, daughter of a long line of women artists. Her grandmother — a doyenne of haute couture in Russia — especially influenced her trajectory as a mentor of crochet, knitting, and apparel. She studied with the legendary Phillip Pearlstein at Brooklyn College, dutifully painting figures and landscapes. A “serious artist,” she eschewed making the customary rounds, which at the time consisted of belonging to movements (civil rights, environmental, anti-war, et al.). To quote her rep with Galleria La Giarina, in

  • The art of calling a parade

    Mar 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's Perceivings6,571 CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster Remember when broadcasting a parade focused on … broadcasting the parade? I mean, when did the parade itself become entirely subordinate to the jejune verbalizations of the broadcasting “talent”? Doesn’t anyone in the broadcasting industry realize that’s the most basic tenet re properly and entertainingly describing a parade? It’s not rocket science. Anyone watching any parade anywhere in the country, and quite likely anywhere on the planet, knows it instinctively. The people who take the time to watch a parade are there to watch and enjoy the parade. Not improvisational comedy. Not vaudeville. Not promos for other shows, personalities, products, forthcoming events, celebrity birthdays, reality shows relying on exhausted concepts, or the comic travails of the broadcasters’ relatives. It’s … all … about … the … parade. When I was growing up in Los Angeles, we always watched the Rose Parade on Channel 5. To my knowledge, Channel 5 was the first TV station to show the parade sans commercials. And when I say sans commercials, I mean no more than a brief mention or two of a behind-the-scenes sponsor. The technology to generate the incredibly annoying bugs (those small visual inserts that are now terrifyingly omnipresent on seemingly every TV show) did not exist. So we were spared, for example, the superfluousness of a giant “G” in the upper left-hand corner of the TV image

  • News From the Wilds: March 2015

    Mar 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the Wilds6,429 CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris March is a deceptive month in the Mogollon Highlands. Glorious sunny days abound, resplendent with butterflies and migrant songbirds. But March is also one of our wettest months of the year, and most of that moisture comes in the form of snow. Large storm systems over the Pacific Ocean throw off snow storms that sweep into our area from the north, dropping anywhere from inches to feet of snow, and bringing us firmly back into winter. Because of this, March is one of the more dangerous times for the creatures in the wilds. Many mammals are bearing young now, some insects are emerging from creeks and pupae as winged adults, and birds are making nests or migrating back into the area from the tropics. The dramatic cold snaps can therefore cause many of these species severe temperature and food stress, and sometimes lead to their deaths. Most of the native plants of the Highlands do not trust the warm times enough to begin growing or flowering just yet. They will wait until the days are reliably warm and frost-free, though exactly how they determine this is largely a mystery. Non-native plants, such as fruit trees and ornamentals, have no such mechanism, and flower as soon as the temperatures and precipitation allow. In the lower deserts, such as the western slopes of the Sierra Prieta mountains, the frosts

  • In the cactus

    By Gene Twaronite In Australia, to be “in the cactus” refers to being in an awkward or uncomfortable predicament. The Aussies should know. They introduced several species of prickly pear that nearly took over the continent. A lot of people share this uncomfortable feeling toward cacti. All it takes is a little spine through the foot or a fall into a bed of cholla and some folks get all huffy. So what exactly is a cactus? A cactus is a succulent, a plant with fleshy stems to store water in an arid environment. But unlike other succulents — aloes and agaves, for example — a cactus lacks leaves. Well, most of them do. Members of the primitive cactus subfamily Pereskioideae do have leaves and, what’s more, they don’t even look like cacti. And some kinds of prickly pears and chollas have tiny or temporary leaves. The cactus family is full of exceptions. Actually you could say that all cacti do have leaves. It’s just that we don’t recognize them as such. This is because over a long period of time cactus leaves gradually evolved into spines. Those sharp, prickly things you love to touch are just modified leaves. Both the flowers and spines arise from a small cushiony structure called an areole — a kind of modified bud or shoot. Since no other plant possesses this structure, I could have

  • Writ large: Jacques Laliberté satirizes memoir-ization

    Mar 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Is it good? Yeah, it’s good. From here, this critique of Jacques Laliberté’s first, self-published novel, “The Fictional Autobiography of the 21st Century’s Greatest Artist, Andienne Brünsilder,” gets a little messy. First — and this is a deal breaker for those who eschew the word “meta” — is the work’s hat-on-a-hat genre as a fictional autobiography. That designation isn’t particularly consequential, however. Let’s just call it a story. At its core, Laliberté’s is a classic self-discovery story set in a (lovingly rendered) satire of the commercial art world. The egoist protagonist, Andi, prefers to tell the tale as a confessional, tell-most memoir. Many of the details are plucked from the greater Zeitgeist: bigger-is-better works of art, pop culture and kitsch sensibilities, bizarre corporate sponsorships. Some of the settings, art pieces, and, notably, people, though, are lifted straight from Laliberté’s own experiences. Some are more thickly veiled than others, to protect the not-so-innocent, presumably. Andi — whose full name yields no anagrams of note — starts his journey at a club in Berlin. He’s the kind of guy who throws his own birthday party and capitalizes the word “fate.” The protagonist caters a few vignettes, stray thoughts, and sketches, which lends an air of voyeurism to the mix. But, ultimately, Andi’s well aware he’s being watched — that he’s showing you something — so he only reveals his

  • Child’s play: Jennifer Shinohara sparks imaginations

    Mar 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature6,429 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Prescott artist Jennifer “Juna” Shinohara. See Shinohara’s work at Etsy.Com/Shop/WoolyNiche or Peregrine Book Co., 219 N. Cortez St., 928-445-9000. Contact her with custom orders at Jennifer_Shinohara@Yahoo.Com.] How did you get started making felt toys as Wooly Niche? I wanted to make a toy that kids could really play with. Something Steiner-based. You see toys on Etsy now that are like sculptures, that have Styrofoam. I like toys kids can play with and carry. That’s how I came up with Wooly Niche. … When I was a little kid, I always liked to sell things. Instead of setting up a typical lemonade stand and selling over-watered, questionable lemonade I decided to set up a fresh fly stand and sell live flies that I had carefully caught in our house and unceremoniously stuffed in clear produce bags for a nickel apiece. When no one stopped to buy my flies, I went door to door across the street trying to sell them until a neighbor offered me nickels for catching ladybugs instead and that was the spark. So, I think I carried that with me when I went into Peregrine and asked if they’d be interested in maybe buying some of my little creatures from me. What are some of your more popular creations? Owls, foxes, horses,

  • A slice of π: An irrational approximation of a speech in honor of March 14 (aka Pi Day)

    Mar 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature24 CommentsRead More »

    By Markoff Chaney 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… ***** Markoff Chaney is an Earth-based whodunit pundit and (Fnord) Discordian Pope. He has lotsa bills and no sense. Contact him at NoisyNoiseIsNoisome@Gmail.Com

  • Problems worth addressing: Why the days of smaller numbers are, um, numbered

    By Paolo Chlebecek Even though my head is still spinning from all that new tech last month at the Consumer Electronics Show, I still need to tell you something very important. Come close. It’s a secret. … We’ve run out of ways to connect you to the internet. Yes you heard it here first folks, well I guess it’s really no secret. In fact, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) a department of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has known about the problem of getting you on the Internet for years, since the late 1980s. These are the people who are, in part, responsible for allowing you to type instead of having to memorize and type Yes try that number in your browser right now. Go ahead I’ll wait. … That number gets you to Google. Those fine fellows at ICANN allow and manage IP or Internet Protocol addressing, giving you access to your favorite websites without having to memorize a series of (otherwise) meaningless numbers. They also have the daunting task of helping to switch the entire planet over to IP Version 6 (IPV6) from the current IP Version 4 (IPV4). So, what does all that mean exactly? Right now, this very minute, there are about 10 Billion Things or Devices connected to the Internet. This includes computers and laptops as well as smartphones,

  • Oddly Enough: March 2015

    Mar 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Russ Miller's Oddly Enough5,926 CommentsRead More »

    By Russell Miller The Sea Snake (a member of the cobra family, of which there are nearly 60 species) can grow to the length of 9 feet. Their posterior bodies are flattened, allowing them to swim with great skill. Sea Snakes can spend as much as eight hours underwater without taking a breath. They have been known to amass by the millions during mating season and cause a serious hazard to fishermen who bring them up by the hundreds in their nets. One bite from some of these snakes can bring death to an adult human in minutes. ODDLY ENOUGH … Many fish will not eat Sea Snakes even though this flesh isn’t toxic because these snakes can bite a fish on the inside, killing it instantly, and allowing the snake to swim back out of the victim’s mouth. ***** Perimeter guns connected to tripwires have been used since the 18th century to protect against poaching, intruders, and to secure military outposts. Some were set up to swivel automatically when the tripwire was touched to direct the fire toward the trespasser. ODDLY ENOUGH … The flintlock version was called a cemetery gun because it was designed to discourage grave robbers. ***** Russell Miller is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, bagpiper, motorcycle enthusiast, and reference librarian. Currently, he illustrates books for Cody Lundin and Bart King

  • Seeing, in stereo: Cardboard makes history

    Mar 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature25 CommentsRead More »

      By Jacy Lee A certain part of everyone’s life is taken up with entertainment. Movies, television, phones, computers, music, and so on. Now, think of a lifetime without any of these. Go back prior to “Edison’s Talking Machines,” silent movies, or even magic lanterns. What did people have then? Well, well-to-do people had a string quartet, every month or so. But what of those who weren’t in the gentry class? In the middle of the 19th century a mechanical gadget was invented that was both fascinating and affordable (for the time). This was the stereoscope. The stereoscope or stereo viewer was an optical instrument through which two pictures of the same object were viewed. Each of the two pictures had a slightly different view, offset to the right or left. When viewed together through the stereo lenses they formed one picture with (gasp!) the illusion of depth. The only mechanical part was a hand operated slide that could move the mounted picture toward or away from the viewing lens. Many of the viewers were quite similar in size and shape, as were the cards. Almost all of the cards were 3” x 7”, on hard cardboard, no matter who manufactured them. The Keystone View Company was one of the most prolific makers toward the end of the 19th century. Charles A. Zimmerman Photography, of St. Paul, Minnesota, published “1,

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