Archive for the ‘5enses’ Category

  • Nostalgia or art?: A picture’s worth, revisited

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's PerceivingsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster “Art is in the eye of the beholder.” The first known mention of this common aphorism is from the 3rd century Greek, and nothing much has changed regarding what is “art” since then. Opinions rage on. Is a boulder placed over a ditch “art”? The L.A. County Museum of Art seems to think so. Is a cartoon balloon animal blown up to Green Giant size art? Some believe it makes Jeff Koons — and others who execute likewise — artists. For that matter, is the rendering of the Green Giant on cans of vegetables “art”? Here’s where it gets interesting. Of the enormous, indeed unquantifiable, amount of art produced over the last few centuries originally for purposes of advertising, what can be considered art and what is simply junk? While a small quantity of such material was considered art (or at least containing some artistic merit) when it was originally produced, how does the vast volume of such endeavors hold up today? One only has to drop in on PBS’s highly entertaining and informative program “Antiques Roadshow” to find out. Substantial valuations are proposed for everything from travel posters to General Store box displays. None of this material was birthed for the purpose of creating art. Yet people will pay thousands, sometimes tens of thousands, of dollars for a poster promoting ship travel to South America,

  • News from the Wilds: December 2017

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris The coldest season has come round again, and the wilds have entered the depth of their quiescence. But though the nights are at their longest now — the longest of the year is on Dec. 21, the Winter Solstice — the coldest (and, for many species, hardest) parts of the winter are still to come. December is slightly warmer and bears a bit less rain and snow than January, when the days will be already growing longer again. This lag between the darkest and the coldest times is a result of an interaction between the thermal qualities of the air masses in the atmosphere and the thermal mass of the landscape — the air holds its temperature long after incoming solar radiation has declined, but now begins to lose its heat to the rapidly cooling land. It is for this reason that the warmest parts of the summer are typically after the Summer Solstice, and that the coldest parts of the winter are after the Winter Solstice. As a result of low temperatures and lack of sunlight, plants and insects now enter the depth of their winter diapause, when almost no activity is to be found. These two groups are the primary food sources for almost all of our species, so their somnolence brings extreme hardship for birds and mammals, the two groups that remain most active

  • Myth & Mind: Furies & hunts

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Myth & MindNo CommentsRead More »

    By Reva Sherrard King Agamemnon’s ships lay in harbor, manned and ready to sail to war in Troy, awaiting a wind that wouldn’t come. As days crawled past a plague spread in the still air under the drooping sails. With more and more of his army sickening and the outcome of the war in the balance, Agamemnon chose to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to gain divine favor. When the girl’s throat was cut a wind sprang up, scoured the plague from the army’s lungs and drove the ships to Troy. Queen Clytemnestra grieved wildly for her daughter. While her husband was at war she turned for comfort to his rival Aegisthus. When Agamemnon returned victorious, bringing a captive princess as his prize and concubine, the lovers killed them both. It was now the duty of Orestes, Agamemnon and Clytemnestra’s son, to avenge his father’s murder. He slew his mother and her lover with his own hand. But the crime of matricide woke the Erinyes, or Furies, goddesses of punishment. Relentlessly they pursued Orestes and drove him mad. ***** What are the Erinyes? Etymologically, erinys (Greek, singular) likely means just what the Romans glossed it as: fury. These female powers are older than the Olympians, representing an equally ancient law. The laws and cultural values — and breaches thereof — embodied by Zeus and company belong to the machinery of civilization,

  • A class of their own: Sean Goté Gallery hangs Dutton abstracts & local bronzes

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood The name Allen A. Dutton should ring a bell. His black-and-white photography of Arizona landscapes and surreal photo montages are — platitudes be damned — vibrant, vital, and evocative. Despite a plethora of shows and works in other mediums, you may not have had the chance to see his abstract painting work or his fleeting but masterful bronze work. Now through the end of 2017, though, you can remedy that thanks to a show at Sean Goté Gallery. And, while you’re there, why not take in some of the jaw-droppingly masterful bronzes of Bronzesmith Fine Art foundry and Gallery. The “Bronzesmith Collection,” which runs alongside the Dutton show, features foundry proofs by the likes of Kim Obrzut, Larry Yazzie, and Oreland Joe, among others. To put it mildly, it’s a heck of a pairing. ***** Visit Sean Goté Gallery at 702 W. Gurley St., 928-445-2323, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, SeanGote.Com. The Allen A. Dutton and Bronzesmith fine Art Foundry and Art Gallery show hangs through the end of 2017. Find out more at BronzesSmith.Com. Robert Blood is a Mayer-ish-based freelance writer and ne’er-do-well who’s working on his last book, which, incidentally, will be his first. Contact him at BloodyBobby5@Gmail.Com

  • A winter’s tale: Post-Christmas native storytelling day returns to Smoki Museum

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Cindy Gresser, executive director of the Smoki Museum. The annual Storytellers at Smoki event is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., 928-445-1230, SmokiMuseum.Org., $6-$7, free to children 12 or under and native people.] How did Storytellers at the Smoki get started? I believe we started this about five years ago. It started pretty small. We just reached out to a few people, to folks we knew would really enjoy it. It turned out to be this wonderful thing where people came and relaxed and heard some really great stories. The kids really enjoyed it. People have folks in town for the Christmas holiday and want something to do, and this has been a hit. We’ve had to move it to a bigger venue. It’s been a great reason to sit around the fireplace. How did it come into being as an event, though? We were looking for another children’s activity, something that would engage kids and also have learning involved in it. One of our volunteers came up with the idea of string games. I remembered playing them when I was a kid. My mom used to crochet and knit, so there was always string around. So I brought in a loop of string and started

  • Plant of the Month: Arizona Cypress

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Plant of the MonthNo CommentsRead More »

    By Mara Trushell Cupressus arizonica (Arizona cypress) is the only native species of cypress in the United States and is an indicator of past environmental conditions. This relatively fast-growing, large tree is a common addition to urban landscapes (as wind breaks, erosion control, and landscape ornamentals) and can be spotted throughout the Southwest. Native populations, however, are sparse within Arizona. For example, there is a beautiful and dense population on the south side of Arizona 260 as you travel through the canyons between Payson and Pine. Stemming from the interior of Mexico, native Cupressus arizonica populations are scattered through the sky islands of southern Arizona and continue throughout the Prescott, Tonto, and Coconino National forests. These populations are tucked in drainages and sheltered mountain slopes from 3,000-7,500 feet with varying growth-forms influenced by the immediate environment. Cupressus arizonica has been documented to grow anywhere from 15 to 90 feet tall. Their form begins as conical but diverges to broad and variable with age. Fragrant (when crushed), scale-like needles that are gray to blue-green spread across dense branches. This monecious species (males and female reproductive parts occur on separate individuals) have been recorded with male and/or female cone development from November to March. The female cones are relatively large (10-25 mm) and resin-covered, each consisting of four to eight scales that hold and protect seeds until dispersed. Male cones are inconspicuous

  • Bird of the Month: Surf Scoter

    By Russ Chappell A juvenile Surf Scoter was recently spotted at Watson Lake along the shore northeast of the boat dock near Arizona 89. This surface-diving duck is classified as an accidental, winter visitor in Carl Tomoff’s “Birds of Prescott, Arizona Checklist.” “Surfers” migrate from Canadian and Alaskan breeding grounds to the coasts of North America during the winter feeding on mollusks, crustaceans, aquatic insects, small fish, and vegetation like aquatic weeds, wild celery, musk grass, and seeds. They usually feed in water less than 10 meters deep, near breaking waves, with flocks diving in a synchronicity fashion. Dive duration varies depending on prey density, season, and water depth. Adult male Surf Scoters weigh about 2.3 lbs and average 19 inches in length, with females 2 lbs and 17 inches. Males are a velvet black with white on their foreheads and napes, with thick bills that appear orange at a distance but have white, red, and yellow spots, with a black spot near the base. Females are brownish, becoming lighter towards their bellies. There are paler patches below their eyes and occasional white markings on their nape. The bills of females are black with shades of green or blue. Juveniles appear similar to females but are paler with whitish breasts and bellies. Displaying little vocalization, males make a gurgling call and a sharp puk-puk while courting. Females make a crow-like

  • Santa clauses: Reflections on, by Terry Nolan, Mayor Santa

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    “Number one, he’s got a real beard and he’s just a jolly-type person. He’s so giving of himself and always has been for the community. He’s just so great in that Santa role.” ~Sue Palacios “The first time was 20 years ago, when I did it for the vet center. They needed someone and I just volunteered. I’ve been doing it more than 20 years now and still do it to this day. … That first year, it just came naturally. I just enjoy the kids so much, little kids especially. They’re cute and it’s just awesome to see them smile.” ~Terry Nolan “Other Santas, they can look the part really good — we’re talking $3,000 suits — but the way he handles the kids is … . It’s hard to put into words. I’ve been doing this with him for five years and the closest thing I can come up with is that he’s so grandfatherly. He absolutely loves the kids.” ~Chad Castigliano “He’s just so community-oriented and talented with the kids. It’s like his second calling. There’s the ho-ho-ho kind of Santa, and there’s Terry. With him, there’s no rush and he gets to know each child he interacts with. When they’re afraid, he takes his time and tries to win them over, and he’s very good at that.” ~Patti Lake “I was raised in Phoenix and

  • Acting out/up: ‘Dr. Wanker’s Short Adventures’ wraps up season one

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Kevin Goss, writer, producer, and star of “Dr. Wanker’s Short Adventures,” which is available on YouTube via Dr. Hans Wanker’s channel.] Why don’t you introduce us to your web series, “Dr. Wanker’s Short Adventures”? It revolves around this short actor who actually has a doctoral certificate in theater from a school in this fictitious country, Schweisenland. He comes to America on a work visa and gets a job at a community theater in Prescott. In the first episode he loses that job and falls and hits his head and has a vision of being on a movie set. So, he decides to pursue that and go to L.A. in search of a movie career. The series follows him in Hollywood going to auditions and not getting cast and having to get a job as a flower delivery person for a florist and meeting a woman. This love interest plants a seed in his head that the reason he’s not getting cast is because he’s too short and he decides to figure that one out — if that’s really the reason. Initially, he thinks it’s because of his European accent, so he goes to a vocal coach, but after that he realizes that, hey, some of the most famous actors in Hollywood have accents. Michael

  • ‘That’s not real art’: Considering game theory, art, art theory, and video games

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Two-bit ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Justin Agrell The first game that blew my mind was “Doom.” If you’re unfamiliar with the game, it was one of the first 3-D computer games available for later DOS computer systems. (It also featured quite a lot of pixelated violence; it was the mid-’90s and I was a young boy, after all.) When I discovered “Doom,” my mind was transported there, to Mars, fighting Hell-demons. The visuals and speed of interaction were ground-breaking. Thinking back, it wasn’t books or music or paintings or film that gripped my interest so firmly. It was video games. You may dismiss or reject them as works of art, but stop and think about that for a second. But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, some context. My first passion was drawing. In elementary school I sketched throughout the day. At first my sloppy doodles littered whatever spare surface was available to me, hardly representing the nonsensical images in my mind. They were purely for my entertainment and to pass the time. As time progressed so did my skill, and by the end of the 5th grade I had reached the point of classmates paying me for sketches with their lunch money. When I think about art, I remember this time in my life. OK, back to video games and art. When I first went to college, I wanted to create games but

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