(Franklin) Perry Martin Intellectual Profile

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.

-I’m a senior playing with the idea of this being my last semester at CU.  I’m majoring in Psychology, studying Advertising, and currently planning to intern for an agency called SpotCo in NYC this summer.  I’m one of those rare geeky goons that digs school, and basically I pursue anything that I see as an opportunity to broaden the ol’ horizons.  I’m not quite sure what I’ll get into regarding my ‘talents’ after school ends, but it’s looking like the entrepreneurial track is what suits me best.  And that’s definitely because it’ll give me the most freedom to bend the rules=> creative control + startups + makin scrilla = one happy ballin blond kid, get me?

2. Describe an exhibition that you liked or found impressive. Tell us why. Please provide a link to a website, if possible.

-Rather than mention a conventional exhibition, as I’m not usually frequenting museums as much as I’d like, I’d have to say the ongoing artistic expressionism I find most impressive is the continued work by Banksy.  His graffiti instills in me the inspiration that breaking societal norms is not only a great way to communicate a message, but it’s way more fun.

“A lot of people never use their initiative, because no one told them to.”- Chris Banksy

3. Which books did you read of lately (art, fiction, non-fiction)? Pick one and go into detail about it.

-I love to read.  Recently I finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Rant by Chuck Palahniuk, Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, and I’m halfway through the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson.  Of all of these, the diversity of story line makes it hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to choose I’d say I’m enjoying Steve Jobs because of the insight given into the passionate resolve it takes to stand up to droves of critics, and surpass all expectations with flying colors.

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” –Apple “Think Different” Commercial, 1997

4. What are your main interests besides art?

-Aside from art, I am very passionate about life, period.  I love music, play piano and aspire to freestyle…you know, white kids pretending to be good a rapping.  I love photography, comedy, acting and film, I’m an avid snowboarder, and I’m more content to go run around outside all day than sit around.  I get bored pretty easily, and that partially explains why I have my fingers in so many different pots- I want to experience it all… I know, it’s cIiche, but I’m cool with it.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

-not really a blog surfer, however I aspire to get more involved in the blogosphere as I think it’s a fantastic way to express oneself outside of the academic setting.  When I do surf, one of the blogs I frequent is LiveForTheFunk.com, my roommate’s music blog. -Check it out

6. Which cultural event has really impressed you lately? This can be a museum, a concert, or anything like that, but also a sports game (if you consider this a cultural event for which there are good reasons). Or anything I am not even thinking of … Again, tell us why.

-Recently I had the exciting experience of Holy Ship! An electronic music festival on a cruise ship that traveled from Florida to the Bahamas and back.  It was a fantastic experience to share with 7 of my friends, and because the entire festival was so intimate and also mobile, everyone on the ship became friends by the end, including all the artists who were onboard.  It was a brand new way to experience music, and the memories from that excursion will take a longgg time to fade.

7. Please describe briefly an article in a newspaper or a magazine that got you thinking lately. Reading online is fine, and what you introduce here does not have to be about art. If the respective article is available online, please link to it!

-I recently read an article in National Geographic about the “spirit” bear, a rare white coated relative of the black bear concentrated in the island and coastal areas of British Colombia.  What was so fascinating about this article is the fact that for the last few hundred years the bears existence has been a secret, stemming from indigenous peoples passionate protection of the bears’ existence- the bear is considered sacred, and in order to protect it from fur traders in the area, for years the bear was never mentioned other than in private conversation.  Today, the inhabitants of this area still revere the bears, and with approximately 400 left, all I want to do is take a little adventure to go witness one in the wild.

8. Please share with us a thought or an idea that really widened your intellectual horizon. Again, this must not be limited to the visual arts. If possible, give a source for this idea so that others know where to go to if they are interested.

-Ramtha is a long deceased spiritual being who channels himself through a woman named J.Z. Knight.  Ramtha encourages the ideal of using introspection to visualize an ideal reality, making the conscious decision of acknowledging the intrinsic human godliness that allows us to alter reality, and then using this newfound power to influence the world around you.  Powerful stuff.

–       If you’re interested, Google either RAMTHA or J.Z.KNIGHT, and youre good to go.  The book I read was called “A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Reality.”

9. Have you been to the Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver and BMoca Boulder? Describe one art object or a show you remember seeing.

I’ve been to both DAM and MCA.  When I visited MCA there was an installment a few years back called Second Day Nothing by Jonas Burgert.  At the time I had no idea what the painting represented, but its about 15 ft high by 25 long, and the imagery in the painting has always stuck with me.  Check out the image, linked below:

http://www.mcadenver.org/index.php/exhibitions/Jonas_Burgert

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