Intellectual Profile: Niki Hale

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

I’m Niki, a junior majoring in studio arts with a photography emphasis. I’m primarily interested in fashion/editorial photography of female models, but in beginning my photography classes here at CU I hope to experiment with other focuses!

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

I visited the Embrace exhibit at the Denver Art Museum in 2009 and really enjoyed the work, so I ended up going for a second time with my dad. I loved the
installation titled R.A.W. by Nicola López especially. Seeing installation artwork is still fairly new to me, so the scale of the work was hugely appealing; I like feeling like a part of the artwork, interacting within it.

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

My most recent reading endeavor was The Hunger Games trilogy, a series about a future, dystopian North America where teenage boys and girls are chosen annually to fight to the death in the Hunger Games. I loved them!

4. What are your main interests besides art?

I love traveling, hanging out with friends, and keeping up with my favorite TV shows.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

I’m still fairly new to the world of blogging (other than Tumblr), but a friend of mine from high school writes an ultimately personal but largely fashion-based blog that I read fairly consistently called Key to My Heart. The girl is gorgeous and has a real knack for piecing together outfits; I’d like her to be my personal stylist. I also have a Tumblr and follow primarily humorous blogs.

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.

I was quite stricken when learning about the SOPA/PIPA bills that were recently in Congress and participated avidly in the Internet blackout protests on January 18th. I first learned about the bills through Tumblr, and wrote to Congress. Then, last week, in my digital art class, we watched an explanatory video and I was actually quite outraged! The Internet is a huge tool for artists and art historians, and hugely influential on contemporary art.

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!

Actually, it’s quite random. I read an article the other day titled Why Don’t You Hear Someone’s Accent in a Song? It was honestly just useless but interesting trivia, and that was something I’ve always been curious about!

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.

I just read, This is Our World by Dorothy Allison, and out of the entire article, one quote really stood out to me. “Art should provoke more questions than answers.” I suppose this is something that I’ve known all along, but reading it word for word in the article sort of sparked the realization for me. This semester I’m hoping to improve the content and meaning of my images, so provoking questions is my mail goal this spring.

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 have been to the Denver Art Museum, but not the MCA Denver or the BMoca in Boulder. I mentioned the Embrace exhibit in question 2, and I’m looking forward to visiting the Clyfford Still museum this week as well as the MCA, BMoca, and others this semester!

2 Responses

  1. Ok so that fact about why you don’t hear someones accent in a song is really interesting and totally not useless, although i’m not buying it completely. When I listen to tones of foreign artist, Beatles, ACDC, clapton, sting, i still hear the accent but it defiantly goes away some.

    Also the R.A.W. exhibit was one of my favorite pieces too, something about the line quality really spoke to me.

    • Yes, in the article is talks about how certain artists’ accents are still audible, it just has to do with the way they pronounce words in terms of the style of music. I just thought it was interesting! I’m a sucker for useless trivia.

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