Nicanors Profile

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

I am currently a triple major at CU, my primary major is in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, my secondary is Studio Art, and my tertiary is currently Spanish but i am considering switching to education.

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

I recently saw Robert Adam’s “The Places We Lived” at the DAM i am actually a big fan of photography, in my studio art courses my emphasis is on photography and sculpture. The exhibit consisted of a collection of still life and landscape photographs. Overall the work was unique and intrigued me as it was primarily based on the small towns of rural Colorado and New Mexico. The work speaks to me as i have an innate family connection with the region and the aged some what temporally distorted feel of these regions as my family is from both Trinidad Colorado and Mora New Mexico.  The breathtaking sky and the aged buildings preserved by the heat and rural location resonate much with me as these are the places of childhood road trips and summer vacations. As far as technical skill much of Robert Adams work is a tad contrasty and granny but overall these effects exaggerate his subjects and add a rustic quality to the work.

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

I recently read a trilogy of books by Cinda Williams ( the wizard heir, the warrior heir, and the dragon heir) in which she generates a unique world where the war of the roses is not over, and is actually a war between wizard  over a collection of very powerful magical objects called the hoard which determines the balance of power in the world. to prevent utter destruction the wizards designed an gladiator like game using the warrior guild (there are 5 guilds wizards, warriors, seers, sorcers, and enchanters, wizards are the most powerful and have enslaved the others because they can shape magic with words). The game hasn’t occoured in 200 years as they killed all of the warriors, 2 remain fighting one for the whites and one for the reds. The novels cover the game, the revolution of the enslaved guilds, and a war between wizards who wish to liberate the other guilds and the houses of the white and red roses.

4. What are your main interests besides art?

Science, i love science and i love the innate relationship science and art share. I also love karate, I am a ranked us nationals champion and am currently on the colorado nationals team, music and concerts, and really anything that you can do with friends and have a good time.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

only the ones for this class

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 recently saw the dubstep artist skrillex for Halloween, this show highly impressed me as it was a beautiful melding of sound and lights, made even more powerful by the electric energy of the crowd and the dancing. the experience was wonderful and beautiful and i view it as an art form in itself.

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 was recently reading an article through the Norwegian Medical Journal in which new research suggests that Multiple Sclerosis  is partially Genetic predisposition and partially physical deformity, the article discussed how in patients with MS the initial signs are lesions of dying brain matter, scientists have found theses regions consistent with where the brain’s used blood drains back into the viena cava which delivers oxygen poor blood to the heart. in MS patients it has been found that these lesions are caused by a build up of iron in the blood and the exposed heme group in oxygen poor blood, in MS patients their veins are pinched causing a backflow of oxygen poor blood to the brain. this kills tissue and can result in the paralysis effects of MS in addition it was found upon stinting these veins that 98% of patients had a near full recovery almost instantaneously.

8. Please share with us a thought or an idea that really widened your intellecual 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.

Art and science are not separate hemispheres of thought, rather they are two sides to the same coin, both aspects are quintessential components of the human condition, art is the science of aesthetics as science is the art of curiosity both are needed and to deny one is to deny part of yourself.

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, i particularly enjoyed the exhibit embrace, in which the DAM was taken over by several installation artists. the work that resonated most with me was a room composed of colored bungee chords, the work was interactive and one had to push through the grid of chords to get to the other side, it was fun playful and aesthetically pleasing, the work evoked the internal child while simultaneously being a stunning minimalistic work.

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