Monday, December 21, 2015

Music that's Art by Lindsey Sterling

Growing up with three sibling has its ups and downs, but you learn to really enjoy the positives. One thing we all have in common is an indomitable love of music. Its a shame none of us can play a note (or maybe a mercy in disguise), but the product of this is that our house holds a constant exchange of opinions and music styles. My younger sister introduced my to the listening's of Lindsey Sterling a couple of months ago and I have to say I am more than a little impressed. She combines dance, music, and art in her work in a way that would make Alice wish she could walk into her world, rather than Wonderland. Sterling's bright attitude and passion for her art makes each piece a pleasure to watch.....over and over again, if your in my house.

Here is one of my favorite pieces by Sterling, which she entitles "Song of the Caged Bird". I think its rather "illuminating". If you like it, I encourage you to subscribe to her channel on YouTube! 


Monday, December 14, 2015

Imangi's Newest Artistic Success - Frozen Shadows

This week was the premiere of Temple Run 2's newest update, Frozen Shadows. As you can see from my earlier review of Temple Run: Oz, I am a huge fan of the digital art that makes up this fabulous genre of games. After almost two months of waiting, I was excited to finally get the update to my Kindle Fire (7in second generation). Now, as a gamer, I've become a bit cynical about game updates because they usually end up being less of a positive experience for me as a kindle owner than for other players on different platforms. However, this is definitely NOT the case for Frozen Shadows. It works like a perfectly oiled machine, even for us older device owners. NOTE: Concerning treasure chest/artifact pick-up; the developers haven't made a prize for gathering all the frozen shadows elements yet, but don't worry, they will! (they said on their Facebook page).

Now, onto the art review! I am pleased with three specific elements of the design. Firstly, the stone work. I appreciate the fact that the graphic designers took the time to impose interesting patterns and details into the  surroundings. It adds to the mystery and unspoken history of 'the run'. It makes me think Imangi could develop a whole slew of games within the 'Temple Run' story line outside of the game type and platforms they have now (hint, hint).

Second, the ice graphics during the sledding sections of the run. I always look forward to this part, particularly when you get past 10,000 meters. It becomes very challenging, with obstacles appearing every half second! The background imagery is gorgeous as well. It makes you feel like you really are far off in the alps, from where no human has ever returned.... (creepy but thrilling).

Thirdly, interactive elements, such as the scary monkey, falling tree branches, and rock avalanches that keep you on your toes! You can't imagine how many times I failed. While some players have complained about the bright and icy terrain, I like the challenge of 'running' on a road that teases you with hidden ice shelf's and snow covered boulders.

A word of advice for Kindle owners: Go through the app store to download your update (just search for the game and instead of giving you the option to buy, it will say "update" instead). I tried updating through the game and it kept on crashing. Also, turn off and on your device after the update. Only then did my app work perfectly. 

Please share your thoughts on Frozen Shadows via my Facebook, Twitter, or the comment section below!

Monday, December 7, 2015

VFFT Week 18 - Holiday Windows at Ralph Lauren!

 If there is one thing that makes me gravitate to the upper east side, its the window displays on Madison Avenue. Without fail, Ralph Lauren always wins my approval, with its chic, yet artsy displays of fashion. Never mind that the building facade is gorgeous! It almost mirrors the ornate gilded frames over the paintings at the MET (which works well in this case). As for the mannequins, they remind me of the wind-up marionette dolls from the Nutcracker. There life like poses and well fitting ensembles allow them to interact perfectly within the artificial world the windows encase. 

I don't know what  like better in this photo; the window decor or the reflection of the city in the highly polished glass. It's interesting how a photo can transform and transpose meaning, proving what a great art form it is. Either way, so cool!

I also enjoyed seeing the installations in the children's store windows; which use more traditional colors and themes, such as strings of lights, stuffed bears, and snowy, gingerbread backdrops.

After viewing these windows, I was thoroughly inspired to go home and decorate my own apartment to the nines. I can't imagine why...

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