“Design is just ability to recognize the map of connections,” says Marco Lukini, 28-year-old recent graduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Graphic Design Department. Though Lukini was technically a student for the Fall semester, Graphic Design Chair David Grey, who Lukini considers a mentor, assigned Lukini classes to teach and asked Lukini, on many occasions, to accompany him on his professional travels around the world.
On Dec. 11 Garson’s Dance Company showcased its Winter Dance Concert, and the close to full audience was delighted with a wide variety of acts from guest artists and students with close ties to the dance department.
Ranging from surreal photography to blind contour drawings of cute puppies, the pieces on the wall at IAC’s Gift Auction flowed seamlessly into the next, even though they were all made for reasons entirely personal to the artists.
On Dec. 5, David Grey’s Graphic Design IV class displayed TOMES, a final class curation of print and design. The task of Grey’s class was to gather art and text to support a chosen theme, anything from lingerie to fishing, then design every inch of every page of a final book.
The second installment of The Hunger Games films hit theaters Nov. 22, 2013. The first film intrigued me enough to watch the sequel and I feel it surpasses the original in every way. The Hunger Games world takes place in a dystopian future where the population of Panem has been divided into districts due to a past rebellion. Each year one male and female are taken from the population of the districts to perform in the Hunger Games ceremony, a kind of survival arena until only a single participant remains. Victors are awarded a lifetime of wealth and removed from lottery eligibility. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire picks up where the last film left off. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), young victor of the Hunger Games, finds herself trapped with the decision she made to cheat the system in the first movie. She’s haunted by the acts she committed in the Hunger Games competition and forced to perform a sort of raggedy Miss America tour as part of her victory. The film has less action and violence than the previous Hunger Games. The focus is instead on the narrative established for the first film. Katniss Everdeen engages in a victory tour of the 12 districts of Panem with her co-victor Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). They must continue their farce of a relationship for the public eye or else risk harm to their families. The false relationship they portray to the population of Panem feeds a growing revolution. As Katniss and Peeta read prepared statements on their victory tour, tension erupts and citizens demand something other than the government-mediated truth. Each of the characters in the film seem to operate with their own motivations, leading to some pleasant twists and turns as the story unfolds. On the whole, the film feels like a more mature effort than the previous installment. The characters are more clearly-defined and have more time to develop outside of the action sequences. With a 146 minute runtime, it takes advantage of the time and space to pursue a more focused narrative than the first film. More importantly, the ending sets up anticipation toward the next film rather than...
Peter Romero, Santa Fe University of Art and Design director of facilities and security, treats his job like he treats his own home. He is on call 24/7 (he has to silence both his office and cell phone during the course of a 20-minute interview), he doesn’t leave until everything that needs to be taken care of is squared away (“Last Tuesday I arrived at 8 a.m.,” he explains, “and went home at 12:30 a.m.”), and, most importantly, his staff is like family.
SITE Santa Fe honored a new crop of young artists during its 2013 SITE Scholars Awards Ceremony on Nov. 21. Honorees included students from SFUAD, Institute of American Indian Arts, St. John’s College, the University of New Mexico, and New Mexico Highlands University.
Whether it be a book or song, or even the landscape in front of you, an idea for a work of art can appear out of almost anything. Three students were asked about their own creative processes and, more specifically, what they think about and what inspires them as they create their own work.
Garson Dance Company presents Winter Dance Concert at Garson Theater at 7 p.m., Dec. 11. This year, the annual Winter showcase has redefined its style to a psychologically gripping journey that may become the signature of SFUAD’s newly formed Garson Company.
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