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Is Video Gaming a Form of Art?

A friend of mine asked me this interesting question when he came to visit the studio just the other day. I vaguely remember telling him 2 years ago that I thought that swimming could be a form of art because of the kind of grace and finesse most swimmers strike me with. The thing about my friend is he runs a business that deals with video games. Which is funny because I never remembered him to be a “gaming” sort of person. Anyway, he’s in town for a couple of weeks and dropped by to catch up and also support us by renting out one of our studio spaces. Well, he’s not an artist but he was using the space as a temporary office for work related matters.

There he was typing away on his laptop when he quite suddenly popped me the question. It was an interesting question, I admit, but I certainly did not think that video gaming was a form of art. We got into a relatively short but engaged discussion and here are a couple of significant parts of our talk that I’ve picked out to share on this blog. It might not be the most relevant content for everyone who reads our blog, but it’s an interesting topic.

The year old argument

As I mentioned above, I did say that I consider certain sport activities to be “art-like”, and the argument was that if we can determine any activity to be a form of art, why not video gaming? If you keep up with social media or you don’t live in a cave, you’d know that computer gaming or “eSports” as the industry professionals like to call it, is a growing sensation. Millions of people are playing computer games on a daily basis. The thing is, the form of which they take while engaged in this activity does not strike me as very graceful or artsy in any way. Watching videos online of gamers going at it really makes it seem like more of an intense activity.

My friend, let’s call him John, had the opinion that gaming at the highest level can be a very intense but at the same time focused and intricate “expression of emotion”. Quoting the dictionary’s definition of “art” –

“The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance”

He argues that gamers have some of the highest levels of focus and concentration when it comes to taking part in the sport. Most gamers are also apparently very honest with their emotions, as you can see from the video that I linked. John further went on to say that such an honest expression of emotion is hard to come by these days, and he thought it was beautiful in a certain sense.

I can’t say that I fully agree with this, but I do see his point.

Gaming Peripherals

These tiny and well crafted objects are apparently works of art, according to John. I’d have to say, though. I have to agree with him as some of these models are very well made and it’s hard to imagine how unique of a design one can make for mice or keyboards, but here are a couple of examples. I was rather impressed when I Googled up some of these images.

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There are many many more designs but these are a few that I personally thought were rather creative. Compared to the usual mice and keyboards that I see. These flashy and modern pieces of “art” definitely are an eye opener.

The Gaming Industry

As a whole, it’s really impressive as to how fast the online gaming industry has grown. As someone who has never played an online game in my life (I did play Super Mario back in the SNES days), it certainly is a wonder as to how many big companies are paying attention to the online gaming world. Some games have even been televised on mainstream TV channels like ESPN. According to John, the game that he currently runs a business on regularly appears on ESPN during their yearly world championship competitions.

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The number of people who attend these events really does amaze me. Some even fly from halfway across the world just to watch their favourite team play in the tournament. John remarked that such a mentality is rather “backward”, and if people can travel great distances to watch football, they can definitely do it for eSports. I’d have to say that he has definitely convinced me. The level of production and effort that goes into managing these huge events is nothing short of astounding. A quick search on Google will show you just how popular and prestigious these tournaments are.

In Conclusion

Is video gaming a form of art? I don’t think so, but certain aspects of it does require quite a bit of creativity and gaming peripheral designs are an eye-opener for me. A big shout out to “John” for coming over to visit the studio and do check out his website here, which is about a certain game called League of Legends and elo boosting services.

In the meantime, if anyone is interested in renting out our studio space, feel free to send us a form from our contact us page.

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4 Art Exhibitions in Brooklyn You Can’t Miss

September is a busy monthly in Brooklyn as art exhibitions are going back-to-back. Check the latest 4 Art Exhibitions in Brooklyn you can’t miss.

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art

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The exhibit will show the creations of 25 contemporary artists paired with African masks. The purpose of the exhibit is to explore the many ways to shape the connection between society and individuals.
The exhibit will take place at the Brooklyn Museum from September 3 – 18, 2016.

Hot Garbage!

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This exhibition showcases the portfolio of two extraordinary artists, Emily Miller and David Henry Nobody Jr. Their aim with Hot Garbage! was to create a connection to the cultural “trash” commonly related to the notion of self-worth in Brooklyn’s streets.

Whereas Emily is an artist that focuses on working with actual trash and turning it into gorgeous paintings in oil, David Nobody Jr. is more interested in playing around with how “trashy” relates to sexuality. The applied subject itself becomes the punk artist resistance to consumerists they said are assaulted and forced fed.

The rich oil paintings Emily creates are made of discarded Newport packs. Despite the trash, Emily Miller finds interest in the Newport packs as aesthetically beautiful. David is probably the most creative between the two… By creating sculptures of females out of foam, he stands out from your average artist, and pushes the boundaries of art to another level.

The exhibition will be held at the World Money Gallery, starting September 3 – 7, 2016.

Phases

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Crystal Gregory and Alexa Williams have decided to join forces and put together an amazing exhibition at the Ground Floor Gallery. The artists will use the architecture to support the floor to ceiling loom with the use of turmeric dye, powdered graphite, and white sand. Their fantastic collaboration is finalized with some of their pieces of art hanging on the walls of the gallery to complete the arc.

The exhibit takes place from August 23 to September 11, 2016.

JOINT OPENING: Aloe and IWE

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ALOE: The exhibit will feature the work of artists who produce traditional work in the form of uniquely subversive parameters. The curator Larry Qualls selected the featured artists, which includes Christopher K. Ho., Amy Jenkins, John Juravi, Erika Ranee, Tyler Vlahovich, and Sally Webster.

IWE: The exhibit will feature 3D mandala work by Larry Weekes, whose practice revolves around the idea of interconnection. His collages depict the energies of individuals that can be combined to create universal beauty.

Both exhibits will be held From September 10 – October 16, 2016.

Which exhibits will you be attending? Let us know!

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The 5 Most Famous Artists from New York

With millions of paintings all over the world, only a small amount of them have caused attention and made history. As New York is known as the art capital of the world, here is a list of the 5 Most Famous Artists from New York.

1. Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol was a famous American artist and well-known for his visual arts movement, which is also known as Pop Art. His creations of artwork explored the relationship between culture and artistic expression. Andy Warhol is best known for his notable work of 1966 film Chelsea Girls, 1963 painting Campbell’s Soup Cans, and his Exploding Plastic inevitable event in 1966.

2. Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Born and raised in New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat is best known for his abstraction and figuration style. His creative work focused on the neo-expressionist movement, covering topics like wealth, poverty, inner vs. outer self, segregation and integration, and so much more. He died of a drug overdose at the age of 27.

3. Jackson Pollock

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As an influential and prominent painter in the famous abstract expressionist movement. Drip painting was one of Paul Jackson Pollock’s unique skills, as well as having a very unique, volatile, and at times, unstable personality. He married fellow artist Lee Krasner, who played a significant role in his career and legacy. MoMA in New York

He married fellow artist Lee Krasner, who played a significant role in his career and legacy. MoMA in New York City, decided to put together a Pollock exhibition in memory of this revolutionary artist.

4. Roy Lichtenstein

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Roy Lichtenstein is an American pop artist who was born and raised in New York. He is also known as a leading figure in the New Art Moment. One of Roy’s main inspirations was comic books, and he used them extensively for his portfolio.Lichtenstein prefers to consider his pop art as industrial art rather than “American.” Today, his paintings are available for viewing at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City.

Lichtenstein prefers to consider his pop art as industrial art rather than “American.” Today, his paintings are available for viewing at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City.

5. Keith Haring

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Keith Haring was an American and social activist from the 1980s. He was famous for bringing to light issues such as sexuality, birth, death, and even war. His artwork is heavily political and recognized as the visual language of the 20th century. With the start of Pop Shop, he began showing socio-political themes such as AIDS awareness and anti-Apartheid. Haring is best known for his Crack Cocaine Epidemic piece. His work is available for viewing in private and public collections, including the Whitey Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and Amsterdam.

With the start of Pop Shop, he began showing socio-political themes such as AIDS awareness and anti-Apartheid. Haring is best known for his Crack Cocaine Epidemic piece. His work is available for viewing in private and public collections, including the Whitey Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and Amsterdam.

What other famous artists do you know are from New York? Let us know!

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4 Brilliant tips on renting an artist studio in Brooklyn

Unlike many high-end neighborhoods in New York City, Brooklyn has plenty of parks and space to grab fresh air and inspiration. Unlike in uptown New York, you’d be considered lucky to have a backyard or even a tree.

Here are 4 Brilliant Tips on Renting an Artist Studio in Brooklyn:

Tip #1: Use References & Word of Mouth

Using the word of mouth has lead artists to some of the best work and living spaces in Brooklyn. References come from friends or fellow acquaintances. Staying within your network will help you find the artist studio of your dreams in the area you want to be. Join Facebook groups to help you stay up to date with available studios in the market.

Tip #2: Use Online Sites & Resources

If you’re looking to rent an artist studio in Brooklyn, check out all the useful resources that focus on helping you find an art studio in the area. The best sites include Brokelyn. Brooklyn Fireproof and Brooklyn Art Council’s official website.

Take advantage of these studio type spaces as they often hold open studio events where you can meet other residents and check out if the area is right for you.

Tip #3: Share Your Space

Check out companies like WeWork or The Listings Project that offer shared workspaces for professionals. These are the non-sketchy versions of Craigslist for artists looking for studios to rent. They offer various levels of membership and space that range from a common, shared space to a complete private office. Subscribers will also receive updates on listings on a regular basis.

Tip #4: Consider Alternatives

Paying for a studio can be costly, especially for an artist. Getting free space through grants can also be competitive. Residences allow you to travel and meet fellow artists. They might also provide facilities and daily meals to help you get more work done.

If all else fails, consider Craigslist or look for unused garage spaces for rent. It’s local and cheap, so why not? Follow these tips to help you get started and find the studio to get your creative juices flowing.

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