Colors and patterns embody the work of a Towson University’s senior BFA project

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Photo by: Melissa Gessner/TU Student

Towson University recently held their Senior Exhibition on Thursday, April 10. Showcasing all the hard work the seniors have been putting into their art throughout the semester. One student, in particular, is Gosnel McDermott. He is a Digital Art and

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Photo by: Gosnel Mcdermott/TU Student

Design major who focuses on animation, illustration, design, and photography.

At the exhibition, one of his pieces that was showcased was his Senior BFA project, titled Mind, Body, and Soul. Being the first Towson student to utilize MadMapper for a BFA, he wanted to capture the true essence of the thought process, blood vessels, and inner chakras through animation and projection mapping. The mannequin represented the mind, body, and soul as one, reflecting the video files of various patterns and abstract objects.

Leading up to Gosnel’s recent artistry, he was always drawn to many art outlets—one being drawing. “My background is definitely in drawing and painting,” he mentions.

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Photo by: Gosnel Mcdermott/TU Student

It’s no surprise his BFA project involved conceptual patterns, since he was “never into drawing subjects,” and continues on to add how he’s always “liked creating abstract patterns, or patterns that kind of represent something.”

“Instead of creating a subject, I’m taking a subject and kind of making it my own.” Gosnel’s way of origniality can be seen in not just his BFA project or drawing, but in his photography work as well. Taking models and adding much more to the image than just the standard portraits, he joins together his subjects with his vision of color and patterns.

The passion in his voice was so prevalent when discussing the importance of art. “It’s basically my entire being. Everything around me is art and I feel like I could not do anything else.” Although art is of value to Gosnel, he still recommends certain tactics to keep in mind when pursuing your dream in the arts. “Work hard, get to know people, and don’t let logistics hold you back from your goals, but also do your research and figure out how you’re going to do things.”

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Photo by: Gosnel Mcdermott/TU Student

When coming up with themes or concepts for his photoshoots, Gosnel has also worked on not letting the logistics hold him back from cultivating the final product. “I have to get the models, the clothes, the makeup artists, camera gear, and lights.”

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Photo by: Gosnel Mcdermott/TU Student

“Be very aware of how you want to execute a project, but don’t let those factors limit you from what you want to do.” The way Gosnel has evolved in his craft, in himself, and in the art scene is by being conscious with every step when completing a project and still having his creativity flow.

Gosnel mentions how one way someone can enter the art scene and network with other artists in Baltimore is getting involved with Creative Labs. Even though it may require membership with the organization, you’re more likely able to make connections with more innovative individuals.

 

 

 

 

 

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Art and Lights bring Baltimore residents together

To switch things up this week, we’re not going to be sitting down and chatting with a local artist, but rather exploring and discussing the art that occurs all around us. Baltimore, and any major city, is constantly flourishing in art. One way, of course, out of many ways, Baltimore is flourishing with art recently is with Light City, which occured this month.

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Photo by: Grace Hebron

Many think of Light City and automatically think of the Inner Harbor, as mentioned in this article by Baltimore Sun. While that may be true, the Inner Harbor is only one of many neighborhoods in Baltimore that put on a lit art show.

Although this is an event that occurs only once every year in April, it has many benefits on the city. It’s a way for local artists to come and work together and bring their creations to life. While they work on making Baltimore more attractive for the time being with their art, they also compete for a monetary prize. This was introduced this year, with 12 organizations participating.

Considering the reputation often associated with Baltimore being one of America’s murder capitals, having an event like this a great way to bring the neighbors of Baltimore and the city together in a more positive light.

The 14 neighborhoods listed are: Baybrook, Belair-Edison and Hamilton-Lauraville, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, Darley Park, Federal Hill, Highlandtown, Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore, Little Italy, Locust Point, Paterson Park, Remington, Pigtown/Washington Village, and Waverly.

Each neighborhood had a variety of things to offer, whether that be art, music, craft-making, showcases, or party. One exact way the Light City brought together the

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residents of Baltimore, specifically in Baybrook, is by having an animated film and have the residents share their thoughts on Baltimore over the past 100 years.

While you’re enjoying all that was Baltimore Light City, you might as well grab some food from a local food truck as well to get the full experience.

Along with the neighborhoods listed, the communities that participated in the showcase for the monetary prize were Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn, Roland Park’s Gilman School, Govan’s Gateway, The Hampden Community Council, Fell’s Point Light Festival, Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association, Park Heights community, The Pratt Library’s 16th annual Fairy Tale Extravaganza, The Shekhinah in Carrollton Ridge, Oliver Community Association, and  Washington Hill’s The Mix Church.

Featuring their own creation of light, each of the neighborhoods put on a presentation for the locals. They also put on not just a light show, but a whole festival of activities,

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interacting with the local residents, with the community they are in, and with Baltimore as a whole.

Art is not always about the final piece or whether it’s likeable, it can also be something simple to bring those together for the better and not be so caught up in all that is going wrong. Light City Baltimore is a great way to get the community involved in something for the better. Your best bet is to approach art just as you would with any culture by fully immersing yourself to get a once in a lifetime experience.

Polo navigates his way with networking

At the age of 12, Pocholo Itona—also known as Polo—found himself playing the bass in unnameda band with his friends. At the age of 16, he was introduced to camera work. Although Polo began both his passions in music and photography, he wanted to make his way into the music and photography scenes to work with others. Even if it meant learning the ins and outs just to break some along the way.

One summer, he began what is now known on YouTube as My Parents’ Basement Sessions. He would reach out to local bands and performers, asking to record an intimate acoustic session of them performing their original music. Bringing together his love for music and the camera.

Being active with his YouTube, Polo learned how to network with bands that are in or around the area. Networking not only connected him to the music scene like he had been trying to get into, but also introduced unnamed-3“musicians to always jam with or bands to book shows with.”

Along with My Parents’ Basement Sessions, he began traveling with the bands he met and worked with. He incorporated his photography by having photoshoots as well with the bands that got a session on his channel.

Due to working with the camera so much with his acoustic sessions, Polo slowly inched his way into the photography scene. In the midst of networking and meeting bands at their shows, he decided to start shooting photos at the shows too.

This then branched into other types of photography he grew an interest in. He began working more photography jobs than jobs that required video and audio. One being with a photography company towards the end of his senior year of high school. He was able to get experience in the studio and learn how to professionally edit pictures and send them out.

“I got into the studio and didn’t really know what I was doing,” he adds. Luckily, the company was willing to teach Polo everything in the business and have him work with a lot of Adobe applications such as Premiere, Illustrator, and Lightroom. “So if you’re shooting bands over and over again in the same scene, how do you organize it?” He unnamed-1mentions how the company taught him ways to keep one’s work organized, which was to organize by night and date.

Once he left the studio, Polo realized how there were so many rules that he was following, yet still found himself displeased with the results. “I didn’t realize that there were so many guidelines I was following, and I thought, what if I break these rules or do something different?”

This not only changed the outcome of his photography, but music as well. He began applying the same thought process to every form of art medium. Especially in his own music he has produced through his Bandcamp.

“I was using the rules to become a better photographer and then it made me want to become a better musician by learning all the rules and learning why everything works,” he remarked. “The two opposite pillars helped each other flourish.”

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Towson student enjoys her search through the music scene

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetArt is one of the best ways to express yourself.  We all do it through one form or another. For some, it may be through writing—like myself.  For others, like Chanté Walker, it’s through music.

I spoke with Chanté not just about music and what she has uploaded on her SoundCloud, but her inspirations and how she got into her passion as well.

It all began at the age of six at her local YMCA.  Her first inspiration for music was—like any kid in 2006—High School Musical.  Later on, she started going to the YWCA. They held fashion shows, and while that may be one’s way of art expression, it just wasn’t for Chanté.  Her and her younger sister suggested they have music performance shows. The next step then led the two of them leading all the singing competitions.

As Chanté progressed, she one day “picked up a computer and played with these bogus websites with preloaded beats that were terrible, but it was better than sitting there doing nothing.”  She asked for an iMac from her parents so she could delve into GarageBand. From then on, her SoundCloud was born.

On her SoundCloud, you can find covers ranging from up and coming artists like Sabrina Claudio, to artists that have made their mark in the music realm like Tamia.  Although her biggest inspirations are Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, and Ciara. Along with music, Chanté has been into dancing and performance as well, which is why her biggest inspirations are also ones who know how to entertain and put on a show.

One chunk of advice Chanté recommends for anyone trying to get into the music scene or performance scene around the Towson and Baltimore area, is to “not be held back by what other people are doing.”  She goes on to how many people may look so established or know what they are doing, but everyone has to start somewhere—even if that means the bottom.

“Not everyone had their production.  Not everyone had their friends,” she mentions.  “They were just on their own.” Chanté, too, is still trying to find her way in the music scene, but she has not stopped herself.  “It just takes someone to actually say something and find people to vibe with and that’s how they got to where they are today.”

Lately, she’s been trying to get into making music with other people.  “One way I’m going to try to get more exposure is through connections.”  She mentions how collaborating with the people around you, especially at a school full of people who share a passion for making art and music, are essential in not only creating something new, but opens doors for new innovation.

If Chanté had not shared her ideas of cultivating a new performance geared towards singing at the YWCA, she might not have then moved onto playing with bogus website beats, GarageBand, or her SoundCloud.  The most important thing to keep in mind, no matter what kind of art you produce, is to “enjoy the ride, enjoy the journey.”