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Asian Culture Club’s Lunar New Year party

Zoe Gray, Writer; Photographer January 26, 2024

On February 8th, the Asian Culture Club will be throwing a Lunar New Year party from 3-5 p.m. after school. This party will be held in the Large Group Room and there will be food, games and more.  Lunar...

South Speaks: Golden Globes host stirs up controversy

Cricket Shelton, Staff Writer January 12, 2024

“Oppenheimer is based on a 721-page Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the Manhattan Project, and Barbie is [based] on a plastic doll with big boobies!” This is just one of the many remarks that...

Dance Marathon Color Wars

Sloane Barrett, Staff Writer December 6, 2023

Dance Marathon is hosting a free color wars event Friday, Dec 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Purple Gym.   There will be four different colors, each color assigned to two committees. The members...

1989 (Taylor’s Version) Review

Zoe Gray, Writer; Photographer November 10, 2023

As of Friday, Oct.27, Taylor Swift released her re-recorded version of her hit pop album: 1989. Previously released on Oct. 27, 2014, it instantly became a world-renowned success and my favorite album....

JAnuary 19th mini rule of thirds

HEY MS MILLS! Is it Mrs Mills or MS Mills? This wacky week I sure got a whole lotta stuf done! BOy let me tell you. Firstly, this is Sander John Morseth if you were unsure before, just so you know and this week I really got down and dirty and really piled on the work. There was this one day where I took like 100 photos of the art hallway. BUT NOT JUST THE HALLWAY! no no no! I even ascertained photos exhibiting our students and their artistic capabilities, these photos captured the mind and body that art tries so vividly to contain, often left barren due either to the lack of connection from viewer to begetter or to the expressions lost to the conscience of time, devouring culture as it ticks forward leaving only the remnants of art to supply and make due for what little we know. How else can one attempt to capture the state of the world but in pastel or charcoal? And with such versatile tools, best of which being the mind you are born with, limitless creativity and perspective singular to you, its only natural for art to form the past we’ve grown to perceive. But this isnt fair. Why do we let one man define the brilliance of our time? Is it not right to capture all of which the majority has suffered? This brings up the question I must ask: Have the trials of art fooled the many scholars and brilliant minds we rely on? Is the drivel conceived in recent years an accurate depiction of today? And if not, do the paintings, sculptures and jewelry we study follow the same pattern of nonsense? Its only natural to believe so and what else is there to rely on? 
We may take works such as Liberty Leading the People as factual, its practically as real as a photograph of the event, right? Now you may question that and refute, “Of course not, it merely captures what the event of the fall of King Charles felt like to the people. That doesnt mean that event really occurred.” But do you understand the gravity of what thinking like this does? It allows us to continue taking artistic works as fact under the false narrative that it may not really have occurred. We are choosing to believe in (and thus rely on) works we know not to be true. Therein lies an issue. Some of the worlds greatest artists have devolved into madness: Van Gogh, Munch, Dickens, Woolf, Kahlo & Tchaikovsky to name a few. If not mad, depressed like Michaelangelo. We see the past through shades tinted by the devastation of schizophrenia, anxiety, insanity and depression. Which is hardly an appropriate way to study our past. But, perhaps the illnesses influencing these artists mirror what society was to the average citizen. Maybe, this is actually what we can take away from the art we have left from devastated culture. If all that remains from civilizations of war and terror, and all they display the travesties of pre-modernist life, that may well be what we should take away. But after more thinking- you begin to circulate around the same idea. How do we even factualize this analysis? Can we? The problem with this line of questions is it can never truly be answered because we cannot go back to exist in this time. Thus we are left in a period without the answers to a past we cling to for such. If we perceive the artists feelings and background to represent the majority’s feelings and background we must too dismiss the idea that schizophrenia and insanity are solely centralized to this one artist. Which is a possible reality, but is it a realistic one?
I believe what creators like Van gogh expected us to take away from his work, as he delved into insanity, was not the society he lived in, but instead something closer to what represented the feelings he exhibited under paranoid schizophrenia. After all, he knew not of the eminence of his art. That existed long after his death. Art, to Van gogh especially, became an outlet for mental illness and showing what that meant, especially in his time where one would be executed for such behavior. How does this theory relate today? Actually- Surprisingly well. Especially in an era so open to the extent of our own mental illnesses, local or small artists often use their feelings as a subject of their work. But often its quite literal, unlike previous, dated, iterations. Returning to the initial question, can we rely on the prospect of art from the past to illustrate events and culture. I believe we can, but we must adjust the angle we look at this at. Rather than focusing on events that may have taken place, because if we do we take bias as fact, we should centralize where exactly the artist may have found inspiration for his or her own artistic liberty. From anything like the colors used, line techniques, even the subject matter, all contribute to the health, mind, and perspective of the artist, which is an important depictor of the past. It may seem wrong to base our notions along the health of artists and creators specific to our time, but who better to? What else do we have? Documents or anecdotes recovered from the same period can indeed show us the consistency of important conjuncture however rarely does it reveal what they may make the people feel. The inner workings of man and character. I believe a combination of both art and documentation can show what exactly makes and inspires people to act.
How do we perceive this today? With art being so important to people that it remains an option among many for classes to take at the highschool level, should we even take seriously the young minds creation? Why, of course. Seldom do we see examples of young famous artists and therefore how they feel throughout history. Perhaps this change in the significance of art is what a society needs to open up to each other to find a way to survive. The young mind is the early mind, even van gogh was once young and was once sane. Perhaps a healthy exhibition of his art could have prevented his fate. Therefore by putting young art and ideas into the attention of the public we can remind ourselves that by stopping cultural issues at the youngest level, we can limit the possibilities of shared devastation.
While one may trivialize the significance of taking a few pictures of students creating art. That photographer, an artist themself, is taking a step towards freedom. A step to come back to life.We need not to forget the past and art from it (if such is what you take away from my analysis I suggest you to read again) but we must observe it more carefully, and analyze it beyond the subject. Take a look behind the painting and capture what motivated the artist to create.

Fortnite just got rebooted…

Sander Morseth, FNCS Qualifier November 3, 2023

It's been over four years since Fortnite moved on from Chapter 1. Those couple years that Fortnite ran in its prime generated nearly $5.4 billion for Epic Games, its proprietor. Over $20 million was shared...

Mrs. Parkers fat bear bracket

It’s unBEARable how fat these bears are-Fat Bear Week 2023

Zoe Gray, Writer; Photographer October 17, 2023

Bear fanatics all over the country participate in National Fat Bear Week during the month of October. This is a two week event, where people vote for their favorite fat bear in Katmai National Park in...

“Oppenhiemer” Review: The Man who Changed Everything

Jordis Kieffer, Writer August 25, 2023

Oppenheimer is a three-hour long breathtaking film filled with drama, science, and concentration, leaving you on the edge of your seat as everything comes together. It makes sense that it could be...

Our Weird Barbies

The impact of Barbie

Zoe Gray, Writer; Photographer August 13, 2023

  As I walked into the theater, the room was filled to the brim with young girls, most wearing pink tutus and holding their barbie close to their chest. They were soon followed by their mothers...

Safari #3

Safari #3

Kiefer Kettenis, Cartoonist April 27, 2023

The D&D movie is action-comedy done right

Giovanni Lopes, Staff Writer April 14, 2023

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is a tropey, impressively comedic film that doesn’t take itself seriously, which is a refreshing change of pace from the more “serious” films that have...

Safari #2

Safari #2

Kiefer Kettenis, Cartoonist April 5, 2023

Get ready to jitterbug: Swing Dance is April 6

Giovanni Lopes, Staff Writer April 4, 2023

If you’re a fan of dancing and great music, come join BHSS Band’s Annual Swing Dance! The event includes live big-band music, a free dance class, and a newly added silent auction. The live music is...

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