Joannah Lodico

Joannah Lodico, originally from Ohio, is pursuing her Masters in Art Administration at the University of Michigan – Flint. Joannah graduated in 2009 with a B. A. in music performance and a minor in history from Trinity Christian College outside of Chicago. She enjoys music history, travel, nature, the beauty of imagination, theatre, literature, and art. She loves discovering new and experimental music, and will listen to almost anything at least once. She is excited to be interning with IAM this fall and being a part of IAM’s next chapter.

The Art of Gifting

While flying home for the holidays, after an amazing 2 months in New York City, I was greeted by the front cover of Airtrans Go Magazine: The Artistic Process By Allison Weiss Entrekin with assistance from Rachelle Hicks.

Allison writes,

I’m what you might call an art idiot. I’ve never purchased an original piece; I don’t know how to pronounce curator (“CURE-a-tor?” “Cur-A-tor?”). But on this trip to New York City,I’m going to get a crash course in the art world and buy something incredible for my grandmother. Because I’m too much of an idiot to be intimidated.

Check out the enjoyable journey here, you might discover something new.


My Kind of Roller Coaster

By Thomas MayerI’m not a huge fan of roller coasters, but this one would be my cup of tea. A roller coaster staircase under construction in Duisburg, Germany by Heike Mutter + Ulrich Genth.

From the article:

The walkable, large outdoor sculpture Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain is currently in construction on the Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in Duisburg Wanheim (D). It overtops the plateau with the artificially heaped-up mountain by 21m | 23yd so the visitor can rise by more than 45m | 49yd above the level of the landscape and enjoy an impressive view over the Rhine. The curved flight of stairs inscribes like a signature on the landscape and recruits the nimbus of the classical roller coaster. Having a closer look, the public is disappointed in a disarming way. The visitor climbs on foot via differently steep steps the roller-coaster-sculpture.

To read more and see more pictures taken by Thomas Mayer go here.

(via Arch Daily)

Breathtaking Visions of the Earth

Ole Christian Salomonsen captured this breathtaking view of the  northern lights in Norway and is one of the many photos featured in National Geographic’s photo book, Visions of the Earth.

From National Geographic’s youtube channel:

“Our world offers moments of inspiration and awe — and these opportunities are everywhere we look. “Visions of Earth,” a new book from National Geographic, raises a curtain on the wonders of the world with amazing photography and facts about our planet in a gallery of stunning landscapes, fascinating people, amazing animals, and unexpected glimpses of the usual and unusual.”

Watch a preview video to see more of the amazing photos featured.





Novel Art

In Geoff Dyer’s article, The Art of the Novel, Dyer reflects on Penguin Classic novels from the 1970’s and the cover art associated with them.

Dyer writes,

“The use of different paintings meant each book was a “modern classic” in its own particular way. ..I saw my first-ever Hopper — or a detail of one at any rate, showing a couple in folding chairs, staring into a radioactive sky — on the cover of “One” by David Karp (who seems subsequently to have dropped from the pantheon of Modern Classics)…Since then the happiest moments in 35 years of museum-going have occurred when I’ve seen these Penguin Modern Classic paintings on a gallery wall. Especially since the cover often showed only a detail of the original. Seeing the works themselves revealed exactly what had been lost, though I invariably saw it the other way around, with the painting as an expanded version of the Penguin original.”

Reading his article reminded me of  when I buy a classic novel, the aesthetic look of the book is just as important to me as the contents.

Check out more of his musing here.






The Inspiring Work of Jim Denevan

Over at, “Supporting the Work of Inspiring Individuals,” you read about and see the largest work of art created by landscape artist Jim Denevan. Denevan created his art in Siberia on the frozen Lake Baikal in March 2010.

From the website’s feature video:

“The peace that Jim gets into when he’s drawing – he’s really interacting with his environment. He’s looking all around the horizone at every single point. When he’s doing it he’s really in the moment; he’s really living. I think that’s enlightenment in a way, you know?”

Check out Jim’s breathtaking creation here.


Handwriting:An Elegy

I want to thank my mother for teaching me cursive. My writing today is more half-cursive/half-print, but it’s mine and I use it to write notes, lists, and personal letters when I have the time and patience. Ann Wroe reflects on the dying art of handwriting with intelligence and beauty in her article, Handwriting: An Elegy.

Wroe finds joy in the details:

“The instrument matters but, for the moment, seize anything. The old fountain pen, so familiar that it nestles like a warm fifth finger in the crook of the thumb, its clip slightly shaky with over-use; the pencil, its lead half-blunt and not quite steady in that smooth cone of wood; the ultra-fine felt tip from the office cupboard, with its no-nonsense simplicity, or the ancient mapping pen, nibbed like a bird’s claw, which surely writes only in copperplate, scratching fiercely as it goes. Seize even a ball-point, though its line is mean and thin, and though teachers will tell you that nothing ruins writing faster. Dip, fill or shake vigorously; and write.”

Her article is thought provoking and makes you ask yourself, “when was the last time I sent a handwritten letter to a friend?”

After reading her article, maybe you will feel inspired to revive the art of handwriting.




A Coconut Cake From Emily Dickinson

In her article, A Coconut Cake From Emily Dickinson: Reclusive Poet, Passionate Baker, Nelly Lambert looks at Emily’s passion in baking. Lambert writes,

“Dickinson discussed baking in many of her letters — evincing both her trademark wit and a zest for life that belies the common image of her as a depressed figure. Note the animation in her letter to a friend about some burnt caramel rule: “I enclose Love’s ‘remainder biscuit,’ somewhat scorched perhaps in baking, but ‘Love’s oven is warm.’ Forgive the base proportions.”

Read the article here, which includes Emily’s original coconut cake recipe. If you venture to make the cake, make sure you savor it while reading some of Emily’s poems.




Couples Who Play Together Stay Together

Check out a heartwarming piano performance by a couple of 62 years.

YouTube user havelah‘s video description:

“An elderly couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They’ve been married for 62 years and he’ll be 90 this year. Check out this impromptu performance. We are only as old as we feel, it’s all attitude. Enjoy! They certainly do.”

Watch the video here.

(Via boingboing)

Unlocking an Artist’s Memory

Guy Raz, weekend host of All Things Considered on NPR,  published an article on artist Lonni Sue Johnson, who contracted viral encephalitis in 2007, which destroyed parts of her brain and her work.

In the article, How Crossword Puzzles Unlocked An Artist’s Memory, Raz writes,

“The encephalitis took away many of Johnson’s old memories, like her marriage of 10 years and her illustrious art career. But the way she was able to retain certain other memories — and her ability to draw — are mysteries.”

Read the article or listen to the story to find out how a team of researchers aspire to learn about what Johnson remembers and how word puzzles can open her mind and art.


Beautiful Time Lapse by Dustin Farrell

I remember taking a family trip to Utah when I was a young girl. For some reason I didn’t want to go, but once I got there, something magical happened, I fell in love with the natural landscape and a passion for travel was born. The Utah trip changed my life. When watching Dustin Farrell’s breathtaking landscape time lapse videos, especially the shots taken in Utah, I was reminded of the west and its magic.

Sit back, relax, and take in the breathtaking beauty thatDustin Farrell captured and created.



Tribute to J. S. Bach

Classical Archives discovered a commercial for a cell phone that featured J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”

This is what they had to say about the commerical,

“Earlier this year, Sharp Electronics introduced a dazzling commercial to promote its new Touch Wood SH-O8C cell phone, featuring the music of J.S. Bach. The commercial featured an elaborate construction of hundreds of individually shaped and precisely tuned wooden bars – an enormous xylophone, if you will – placed on a gradually sloped hillside in a Japanese forest. With a background of flowing water and chirping birds, a wooden ball descends hundreds of feet across these bars, sounding out the obbligato melody from Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (from Cantata No.147). The results are both impressive and quite moving. How this promoted sales, we’re not sure, but it sure got our attention – and admiration.”

Watch the commercial here, to see and hear a fantastic performance of Bach’s music on a innovative wooden “xylophone.”

Ten Ways to Overcome Writers’ Block

If you are a writer, you know the frustration you get when you are moving forward, creativity flowing from your fingers, and then it just…stops. You’ve hit a block. In the article, The 10 Types of Writers’ Block (and How to Overcome Them),  Charlie Jane Anders, writer for io9, gives some helpful advice on pushing past those stubborn blocks.

Anders writes,

“Part of why Writer’s Block sounds so dreadful and insurmountable is the fact that nobody ever takes it apart. People lump several different types of creative problems into one broad category. In fact, there’s no such thing as “Writer’s Block,” and treating a broad range of creative slowdowns as a single ailment just creates something monolithic and huge. Each type of creative slowdown has a different cause — and thus, a different solution.”

Check out the solutions here.




Laughter, One Balloon Hat at a Time

Addi Somekh realized he could make people laugh at the age of 19 when he became a balloon twister. He travels around the world giving people balloon hats and documenting people’s reactions through photos.

“There are some things that connect all human beings…laughter being one of those things…laughter sounds the same in every language.”

Check out Addi’s video, Balloon Hat Experience, and his website, The Varieties of the Balloon Hat Experience.


Practice Makes Perfect?


In the article When Practice Alone Isn’t Enough, Corinna Da Fonseca-Wollheim looks at performance psychologist Noa Kageyama and his work with musicians who cope with solo performance pressure. I found this article fascinating, since I personally know the pressures of solo performance. I think the article gives good insight into practicing and performing: just because you practice does not always guarantee a flawless performance.

Mr. Kageyama, a violinist himself,

“Knows first-hand how hard musicians work in the practice room—and how that alone does not prepare for the stress of solo performance. “Given the sacrifice we put in, it’s intensely frustrating to get up on stage and not have what you know to be capable of come out,” he says. “And it’s even worse when you don’t know why.” His job, he says, is not so much focused on anxiety as on “taking people who are already great and helping them be great under pressure.”

Performance psychologist at the University of Oklahoma, Bill Moore states,

“Music schools are very much practice-based,” Mr. Moore says. “The goal is not to play; the goal is to be correct. There’s a lot of individual instruction, a lot of solo practice time during which you self-monitor, analyze and correct mistakes. Yes, that’s how you get better. But if you do any of these in a performance, you’re dead.”




“Get Your Art!”

Check out Papergirl San Francisco, a mail-art and delivery systems art project. Artwork from all over the world is delivered like a newspaper by bicycle.

Over at Metafilter, they had this to say about the project:

Papergirl was founded in Berlin by Aisha Ronniger and has been carried out once a year in the summer since 2006. It began as a response to a tightening of German graffiti laws. Papergirl SF is the San Francisco division of the original Berlin Papergirl Project. Papergirl SF seeks to bring art to people in a new, exciting and participatory way; directly and freely by bicycle.”

You can submit your art work till Saturday, October 8, 2011. All the artwork will be distributed Saturday, October 29th, 2011.