The Arts

“Comparing Ancient Architecture” by Joseph O’Donnell

Monday, January 14th, 2013
Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell, Jr.

For my essay I will be comparing ancient architecture of western world to revival architecture in United States of American. It is true that some of our founding fathers had traveled aboard and brought back reflections of what they had seen. This evident in the monuments and the government build across the country. Some of the most powerful examples can be seen right here in the nation’s capital, of Washington, D.C.

The Washington Monument is the city’s focal point of all the monuments that decorate the capital. Its design is based on Egyptian obelisks that were found throughout that country. The building height requirements in the capital district state that no building can be taller then twelve stories, so as not to obstruct the view of this important land mark. A fine comparison of this is the obelisk erected to Thutmose III, who ruled Egypt from 1479 to 1425. This monument was transported to Constantinople by emperor Theodosius I in 390. The similarities between this and Washington Monument is strikingly obvious.  The Egyptian obelisk is made out of stone, while the George Washington Monument is made out of Marble. The Obelisk of Theodosius stands today at 19.5 meters or 63.97638 feet, while the George Washington Monument stands at 555 feet 5 1/8 inches. (more…)

TAEM interview with artist Bobby Oyawusi

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Bobby OyawusiTAEM- Our publication, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine, would like to touch upon one of the major cornerstones of our magazine, Art. Art is portrayed in our every day lives. From pictures, to film, and even advertising. We don’t believe most people knows how it affects them, no less reaches out to catch their attention. One constant influence of art is in advertising. Art helps advertisers connect with the buying public. It helps move products by first catching your attention, then focusing it on the subject in question. One such artist is Bobby Oyawusi, whose stunning displays are both pivotal to view and pleasing to the eye. Bobby, what art courses and training did you undertake to achieve this dream ? 

BO- Good question this is probably one of the biggest hurdles I have to get over, I actually didn’t realize I wanted to get into art and advertising until a couple years ago.  I studied pre-med in college. However, I would always jot down these ideas and concepts I had and one day a co-worker suggested that I try to execute them. I got a lot of good feedback so I just kept at it, I realized I liked it I realized a whole lot actually, I kind of have a mild obsession with perfection and I think the world should see it as I do. (more…)

Joseph J. O’Donnell’s My Virginia: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, June 29th, 2012

   The Commonwealth of Virginia is truly a magical place to live in. There are many sites to visit for recreation, cultural, and leisurely endeavors. One of the crown jewels to visit is The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in nearby Washington, DC. I had recently asked John R. Dow and Amanda K. Ritchie, from the Center, for their input for this article. Both John and Amanda have forwarded the following historical background’s and picture’s of the Center for our publication, so that our readers can get a glimpse of its history and architectural splendor. They have also included the events taking place there during this month of July so that our readers can plan on attending them.

The Center was named after the late president John F. Kennedy, who had strived to make this country a better place for all Americans to live in. From his challenge to place a man on the moon, to the equalities that he sought for all our citizens, he has become the enlightenment for all of us. One of the most outstanding quotes of his was :

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.”

Ÿ President John F. Kennedy

It was in this image that the Center honors his name. I do hope that the readers will enjoy the following information that I had been given to pass along.

JOD  (more…)