MORE THAN JUST A SHOE

February 16, 2017 2:58 PM
MORE THAN JUST A SHOE

Oakland Museum of California presents sneakers as art objects with rich history PICTURES COURTESY OF OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA Since the late 1800s, when London police officers began quietly sneaking up on criminals with a newly- designed rubber soled shoes, the sneaker has become part of the fabric of athletic, cultural and even political life. Sneakers, which were first called plimsolls, can reveal everything from race and class to political affiliation. Recently, they ran head on into political controversy. In November, New Balance’s public support of President Trump’s protectionist policies led a Neo-Nazi blog to declare the brand “the official […]

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THROUGH AN iPHONE, DARKLY

February 3, 2017 3:21 PM
THROUGH AN iPHONE, DARKLY

Photographer uses smartphone to capture haunting images for new exhibit “It takes an eye and a vision. Anyone can snap a photo, but if the composition and subject aren’t interesting, all the apps in the world won’t help.” Susan Parini, the Development Manager at Peralta Colleges Foundation, is also a master of visionary, often-haunting iPhone photographs. Using apps such as “Color Splash” and “Extreme Black and White,” Parini angles, blurs and colorizes her artistic path, transforming simple iPhone photos into extraordinary fine art. Her bewitching work, entitled, “Repeated Footsteps: curious iPhone images,” is on display at the Laney College’s William […]

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