NOVEMBER 07, 2014
“We all know that being out in nature enhances our well-being. How many can afford to do so on a routine basis?”
Jan Johnsen tells us all about her love for beautiful gardens. In “Heaven is a Garden” from PKN Garrison, Vol. 7 she states that being in nature enhances our well-being, and encourages everyone to transform their yards into places of serenity. Jan emphasises the importance of finding one’s niche within these delightful, natural spaces.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
Why share 2D snapshots when we could be sharing mulit-dimensional experiences?
Zak Niazi speaks about the constantly changing technological landscape, and how cameras -- digital and analog -- have more or less stayed the same.
In “Immersive Imaging” from PKN Garrison Vol. 7, he speaks about new methods of immersing the viewer in the image, rather than just limiting our photographic media to a simple, two-dimensional rectangle. Zak believes in a future where we will be able to share our experiences, rather than just our snapshots.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
We are what we repeatedly do. And what we repeatedly do has a tremendous impact on the people around us.
Kelley Amadei has lots of bad habits. Habit is a word we toss around, but habits, as she says, are very personal. In “You and Your Bad Habits: Why it’s Not All Your Fault” from PKN Garrison Vol. 7, Kelley speaks about the research she has done to understand why our brains are constantly seeking the satisfaction of bad habits.
AUGUST 11, 2014
Reproducing Spanish Royalty
See how Velazquez's portraits highlight the inbreeding rampant in Spanish royalty:
Researcher Michelle Vaughn discusses copies, genetics, history, and portait paintings. She goes into depth on the portraits Diego Velazquez was commissioned to create of the family of Spanish King Philip IV -- a family notorious for in-breeding. In "Reproducing Spanish Royalty" from PKN Garrison Vol. 6, Michelle discusses the digital works of art she has created that tell stories about the nature of replication, incest, and Velazquez' painterly techniques.
AUGUST 08, 2014
It may seem impossible to trace something like a memory, a movement, or something that is too large to see all at once.
However, in "Tracing Something that Isn't There" from PKN Garrison Vol. 5, Theresa Gooby takes on this idea and develops it into a series that shows what is missing in disused spaces such as an empty apartment, an old shipping port, a crumbling house, and an over 300 mile long river.
JUNE 24, 2014
"Sometimes singing and dancing, the women tea-pluckers chatter all day."
Juliana Post goes through the long and hard day in the life of a Darjeeling tea leaf-plucker.
As we see in "The Tea Darlings of Darjeeling" from PKN Garrison Vol. 6, most of these plantation workers are women who receive approximately $1.50 for a day's work. Yet, as Juliana points out, the women chatter happily with each other throughout the day.
JUNE 10, 2014
Everyone knows of William Shakespeare, but are the facts about him true?
Barbara Hobens doesn't believe it for a second, and in fact denounces him as the true author of the classic plays and writings. In "Most Successful Fraud in History: William Shakespeare" from PKN Garrison Vol. 5, rather than entertain notions of common knowledge, she gives convincing evidence on how the noble Edward de Vere is likely the true Shakespeare we know and love.
APRIL 21, 2014
Take a tour through the home of legendary architect and Bauhaus director, Walter Gropius:
In "Tea with Mrs. Gropius" from PKN Garrison Vol. 5, Chuck Berleigh talks about the revolutionary design and architecture of the Gropius House created by Walter Gropius, a the founder of the Bauhaus, almost 75 years ago. With the house's conscious use of light, non-custom-made components, and creation of a unique atmosphere for each room in the house, it is truly a model of good, modern design and revolutionary for its time.
APRIL 09, 2014
If dihedral doors, carbon-fiber chassis, and airbrakes rev your engine, this one is for you:
With the need for speed and style, no doubt you're in need of a Britsh sports car -- at least in Nick Groombridge's opinion you are. In "British Sports Cars: Why I Always Need Another One" from PKN Garrison Vol. 5, Nick showcases four British cars in his collection and talks about them individually; explaining how they are made and what makes them unique.
JANUARY 24, 2014
Experiences we have in our youth can dramatically affect the trajectory of our life. What events in your young life have impacted you?
Artist Jill Shoffiett speaks of her childhood friend Mamie, and Mamie's mysterious and inscrutable Vietnam veteran father, Darrell. In "Darrell's Party Hole and Other Battlegrounds" from PKN Garrison Vol. 4, she spins us lenghty tales of Darrell's odd habits of digging, building, and moving his family from place to place. Jill discusses the influence Darrell, and her young experiences have had on her, and how it inspirits her art. Check out more of her work here.