Friday, September 21


Alumna Nikita Gale’s “Proposal: Soft Surround System” is on display until Sept. 2 at the Hammer Museum as part of the “Made in L.A.” series. Gale said she was inspired by rock ’n’ roll music as well as the connections people have with their social and political environments while making art. (Courtesy of Jeff McLane/56 Henry)

Artist considers intersections of rock ’n’ roll and protest in installation

Alumna Nikita Gale used a theory found in The Beach Boys’ music to inspire her current exhibition at the Hammer Museum. The theory involves taking one note and repeating it in a multitude of voices, making it sound more forceful than it would with just a single voice, she said. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Nikita Gale’s “Proposal: Soft Surround System” is on display until Sept. 2 at the Hammer Museum as part of the “Made in L.A.” series. Gale said she was inspired by rock ’n’ roll music as well as the connections people have with their social and political environments while making art. (Courtesy of Jeff McLane/56 Henry)

Alumna Nikita Gale’s “Proposal: Soft Surround System” is on display until Sept. 2 at the Hammer Museum as part of the “Made in L.A.” series. Gale said she was inspired by rock ’n’ roll music as well as the connections people have with their social and political environments while making art. (Courtesy of Jeff McLane/56 Henry)

Rising fourth-year financial actuarial mathematics student Leslie Young works as a tattoo artist at Evermore Tattoo Company. Young’s original tattoo designs, which she showcases on her Instagram page, reflect her Taiwanese-American upbringing. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Student tattoo artist finds connection and expression in ink

Loved ones and high school teachers told Leslie Young that pursuing art was unrealistic and financially straining. Nearly 100 tattoo clients later, Young has made her passion for the permanent art into a lucrative career. Read more...

Photo: Rising fourth-year financial actuarial mathematics student Leslie Young works as a tattoo artist at Evermore Tattoo Company. Young’s original tattoo designs, which she showcases on her Instagram page, reflect her Taiwanese-American upbringing. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Rising fourth-year financial actuarial mathematics student Leslie Young works as a tattoo artist at Evermore Tattoo Company. Young’s original tattoo designs, which she showcases on her Instagram page, reflect her Taiwanese-American upbringing. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

“The Art Couple” was recently nominated for a Stage Raw Theater Award for alumnus Corwin Evans' work in video and projection design. One scene in the play features Vincent Van Gogh presenting Paul Gauguin with a painting of sunflowers, where Evans had the projection of the painting zoom in and out and glide across the wall of the stage. (Courtesy of Darrett Sanders)

Alumnus visual designer uses projection to augment theater production

Vincent Van Gogh’s painting of sunflowers glided across the Sacred Fools Theater Company’s walls in “The Art Couple” – all because of a projector. The play tells the story of Neil Simon writing the first draft of the television series “The Odd Couple.” While leaving for his Catskills cabin with a busboy he meets at a bar, Simon continues to write his draft and discovers the two share a mutual fascination with artists Paul Gauguin and Van Gogh, who turn out to be the main subjects of his first draft. Read more...

Photo: “The Art Couple” was recently nominated for a Stage Raw Theater Award for alumnus Corwin Evans' work in video and projection design. One scene in the play features Vincent Van Gogh presenting Paul Gauguin with a painting of sunflowers, where Evans had the projection of the painting zoom in and out and glide across the wall of the stage. (Courtesy of Darrett Sanders)

“The Art Couple” was recently nominated for a Stage Raw Theater Award for alumnus Corwin Evans' work in video and projection design. One scene in the play features Vincent Van Gogh presenting Paul Gauguin with a painting of sunflowers, where Evans had the projection of the painting zoom in and out and glide across the wall of the stage. (Courtesy of Darrett Sanders)

"The Carton Tongue," a fictional short film created for an intensive summer film program, portrays the struggles many LGBTQ individuals face around the world. Blake McCormack plays Mourad, the closeted Moroccan jailer who encounters his imprisoned former lover. 
(Courtesy of Chelsea Giles)

Student short film hopes to expand depictions of LGBTQ community beyond US

Two former lovers circumvent their roles as prisoner and prison guard as they pass messages to each other through the inside of a milk carton in “The Carton Tongue.” The short film follows Salam, an imprisoned journalist and gay rights activist in Morocco who discovers that his jailer is his closeted former lover, Mourad. Read more...

Photo: "The Carton Tongue," a fictional short film created for an intensive summer film program, portrays the struggles many LGBTQ individuals face around the world. Blake McCormack plays Mourad, the closeted Moroccan jailer who encounters his imprisoned former lover. (Courtesy of Chelsea Giles)

"The Carton Tongue," a fictional short film created for an intensive summer film program, portrays the struggles many LGBTQ individuals face around the world. Blake McCormack plays Mourad, the closeted Moroccan jailer who encounters his imprisoned former lover. 
(Courtesy of Chelsea Giles)

Izzy Escobar released her debut song, "Broken Wings," celebrating growing from difficult situations. The incoming first-year musical theater student turned to music to overcome adversity, and has been writing music since she was 8 years old. (Courtesy of Izzy Escobar)

Incoming student rises above personal adversity in debut song “Broken Wings”

Izzy Escobar flies with broken wings every day. The incoming first-year musical theater student released her debut song “Broken Wings” on June 25, stemming from her experience of abuse from a stepparent, which she turned into inspiration for her music at a young age. Read more...

Photo: Izzy Escobar released her debut song, "Broken Wings," celebrating growing from difficult situations. The incoming first-year musical theater student turned to music to overcome adversity, and has been writing music since she was 8 years old. (Courtesy of Izzy Escobar)

Izzy Escobar released her debut song, "Broken Wings," celebrating growing from difficult situations. The incoming first-year musical theater student turned to music to overcome adversity, and has been writing music since she was 8 years old. (Courtesy of Izzy Escobar)

Alumna Gretchen McNeil's upcoming novel "#MurderTrending" takes place in a future where government-sanctioned executions are livestreamed via an app. Meant to serve as a commentary on the impact of social media, McNeil said the books reveals how the internet can magnify society's worst impulses. The young adult novel will be released Tuesday. 
(Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Alumna weaves together comedy, gore in new tale of mob mentality in social media

A double doorbell notification from an app, humorously referencing “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” signals gruesome death in Gretchen McNeil’s new book “#MurderTrending.” Huddled at her desk for nine weeks, the UCLA alumna said she produced a seemingly simple narrative following a teenager wrongly convicted of murder, layering it with broader commentary about the omnipresence of social media. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Gretchen McNeil's upcoming novel "#MurderTrending" takes place in a future where government-sanctioned executions are livestreamed via an app. Meant to serve as a commentary on the impact of social media, McNeil said the books reveals how the internet can magnify society's worst impulses. The young adult novel will be released Tuesday. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Alumna Gretchen McNeil's upcoming novel "#MurderTrending" takes place in a future where government-sanctioned executions are livestreamed via an app. Meant to serve as a commentary on the impact of social media, McNeil said the books reveals how the internet can magnify society's worst impulses. The young adult novel will be released Tuesday. 
(Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)