Loring Cornish – Mosaic Artist Worshipping Through Art

 

By Rohan Mattu

454 Words

Mosaic artist Loring Cornish has transformed his two Baltimore row homes into shimmering, faith infused, spectacular installations – with floors meticulously covered in coins, chandeliers comprised of discarded colored glass, and a shower of telephones.

Having one home in Fell’s Point, and another near Druid Hill Park, Cornish opens his homes for all to see, as visitors wander through the narrow, shimmering hallways, and see pieces that could have only been painstaking to create, one might wonder “why?”

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“My art is a form of my expression to God, “Cornish said. “I became an artist because I wanted to worship God full-time, without any interruptions. Out of my worship came art, it is a by product of my worship to God, that’s how I would explain my art. I never made up in my mind that I was going to be an artist.”

Cornish, who declined to give his age,  has always been religious. Raised in Baltimore, his grandfather was a deacon, and his mother instilled her father’s beliefs into her children.

Cornish learned his art through a sick friend in Los Angeles, whom he chose to stay with and take care of.

“As I was taking care of him, he taught me how to do mosaic art at his sick-bed, because I needed something to do as I wouldn’t leave his side,” Cornish said. “That’s how the art got into me, he was the best artist I had ever seen in my life.”

One of Cornish’s core sentiments is that of freedom in its purest form. He tries his best to avoid restraint from others, and he tries his best not to restrain his art.

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“I have to continue to be free, I can’t do what other people think should be done. I have to do me, I can’t do structure, my gallery doesn’t work like that,” Cornish said. “It’s important to me that I can worship God the way I want to with my art, whether I’m naked, or fully clothed, or shirtless, or cussing, or whatever. “

Cornish prefers most his time by himself, as he feels most liberated with himself. He wants to be able to turn his music up when he wants to, get out of bed when he wants to, and turn out the light when he wants to. His freedom and solitude is his way of worshipping god full-time, and his unique art is the embodiment of his devotion.

“It’s my freedom to be free as god has made me to be, without the stipulation of what religion or worship looks like.”

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Focused Profile: Sam Stone

By Rohan Mattu

473 Words

Sam Stone is a 22-year-old Electronic Media and Film Major in the Radio/Audio concentration. Since childhood, Stone experienced a strong connection to music, specifically classic rock.

Today, in his final year at Towson, he runs his own radio show where he can express his passion for music and sound.  

“I got into radio when I was super little, my folks used to play oldies radio in the car, like a lot,” Stone said. “I really enjoyed what I heard, there was this station that played stuff from like the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Early on, my folks, especially my mom, nurtured this critical listening that I have today. So from a very young age I was listening to the music and identifying individual instruments in a song and where they were in a mix and I remember realizing that music wasn’t just something to passively dance to.”

This critical listening helps Stone as he hand-picks the music that he plays on his online radio station, “The Turntable with DJ Sam Stone,” at Towson’s very own student run radio station.

“When I came to Towson, I immediately sought out the radio station and decided to start a show,” Said Stone. “This semester I’m broadcasting on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on XTSR.org”

“What I really love is the historical aspect,” Stone said. “First off I loved the sound, but then I wanted to know about the people behind it. So I got really into The Beatles and I remember when I was like, 6, I wrote a biography on The Beatles – it was about 100 pages long, yeah even back then I was a big nerd.” To this day, Stone remains an avid Beatles fan and follower, collecting as many limited edition “Vault Edition” albums as he can.

Stone recalled the time he realized what sound mixing truly was – an art. “There was a moment when I was a kid and my parents put on a Crosby Stills Nash album on their nice Stereo with all these different knobs, so I would fiddle with the settings and there was one point where I isolated the bass guitar and I was like wait a second, there’s more to this.”

Upon enrolling at Towson University, Stone was able to expand upon his passion and curiosity through the EMF program, learning the many individual pieces that made the music he grew up listening to, as well as how to work with sound in general.

Along with the EMF Program, Stone joined the campus’ Media and Production Society, Lambda Kappa Tau. “There in LKT I shifted my focus a little bit more towards film, as one of the main things they do is film.” There Stone gained more experience with working sound on film sets and in Media, and is on their executive board as Legal Chair.  

Photojournalism Package: Turnover at TCNJ

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By Rohan Mattu

380 words

The College of New Jersey, commonly known as TCNJ, held a free concert in Decker Hall on Tuesday night; hosted by the College Union Board, the show included the bands Rhea, Peaer, and Turnover.

TCNJ is known for having shows that cater to the strong alternative scene on their campus and in the surrounding area, thanks to CUB Alt, a branch of the College Union Board dedicated to bringing in Alternative and Indie genre musicians to play at their school, usually free to attend.

The band Rhea is a locally known, self described “bedroom pop” band from New Jersey. They opened up the show with three dynamic, dreamy songs. The lead singer and rhythm guitarist mentioned between songs that this was the biggest show her band had played by far, an audience of about 250.

Peaer followed with five more tunes. Peter Katz, head of the band, acknowledged the honor he took in opening for Turnover, a band from Virginia Beach with millions of listens on each of their songs on Spotify.

Finally, Turnover performed a full set of 10 songs from their latest album, “Peripheral Vision,” a mellow, dulcet collection centered on thinking about the past. Complementing the dreamy music from the bands were colored LED lights flooding the stage, painting the performers red, blue, and purple.

Though the shows are intended to be mainly for TCNJ students and the surrounding area, some travel quite far for the chance to see such a popular band for free. Pocholo Itona, a student from Towson University, traveled over two hours from Baltimore with three friends for the show.

“It’s Tuesday, I have an 8 a.m. class in the morning, and I traveled really far,” Itona said, “but I think it’s worth it to see a band that I’d have to pay over twenty dollars to see anywhere else.”

TCNJ student Alexa Bonoma spoke about the pleasure of having shows that suited hers and her friends taste being so easily accessible.

“Because of CUB Alt I can go to shows that play music that I actually like, and not what you hear on the radio,” Bonoma said. “I not only get to see the bands I listen to every day, but it’s on campus, and it’s free.”

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