Missing out on some of the most successful creative art from SVSU is the most important cardinal sin to remember.
Last Monday held the Cardinal Sins post-publication party in the Roberta Allen Reading Room on the fourth floor of the library. Published artists from the most recent issue came to either read their written work or explain their visual art.
Several mediums are praised in each issue, including fiction, poetry, painting, photography and even stained glass, which is something unseen from previous years.
Emily Krueger, English literature senior and editor-in-chief of Cardinal Sins, was impressed with this new addition.
“I loved the stained glass,” Krueger said. “I’ve never seen that before.”
While so many categories may give off the impression that it is easy to fall into at least one, Peter Brian Barry wants to dissipate that stigma. As a philosophy professor and the faculty adviser to the Cardinal Sins, he is proud of the high quality work chosen for each issue.
“We have pretty high standards,” Barry said. “We ask ourselves, is this something we are going to look back on? Is it memorable?”
Vincent Samarco, associate professor of English, also attended the event and agreed on the importance of these high standards.
“What’s helpful from a faculty perspective is helping students understand what is quality work,” Samarco said. “It’s a teaching moment for us.”
Throughout the event, unique talents were recognized, including abstract poetry that delved into meta-fiction and paintings that provided several perspectives of a face at once.
A question that Cardinal Sins staffers are asking themselves is where to go next creatively? Which mediums could step up next semester?
“We need to reach out to students in photography,” Barry said. “We have not solicited as much photography as we should.”
The editor-in-chief agrees, but also mentioned a more specific type of photography that could be improved.
“We almost never publish 3-D art,” Krueger said. “They usually are not photographed correctly.”
Samarco discussed which was more important to Cardinal Sins, the competition between writers and artists or the learning experience.
“It’s both,” Samarco said. “It’s a chance to experience, in a low-pressure situation, the publishing process.”
The competition is incentive for students to send in quality pieces, but the learning curve attached to the experience is important. Samarco said the next logical step would then be to understand what makes a work Sins worthy.
“First is knowledge of aesthetics,” Samarco said. “The more you learn about different movements, the better you are at conceiving themes.”
Acknowledging what made past artistic movements great will help any artist grow into their own understanding of that same art.
“Second is facility in language,” Samarco added. “I do think the well-chosen word, unusual word selections, make the piece more realized and stand out more.”
Going against the grain is no subtle attribute when peering into any of the past issues. The poetry, fiction, and artwork are unique in every way, showcasing each artist’s personal ability.
Barry is content with Cardinal Sins’ success in producing distinguished artistic visions in a unifying journal.
“It’s good entertainment to sit and relax with,“ Barry said. “It’s nice to see students wanting good stuff to read.”