Randi Plake

Randi Plake works for the Office of University Communications at Wesleyan University.

Solo Show by Weiner ’03 at Los Angeles Gallery

From http://bencharlesweiner.com

Textures of You from bencharlesweiner.com

Recent works by Ben Charles Weiner ’03, a New York-based artist, are on display at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles. Artdaily.org praised the works in this exhibition, Textures of You,  as “lush yet uneasy,” noting that Weiner was inspired by synthetic body enhancement products and used a hyperrealistic technique to create the paintings. Read the full article here.

In a recent conversation with The Wesleyan Connection, Weiner explained the workflow and artistic style he used for these paintings. “Formally, my approach to painting these subjects takes inspiration from the stock textures used in graphic design and CG rendered imagery. I photograph these substances at close range, then use the same image as the source for multiple paintings, reformatting this image using analog means by painting it onto canvases of different sizes and dimensions. Thus, in both my subjects and process, I’m exploring the synthetic augmentation of the body and its expression.”

Weiner, who received his BA in studio arts from Wesleyan, later studied under Mexican muralist José Lazcarro at Universidad de las Americas (Mexico). He has also worked closely with artists Jeff Koons, Kim Sooja and Amy Yoes as an assistant. He notes that he still draws upon his experience at Wesleyan, explaining, “The work in my show is similar to the work from my thesis at Wesleyan in that both shows consist of hyperrealistic paintings of mass-produced ephemera from daily life. This new work takes inspiration from minimalism and pushes further toward abstraction than my earlier work.”

He has exhibited his work widely across the United States and in Mexico.

Bonin, Louie ’15 Co-Author Paper in Journal of Comparative Economics

John Bonin, the Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics and Social Science, and his former student Dana Louie ’15, are authors of a new paper published in Journal of Comparative Economics titled, “Did foreign banks stay committed to emerging Europe during recent financial crises?”

In the paper, Bonin and Louie investigate the behavior of foreign banks with respect to real loan growth during times of financial crisis for a set of countries where foreign banks dominate the banking sectors. The paper focuses on eight countries that are the most developed in emerging Europe and the behavior of two types of banks: The Big 6 European multinational banks (MNBs) and all other-foreign controlled banks. The results show that bank lending was impacted adversely during recent financial crises, but the two types of banks behaved differently. The Big 6 banks’ lending behavior was similar to domestic banks supporting the notion that these countries are treated as a “second home market” by these European MNBs. However, the other foreign banks in the region were involved in fueling the credit boom, but then decreased their lending aggressively during the crisis periods. The results suggest that both innovations matter for studying bank behavior during crisis periods in the region and, by extension, to other small countries in which banking sectors are dominated by foreign financial institutions having different business models.

“I am particularly proud of this collaborative publication because it does not stem from a student’s honors thesis, but rather from work that began with the Quantitative Analysis Center summer program and that Dana and I continued throughout her senior year in addition to her regular coursework,” Bonin said.

The paper is available online and will appear in a forthcoming hardcopy issue of the journal.

Walker ’79 Interviewed By Fortune on Women In Podcasting

Laura Walker (photo by Scott Ellison Smith)

Laura Walker. (Photo by Scott Ellison Smith)

Laura Walker ’79, New York Public Radio CEO, was recently interviewed by Fortune on the topic of women in the podcasting industry. She discussed how she got her start in radio, what business school was like for women in the 1980s, and why more women are needed in podcasting.

Walker discussed the motivation to help start Werk It, WNYC’s annual festival for women in podcasting, which is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to get more women involved in podcasting.

“I think that many women are natural storytellers and aren’t fearful of mixing the personal and the factual. I think also women often can ask tough personal questions…and they aren’t afraid to explore at deeper emotional levels. But most importantly I think it’s just that we need everyone’s voice.”

Read the full interview here.