Art for art's sake.

In recognition of this year's recipient of the COM Studies Departmental Service Award, we're going all the way back to the spring 0f 2015 to show a superior piece of art by former student turned technical assistant, Trahern Maclean. Trahern blended two forms of combat, one on the board and one in the ring to bring to life this dynamic artistic interpretation. Art of War

Chessboard frame from Art of War by Trahern MacLean.

Chessboard frame from Art of War by Trahern MacLean.

Close-up, moving, shallow-focus videography combined with stark, directional lighting and a high-energy soundtrack make this an intensely stylized piece of artistic filmmaking, a style which belies the calm and reassuring nature of its creator. COM alum Luke Brown stars as the boxer in this filmic montage reminiscent of scenes from the famous fight film, Raging Bull

Boxing frame from Art of War by Trahern MacLean.

Boxing frame from Art of War by Trahern MacLean.

Next time you see Trahern, congratulate him on his award which, by the way, is not given every year. 

Trahern and Bill during a November trip to Las Vegas for the National Communication Association annual convention. Click on the photo to see Trahern's video montage from the desert. 

Trahern and Bill during a November trip to Las Vegas for the National Communication Association annual convention. Click on the photo to see Trahern's video montage from the desert.