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The Ticklemonster Battle in the Sky VS. Duane “The Committee Chair” McDiarmid

By Broooks Wenzel

“First he had to face his arch nemesis, Clowny, on land and in the sky. Now he’s going after his makers. And it ain’t gonna tickle.” The Ticklemonster is calling out his adult male role models in a no gravity barred brawl in the sky. Wielding horse heads on-a-stick he will unleash a lashing worthy of the depths of a well fostered imagination. This is a very serious and masculine challenge to those who shaped his development. Whatever, he can totally beat them up. The results will be useful and definitive as The Ticklemonster conquers the law of gravity, and shows his mentors who the bigger man is. Video documentation to follow… Special thanks to collaborators: Duane McDiarmid Daniel King Michael Rutushin LJ The Bell Ringer The Dairy Barn Art Center Lydia McDonald Shane West      ...

Transcribing Light & Motion

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How do we recognize the reality of physical phenomena that we cannot touch? Light and motion are two such experiences, elusive in our understanding of them. The following project is a twofold creative examination of physical concepts. The first component concerns motion: how does our motion through physical spaces hold continued presence, even after the motion has passed? Why are certain motions repeated by certain people to create unique patterns of action? How do our bodies relate to nature and physical phenomena? To address these questions, I created a video of myself dancing, one of my favorite types of motion, past 3 lines. The lines follow one after the other, related by the golden ratio. This relationship was chosen because of its mysterious connection to repetition in nature. I recorded each part of my body as it passed a line. Obviously the motions of my body differed each...

Mask and eyes

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This drawing original is an unconscious drawing, almost based on self thinking. When I finished drawing, I found out there are a lot of signs include in the elements I used in the work. Eyes, mask, third eyes, rolling eyes, concentric lines, etc. Those all include meanings behind and also reflect myself.      

Home Salty Home

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In the spring of 2013, I was standing in line for concessions at the Angola Prison Rodeo in Louisiana. I had received a grant to conduct research on the controversial spectacle of the rodeo. A friendly man next to me suggested I try the fried pig tail and reminisced about his favorite snack. His t-shirt read RODEO WORKER. I recognized the t-shirt as the same worn by men behind booths at the rodeo’s craft fair, where they sold their art. The rodeo was held on the grounds of a maximum security prison. The men behind the booths were inmates. I bought a pig tail, found a seat on the bleachers, and gnawed on the deep-fried cartilage and bone. Dressed in black and white striped costumes, the inmates commenced the theatrical events of the rodeo as hordes of spectators cheered on. I couldn’t figure out how to eat my pigtail. Eventually, I grew tired of the rodeo’s pageantry, left my seat, and...

Babel

By Ryan Davis

Babel is an ongoing series of a dialogue regarding the contemporary context of Blackness. My research is to expose the shifting dialogue of race seen as a Black-White issue but an inner dialogue of critique what Blackness means. As this research continues to unfold I intend to reveal that Blackness does not solely define a person and solidarity but rather an examination of self that can be informed by Blackness. Most recently at set up an audio piece using the create space PA system to project a set of interviews of Black people I conducted. I exhibited the this piece over the PA on April 16th. The pictures you see with this post is an image of the space I played the audio in and picture of the painting that was presented along with the audio.    

ART 1220, Image

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The following explores fundamental issues and concepts of  image creation, to have been designed to further develop the designers’ ability to perceive, interpret and record information. The works evolve from executing simple interpretations of aesthetic form to visually translating complex observations. A focus on ‘the aesthetic’ order throughout this research will concentrate on understanding the structure of objects and color through traditional drawing. We can look at image from an aesthetic, a theoretic, a pragmatic or a personal point of view. All are valid approaches and each can be used in a variety of applications. We have to remember, however, that we are experimenting with image inside the context of a school of art and design that prepares individuals for a variety of potential disciplines. Thus the visual experiments have been selected to have purpose for...

Dark Water

By Ian Campbell

In August of 1817, a number of people claimed to have seen a “Sea Serpent” in the harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Many scholars, scientists, and historians have attempted to speculatively identify this creature as a species yet unknown to science, and even more skeptics have disparaged the account as a hoax, or the product of provincial naïveté. Yet what really happened that summer, 200 years ago, remains a mystery. The true identity of the Gloucester Sea Serpent remains unknown: irretrievably lost to the passage of time. For my MFA thesis project, I used this enigma of natural history as a “narrative spine” to bind together an idiosyncratic sequence of images, texts, objects, and audio recordings that I presented at Trisolini Gallery this April. This body of work began last summer, when I travelled to Gloucester, Massachusetts to conduct research at the Cape Ann Museum and seek...

Barbie in Real Life

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In our society, Mattel’s Barbie doll is seen as a sort of standard of beauty and femininity. However, what people often don’t take into account is the fact that Barbie dolls are anatomically incorrect, and cannot do most things that an actual human can. Likewise, although humans can slightly more successfully imitate Barbie dolls, they still look ridiculous and the poses are incredibly useless in everyday life. What these things say about the design of Barbie dolls is that it is flawed at its very core, inaccurately depicting the human body and its functionality. My series of photographs seeks to explore this discrepancy in the doll’s design by looking at how a typical girl looks when attempting to imitate a Barbie doll’s poses and design. I used the blue screen in the CREATE_space studio to take photographs of a girl posing as a Barbie doll would with a series of props. I then used...

Hyperspace Playground

By Barry O'Keefe

A series of kinetic sculptures that modify the non-spaces formed at the margins of highway infrastructure. The swing, with its connotations of youth, freedom and wonder is inserted into this alienated wasteland in order to highlight through contrast the distorted values inherent in the design of our landscape. The on ramp and the overpass, through the anomalous presence of a person, are rendered monumental and sublime, and reveal their hostility to the human body, and indifference to history, culture and social relationships. Animations which document this project were displayed using resources from the Create Space.  ...

Dodecahedra

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‘Dodecahedra’ is an installation utilizing sculptural object and projection to transform a space through refracted light. The concept for ‘Dodecahedra’ originated from Plato’s assignment of the five platonic solids to the elements that construct the universe, including fire, water, earth, and air. The dodecahedron, or 12-sided solid, is representative of the cosmos itself. The dodecahedra in my installation have been constructed from cut and folded plastic material, and a projected animation of changing color and light creates moving and changing refractions on the walls and ceiling. I am interested in creating a transformed space for the viewer to enter into and instill a sense of meditative calm similar to what I feel during the repetitious creation of these objects. I hope to evoke in the viewer ideas of creation, existence, and the truth of our perception.    ...

Dysphoria

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Dysphoria is an experimental film that explores the everyday experiences of someone living with body dysphoria, specifically as it relates to gender, through visual representation. Shots of everyday activities like showering and brushing teeth are intercut with shots meant to induce anxiety and create discomfort. My plans for the sound include a reading of medical definitions and diagnoses about gender identity disorder. The clinical text will be a stark juxtaposition to the emotional images.    ...

Documentary

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These are interviews that I shot on my Blackmagic camera with rappers, I LOVE MAKONNEN and G-Eazy from The Number Fest on April 18th, 2015. I was in charge of covering the interviews between these hip hop stars and the Billboard Top 100 representatives. These  interviews are going to be placed strategically in my Documentary, falling nicely  under the section where  I  relate socializing and stereotypes.  My documentary topic covers the status of Greek Life here at Ohio University. I am producing this documentary through my class called, Documentary and Storytelling.​ I am taking this class through the School of Media Arts and Studies. These are interviews with I LOVE MAKONNEN and G-Eazy. These artists are being interviewed by a representative from Billboard Top 100.  

Black Hands Reaching Toward Black Space Continued….

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The original project under this title was ruminating on my exhibited physical reactions to social constraints that exist within a controlled population. In other words, I was attempting to understand my place within my childhood community. These works take that concept a little further, in that, I am considering my tendency to be both hyper visible and invisible. With this particular work I am attempting to understand how my body functions within an entirely dark or well-lit space. What does it mean to be both invisible and hyper visible? Is there any room for physical ambiguity?    

In and Around The Barn – Red Projection

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This is a continuation of my previous “Color Experimentation” project. {Leander Edmiston and myself(Dan Manion) have begun to experiment with a series of color-based video projects. Our aim is to explore the many facets of color, including its incorporation into storytelling and its emotional associations. Ambiguous and undulating inks confront the viewer with an escape from reality. Together we have begun creating organic-esque, complex, and abstract “colorscapes” that reference the natural world.}     This first edited video entitled “RED” is an example of my fascination with back and forth submergence into a created dreamlike space. With help from Nathan from the Create_Space, I was able to project this video at the gallery show entitled “In And Around The Barn” held this past month at The Dairy Barn.  ...

Meadow Bridge

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Meadow Bridge is a small town located in Fayette County, West Virginia. A population of 379 was recorded for the 2010 census. At the heart of this small town is Meadow Bridge High School. Because of the small population that continues to decrease, the threat of consolidation constantly looms over the school. If consolidation were to transpire the school would not be the only loss…the small town would go with it. On June 13th, 2015 Fayette County will vote on a bond that will decide the fate of the school and in doing so, the fate of the town. This short film documents the struggle of a community that is fighting to keep their children, students, friends, etc. in their local school. The debates are heated as opponents and proponents to the bond battle out opinions on social media, community meetings, and political stages. With this short documentary I hope to capture the...

Precarious Places in the Established Order

By Daniel King

As part of my MFA Thesis research and production I created an exhibition called “Precarious Places in the Established Order,” on view in the Ohio University Art Gallery March 30-April 4, 2015. The work created for this show encompassed a variety of material and conceptual practices, using analog tradition black & White photography, Multi-channel HD video, carefully designed audio components and wall projections. Artist Statement: The limited access highway system plays a ubiquitous function in activating experiences of both the mundane and the exceptional. Considering the highway as conduit architecture means recognizing its design promotes efficiency and industry over geographic awareness and sensitivity to place. My goal was to embark on a journey to become sensitized to periphi, to allow the act of framing the visible world to curl in on itself, to include the role...

Distance Photography Project

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The idea behind this project was to do a series of nature shots in locations that were unsuitable for a macro lens (hills and such). One of the challenges of this project was to decide the depth of field of the composed image. This required several experiments and reshoots to come out with a series that I was happy with. To do this I borrowed the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and the EF 70-300 mm lens. The flower image attached to this write-up was taken with: aperture-11 shutter-1/320 and ISO-200 on manual focus. The other sculpture picture was shoot with: aperture-16 shutter-1/125 and ISO-200 on manual focus.    

The Method behind the madness

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Every Friday evening, the playwrights of OU write a script from scratch from Monday evening to Thursday Afternoon to have produced and executed as a full stage play on Friday at 11AM. This process has turned itself into a great tradition and academic class called ‘Midnight Madness’. This short cut to theatre plays call for flowing playwrights, willing actors and available tech staff. After the writing process this entire fly by night script must resemble a full fledge play inclusive a technical rehearsal. No wonder it got that name! This project follows the process behind the scenes of this fly by night production project. Ryan Dolan – 2nd yr MFA – Playwright student is the one that takes us through the paces. From conception to perception we follow a day in the life of midnight madness through the eyes of Ryan Dolan.  ...

eMotion

By Kyle Hannon

This project focuses on creating an experience which combats the overwhelming amount of digital and social stimulation that exists in the world today. I wanted to create a tranquil environment with light and color, that viewers could escape to, ignoring their phones and computers for a time. The pattern is dynamically generated in Processing. The program is designed so that every frame of time is unique and no moment will ever be repeated, giving the viewer a new and different experience every time they interact with it. This also provides more context to the piece, as it exists within the same digital medium as the negative stimulation I explored.          ...

Sanctuary

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For as long as I can remember, music has played a big part in my life. I have always deeply connected with it whether I’m at a concert, listening while driving, writing a song, or playing guitar. I love the sense of community and the bond that exists between fans of musicians. Music can be somewhat of an escape or a sanctuary. I listen to music when I’m happy, sad, stressed, working, walking; I constantly have a song in my head. I want to bring to light the similarities between how I and so many others interact with music and how people find the same comforts in their faith and religion. There are many facets of music that seem to completely align with how people celebrate their faith. Faith and organized religion can give a person a sense of belonging, happiness, solace, comfort, and uplift them. I find transcendence when I experience music.    ...

Urban Body

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This project interrogates the interchangeability of space and place. It tries to play with the fluid relationship that we have with the built environment. The strategy I have chosen is to claim spaces in the built environment that seem to exist as non-places as they usually stay undisturbed or underutilized. Here I employ temporary constructions possessing international forms (i.e. the curvature of a curb rounding a corner) adaptable to local conditions. The Locations are limited to downtown areas in various cities across the United States and, hopefully, will be expanded to other countries. The hidden motif behind the work is the issue of displacement and creation of strategies to transform space into place. In placing my body in a piece of foam with my 3D scanned body carved into it using a mechanical process, CNC, and, then, placing both into a curvature that almost perfectly fits...

Carnivalesque Documentary

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Documentary film making is one of my passions. I’ve always been drawn to “real things” and the non-fictional spectrum of storytelling. I think that’s where authentic moments come to life. Although I have this urge to go out document the world around me, I’ve encountered roadblocks in regards to obtaining necessary gear at Ohio University. Because of the Create_Space I was able to heighten the production on my documentary on Carnivalesque 2015, a DIY music festival that took place the last weekend of March. My goal for shooting the fest included shooting from a bunch of different perspectives. We accomplished this by utilizing the GoPro HERO 3 in interesting places, such as the microphone stand. We also needed decent audio to capture the sound of the bands and the crowds in cramped spaces. We were able to do so with the audio gear that we check out. All in all, our experience with the...

Music Video (Violent Kind)

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On March 16th I shot live video for the Dayton OH pop-punk band, Violent Kind. I recorded a live video of their hit song Composure, in the Double Happiness venue in Columbus, OH. The video was then cut and edited for a promotional music video to be distributed by the band. I did not pay anything out-of-pocket to complete this project, but had support from the CREATE_space by way of access to their Zeiss 50mm lens, which if I were to rent elsewhere, I would pay anywhere from $100 – $200.    ...

Pranking Ohio Presents: Intercosmic Love

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Intercosmic Love is a musical designed to test the limits of brevity in regard to preparation, and tolerance in regard to those in the audience. For one night only, the Pranking Ohio team along with a few actors entertained a group of about forty individuals in the Baker lounge with a story of romance between a man and an alien dog. While this may sound like any ordinary space romance musical, it differs in the fact that it introduces a subtle communistic message in the beginning of the first act that blossoms into full-on communist propaganda by the close. It was a shocking and entertaining experience for our audience. Pranking Ohio is an AVW web series. We are not a pranking show, rather an absurdist comedy show. The now-defunct name was carried over from the previous year. We decided to put on a musical because we felt we hadn’t yet had something to show for our name and efforts,...

Ohio Against The World

By Ryan Davis

Ohio Against The World is becoming a leading clothing brand as a representative of Ohio. It’s popularity among youth and young adults has spread through the country fairly quickly. I was recruited to assist in developing new marketing material. For a new video I was requested to write and record a prompt that would apply to their mission. The mission of OATW is to exemplify the importance of journey and having a mission. The focus of my prompt dealt with pride but not exclusive to Ohio. It concerns itself with the concept of pride and how OATW chooses to accept it without interest in humility or arrogance. I used pride as a way to explain how a journey and mission correlate to finding ones truth. I recorded the prompt April 11th using my condenser mic and the porta booth owned by the CREATE Space.  

Water Treatment

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For my Ethnography Research Methods class I have focused on Athens Water Treatment Plant and Athens Waste Water Treatment Plant. The research began with a desire to know more about the city’s water systems. By focusing on the two plants, the project highlights the supply and disposal of Athens’ water. As part of the research I made visual and audio recordings. These recordings at times serve to document the process and infrastructure of the plants and others open a new way to comprehend the sensorial aspects of the plants. Below is a video clip that was shot on the HD HERO2 camera. The camera was used to extend perception of the water within the plant by submerging it into the water.    ...

Painting Documentation

By Ryan Davis

This create research is the documentation process of my Blackness & Babel series. My Blackness series is an investigation into a redefining of what Blackness means is todays culture. We are living in a period where the notions of what Blackness means is becoming more inclusive in accepting all different forms of defining Black identity. I have done multiple paintings and audio works to express the claims of Blackness. This is also in preparation for a lecture I will be giving in the Artist Appreciation course April 6th 2015. These documented works along the rest of my Blackness & Babel works can be viewed on my website. ryandavistheartist.com    

The World Is Flat

By Todd Kunkler

sometimes you search for video coverage of recent tragedies (genocide, mass shootings, and so forth) to see what sort of emotion it will generate within you—to see whether or not you are the kind of person you’d like to believe you are—and the video will be preceded by an advertisement for a brand of toothpaste which offers you a “brighter, healthier, and more confident smile” and then you realize that you are out of toothpaste [This body of work is an investigation into the chaotic visual language of our increasingly image-saturated post-digital society. Through techniques of collage, appropriation, and photo manipulation I disband image and ideology, thereby calling into question the veracity of the multitude of images we consume daily, and revealing undercurrents of violence and control at the heart of representation.] http://newhive.com/toddkunkler/the-world-is-flat...

Thesis Review Presentation

By Barry O'Keefe

In mid spring semester of our second year, grad students in the School of Art + Design meet with the professors on our committees to discuss our thesis projects. I used a projector to tell the story of my work so far, and describe how my proposed thesis extends this research. The abstract of my project is included below. The featured images are of past, related work. You can read more about my work so far at my website: www.barryokeefe.com Open Inbox | Abstract “I propose to create a series of five public art installations in Richmond, Virginia. These sculptures will act both as monuments to neighborhood history and identity, and as functional community message boards and meeting points. At a time in our culture when traditional models of community are under threat, these sculptures will provide neighbors a way to connect, communicate and construct shared identity. Each message...

Spectral

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For Spectral, I have created a video from still images from a previous blog entry, titled Elliptical Orbits. This video is then projected onto strips of painted Dura-Lar, a plastic material, which are installed hanging throughout the space. The images of the projection are fragmented between the painted strips and the back wall, creating multiple layers of images within the space while disrupting the large image with cast shadow. The colors of projected light from the images interact with the colors painted on the plastic pieces, either enhancing or negating it. The plastic pieces also reflect colored light onto the surrounding walls, encompassing the entire space into the environment of the piece. The viewer is encouraged to walk through and in the installation, allowing their own shadows to disrupt the projection and becoming a part of the piece by being projected on.    ...

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