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What May Come From Observation

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I am currently documenting my body of work entitled: What May Come From Observation. This work explores birds’ nest as a subject within an emblematic sense, but upon investigation yields a poetic language in rhythmic harmony to humans and the objects we adorn and occupy. I am fascinated by how forms in nature occur and interrelate with the human experience. I believe the lack of unmediated experiences with the natural environment is the cause for much of the world’s psychological, social, and environmental ills. My desire is to bring back the lost connection with nature and the environment by mixing and merging the co-existences that parallel between the wonders of the wild and humanistic tendencies. Through this I reconsider with wonderment the value of finding interest in the ordinary things of nature, the value of rediscovery, and the contemplation of possibilities that could...

A Quiet Desperation

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My work and research concerns the nature of images within electronic media and digital technologies. In an era where communicative and semantic acts are dominated by electronic milieus I’m interested in how the interchangeability of signs function to mask the ‘real.’ This masking yields a distanced and indifferent audience towards the outcomes of political, social, artistic, personal, etc., events. Thus these events lose significance and context, which ultimately produces large-scale indifference and passivity in industrialized populations. In an environment of endless references without real referents, the distinction between appearance and object (simulation v reality) could potentially result in the loss of human existence in a virtual or holographic state. The purpose of my work is to analyze how images within media are used to create and perpetuate false understandings of the...

Study Photo: Marble Mountain Wilderness

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I am currently printing a selection of prints from my series Study Photos. As action-based photography, for this work I go to great lengths to be present in remote places, places made invisible, and spaces that are difficult to articulate or define. This work is shot at three designated areas: the wilderness, wastelands, and revolutionary autonomous spaces. The images move through different attempts of documentation of the action of witnessing these places through the body. The study in the wilderness establishes deep relentless bodily experience and violent desperation in solitude with an awareness of loss. The wasteland study depicts an anti-survivalist urge to return to the seepage and undesired spaces: a failure that can be nothing else. The frames taken revolutionary spaces also heighten the awareness of failure of representation, as these spaces are inaccessible to the viewer...

Amy Gibas Progress Review

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My current body of work presented during first year graduate reviews explores the use of light and projected shadow as a means of creating compositions. By painting on Plexiglass surfaces and suspending them at varying distances from the wall, the viewer is able to see through the suspended sculpture and to the composition that is formed on the wall behind. The cast shadows are also paired with painted elements which are attached to the wall in order to create a sense of inversion between actual object and projected image. The use of interlocking gear shapes is paired with floral and organic patterns as an exploration of organic functions that occur within nature, and the ability to break these functions down into mathematical or scientific systems. The existence of these systems links various aspects of nature and creates an interconnectedness that makes life in many forms possible....

Circle Dance: A Full Moon Ritual Performance

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This documentation is of my performance for a Title Project in Description (Foundation Art Course). I chose the title “Circle Dance” and from that seized the coincidence of class being on the same day as the full moon (November 6th, 2014). As a practicing Pagan, the title circle dance reminded me of Pagan, public rituals in which dancing around the fire to musical instruments and voice is a part of the experience with nature. As a public ritual, i had my classmates, teacher, and teaching assistant participate in the performance. The ritual consisted of cleansing the space (first video), setting up the space for the ritual (first picture), giving some background information about the full moon, respect, and logistics, calling on the gods and elements, casting the circle for the sacred space (outlined by the candles in the picture), having everyone clear their minds with a...

Brick City Brass

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Brick City Brass is a brass quintet composed of undergraduate music students from the School of Music. Elise Armstrong and Ranga Munasinghe are the Trumpets, Zach Spivey on Horn, Dylan Chase on Trombone, and Joan Engel on Tuba. They meet twice a week to rehearse and their coach is the new Trombone professor Lucas Regos Borges. Their recital will be November 15 at 2pm in Glidden recital hall. The recital is in collaboration with Joan Engel. Joan will be playing solo on one half and the quintet will be on the other half. Brick City Brass contacted me asking to take pictures to help promote their upcoming concert and future concerts.I have not done much with incorporating themes in photography so Joan and I thought it would be a great idea to use the bricks located in Memorial Auditorium and along College Green to accent their name “ Brick City Brass”. The pictures turned out very...

Achromotrichia

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Fingers look through a thick forest of dark hairs, finding strands of grey hair. After a short moment of separation, the grey hair is plucked. Macro recordings combined into a looping video will accompany a sculpture (work in progress) responding to time and change, specifically the veneration of the physical changes in my own hair. Achromotrichia, the loss of pigmentation, results in grey hairs. This physical change is a common connotation of aging, which is unavoidable in human existence. Yet, today’s society seems to be in denial, always trying to slow down aging or erasing signs of aging completely. In the age of plastic surgery eager to turn back the clock, I want to focus on the positive connotations of aging. I may be plucking out grey hairs and conforming to society’s ideals, but I am keeping the hairs, and venerating them in my sculpture as a reminder of the...

Empathic Living for the Couch Potato

By Steph Wadman

Empathic Viewing for the Couch Potato uses a selection of material, food, and video as a means to equate two separate experiences to another, the physical sensation of pressure from a baby. Using two experiences that are relatable to anyone, sit-ups until exhaustion and eating gaseous foods, the viewer is asked to add them in their mind to equate to the experience of a mother. Realizing that this is an approximation, and not an equalization, I aim to invoke empathy through the effort of the audience participating in metaphysical experiences.    

The Use of Outdoor Lighting

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I created this project because I have been thinking about changing my major to photography and integrated media. I have quite a bit of experience with photography and I know that outdoor lighting was one of the things I wanted to improve on. Therefore, I asked a couple of my friends if they would be interested in modeling for me and they said they’d love to. First, my friend Becca and I walked around campus one day and I took individual pictures of her. I chose places that would be perfect to work with outdoor lighting. We stayed on East Green and took photos on the stairs behind Lincoln Hall, on the road towards Shively and outside of Putnam. The second time I used outdoor lighting, I was with my friends Becca, Chrissy, and Barrett. We took a trip to the Ridges on a sunny day; I took them into the woods to a few spots where the sun was shining through the trees. I decided to paint...

Mother Lode

By Courtney Kessel

“Mother Lode” was a solo exhibition at the David Brooks Gallery at Fairmont State University, September 3 – October 5, 2014. The work in this show highlights the challenges and negotiations between having time for myself and the constant need and interruption of an other. It is a body of work that has emerged from having a 40 + hour a week job and being a full-time mom. Instead of having the ability to be in the studio all the time and producing a body of work, the time spent installing becomes a durational performance or studio practice. A heavily conceptualized idea is prepared and then executed at the site-specific location of the gallery. The “Mother Lode” is the origin of a treasure or vein of ore, something precious. My use of it here indicates both the above meaning and the origin of me as a mother, which is the child. I am also playing with the word “lode” and...

Untitled

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This project began as a conversation between two objects in two images. Each of the two framing pieces have one object being depicted, and although the objects are on different planes, a representation of the disorienting organization of the play, they are able to express the idea that, one can move their eye, in fluid motion, between two images on different planes, if the images are placed correctly. The dialogue between these images conveyed the idea of connectivity based on the placement of objects. This is something that can be seen in Rauschenberg’s work and in the play, bobrauschenbergamerica. According to charlesmee.org, the play is a “collage of people and places and music and dancing…and the sheer exhilaration of living in the country where people make up their lives as they go”. This work, in its ability to create communication between two objects, almost embodies the collage...

Post Black: Trezon Dancy

By Ryan Davis

The term Post-Black is a new development in contemporary art. If you’ve followed my post at all you will notice that this is something I have been exploring since Spring semester of the 2013-14 school yr in various formats. Most recently I have started a series of paintings. At this point in the project I am still collecting reference images for paintings. I photographed Trezon Dancy. I am using him along with others as a way to portray the diversity of Black identity through portraiture. This photoshoot was taken plan on October 17th at the photography lab in Seigfred Hall which has been a consistent place for me to do portrait photography. These photographs will inevitably be used as references for paintings. If you are engaged with my project and would like to follow my progress you can also view my website and my website blog www.ryandavistheartist.com...

Basel Design

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In June of 2013, Don Adleta started a year of intensive research documenting the Advanced Class of Graphic Design at the Basel School of Design 1968-1999, his Swiss Alma mater. Supported by The CREATE____space and four research grants: one from the College of Fine Arts’ Scholarly Research Award, 2013, two from School of Art + Design Faculty Development Fund, 2013, and 2014, and one most recently from the College of Fine Arts’ Faculty Development Fund, 2014. Adleta is realizing a portion of his quest to create a reference document outlining the pedagogy initiated in Basel and practiced in numerous design programs worldwide. In 2013, Adleta created a 5 day refuge for 11 alumni and Wolfgang Weingart in the Azores to discuss the synergy resulting from theBasel Weiterbildungsklasse für Grafik (WBK). These discussions involved Jerry Kuyper, US, Hamish Muir, UK, Hamish Thompson, NZ as well as...

A Soft Surplus and Soft Surplus+

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A Soft Surplus was the first collaborative installation by Collective Springboard (Micah Snyder, Stephanie Wadman, Danny Crump, Siavash Tohidi, Todd Irwin, Barry O’Keefe and Sarah Dahlinger). Held at the School of Art+Design’s Ridges graduate studios, the handmade bouncy castle constructed from recycled and found materials imagined the possibility of an inclusive playland. The interactive art installation invited the public to jump inside the soft sculpture and explore their relationship with fun. In conjunction with Athens’ Nuit Blanche Festival, Collective Springboard bounced back with Soft Surplus+. Installed at the busy intersection by Howard park, the sculpture attracted a diverse range of jumpers from families and children to undergrad bar-goers and professional dancers. Soft Surplus+ created a venue where participants embraced their high flying spirit and bounced to...

Recreating Robert Rauschenburg’s “Monogram”

By Linda Di Bernardo

The job of the props artisan is to create the objects that enhance the believability of the world of the play. If done well, both the audience and actors willingly allow themselves to be transported and suspension of disbelief can only achieved if the props are accurate and authentic. bobrauschenburgamerica, by Charles Mee was the first show of the 2014-15 season produced by the Ohio University School of Theatre. One of the props called for was a reproduction of a well known sculpture by the artist Robert Rauschenburg called “Monogram”, which depicts a life-size goat with a tire around it’s belly and a face full of paint. This required extensive research into not only accurately depicting a life-size goat, but how to do it both cheaply and efficiently – two other important factors of being a props artisan. For roughly $120, and on a three week time frame, the...

Blackness and Postmodernism

By Ryan Davis

My research is an in-progress analysis of the term post-blackness. I am conducting a portrait-painting project. It is about no one specific rather about a the Black community and it’s overall identity. My initial steps in creating this project is taking photographs of various Black Americans ranging between ages 20-32 that seemingly reflect a modern 2014 image. Inevitably the final results from this part of the project are to use these photographs as references for painting these portrait photographs. In the painting I will munipulate the background to a complete black background mixing various colors that doesn’t actually include the color black. My intent in using this is reflecting the diversity in the Black identity; The purpose of my paintings will be to illustrate the new face of black identity. Hopefully I can reveal that this new “face” is one of many variations. I...

Untitled (bobraushenbergsamerica installation)

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This project was done to support the production of “bobrasuchenbergsamerica” performed by the OU Theatre department at the RTV Building. It was available for viewing from Oct. 2 through 13, 2014. When something has a familiar linguistic label (such as a “play”), we have certain expectations about that experience that come with that label. The idea was to change the manner in which the viewer experienced and engaged in – this case – the play. To accomplish this, I formed a set of rules – using sentences from the play’s script as discreet events – to encode the play through visualization and sonification. From there, the audio-visual installation unfolded according to those rules. Lines of text reflect the dynamics that occur throughout the play visually, with each representing a unique character and key themes related to that character. The installation space was...

Cutrual filters

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During my research about the Yao people ceremonial collections, I am thinking it is important to let others understand the difference and similarity between the Yao and their own culture. So I made this installation and try to discuss how the culture shapes us in my sculpture class. I think all the cultures functionally are the same. The cut papers in the middle represented the physical forces which structure our lives. The projected images on the papers and wall represented the ideologies. The projected images are composed by the sacred symbols in the Yao people ceremonial collections. The viewers which are my classmates they could learn the ideas through discussing this work.        

Shadowbox

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Shadowbox is a short film that seeks to explore the loneliness and emotional ebb of a woman, surrounded by her family and the boundless beauty of nature. The film was shot during two days on Fisher Road, Athens. A beautiful place full of cornfields and wide open spaces. The first cut will be ready by the end of November. The final film will be around 6 minutes long, and will be screened next year at the Athena Theater, together with other short films produced at The Ohio University School of Film. The film was written and directed by Viviana Goelkel, and produced with the collaboration of her production team Another Camel Production, whose members are all MFA in film students at Ohio University.    

Athens Brew Week Photography

By Elana Caple

In Athens, toward the middle of this July was Ohio Brew Week. In 2014 it also served to showcase local talent. From Honey of the Heart on Central Venue to the College Green, a parade of huge puppets quickly made its way there and back to a marching tune performed onstage by Shouts & Whispers. Despite all the draw of these fun activities, without the invitation and encouragement of the late Bob Winters, I would have been home in bed. A series of fortunate events transpired in the invitation to an exclusive group of talented OU-Com graduates, in a theater photography course, which was an offering of the heart from Bob. He truly enjoyed working with the many decades of the students who received training and support from him. As an individual with a serious medical issue, the treatment I receive is very tiring. Without special effort, or investment in my cause; to live, learn, and be...

Use of Apps to Maintain Good Levels of Psychiatric Health

By Elana Caple

As an individual with bipolar disorder, I find that digital logging and Apple products in particular aid in the management of my illness. Using an app called ‘MoodLog’ available at the iTunes store, I was able to submit the results of interactive logging and discuss my issues more fully with my team of healthcare professionals. During this time, I began a new medication and it is easy to see the improvement in mood and activity level. I also find a schedule easier to maintain and find room for more social activities. I look forward to using another app, ‘MyFitnessPal,’ to communicate with another healthcare professional I recently began seeing. For someone with limited access to technology and a living situation not allowing for internet access, the iPad connects me to my community on a level which has truly had positive effects on my personal mental health and...

In the Forest

By Gregory Hatch and Connaught Cullen

A digital puppet show created for the 2014 Athens’ Nuit Blanche Festival held on October 4th. This is a playful piece that plays with narrative, pop culture, TV programing, and entertainment. A puppet show is acted out in front of a blue screen. The footage is then uploaded and heavily modified to get the final product. In the Forest is an exploration of common narratives where the storyline is compelled forward with the use of popular music as the soundtrack. Lending itself to a camp aesthetic, the work becomes an exploration of taste and a reference to how information and concepts are conveyed to younger and wider audiences.        ...

Tutorial project 1

By Lauren Jensen

I was inspired by Mariel Clayton’s Barbie photography, which uses a lot of fake blood and such to highlight societal norms and oddities. I chose to reenact the Ohio University Megan Marzec “blood bucket” incident because of the extreme amount of importance all of the attention has given it. I did not intend to make any sort of political statement with this photo, but rather an anti-statement. I wanted to use the miniature scale to explore the event from a detached and outside view, rather than looking at it as a major political statement. The final product did not turn out the way I originally intended, but I am still happy with the result. I used brown watercolor paints to make Barbie’s hair brown, I used a sock and magic marker to recreate Megan’s shirt, and I used Halloween fake blood for the “blood bucket.”  ...

Linger Longer

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This project uses the lobby of 31 S. Court St to explore the aesthetics of waiting. The nondescript furniture of waiting rooms, extreme volumes of doorways being slammed shut, and the comforting tones of background music will be used as tools to explore what it means to purposefully linger in these transitional zones. This theme is investigated through a quilting of musical pieces playing with and against each other, a free six-page pamphlet exploring the benefits of background music and its history (with special sections dedicated to listening and exercises to further one’s sense of well-being), and two exotic light sculptures to stir the imagination. Participants are invited to attend to the aesthetics of waiting through active mind/body immersion. The crystallized participatory experience opens room to ask questions like: What can be learned from staring at mass-produced,...

Photos for Thesis Reference

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“If You See Something…” is foremost a project about domestic violence, but it is also a project about the ways that we process and respond to the mediated images of violence and inhumanity that we routinely experience. This project takes the form of a collision between genre painting and theater, where a single narrative is broken up into 8 separate “scenes”, to exist in its final form as 8 large format paintings and prints exhibited in a single space. The stage set and actors depicted in it are myself and my home as I seek to represent the ways that we internalize our role as witness to violence of all kinds, the ways that we attempt to impose order and control over these and other internalized experiences, and the ways in which this same need for control is embedded in the cycle of abuse. It is my belief that the distance between abused and abuser is...

BobRauschenbergAmericana Theater-Video Art

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This figure with the strange and unusual face refers to a part of the play that ALLEN express his love to CARL and he says: “I look at you and I think you’re good-natured! CARL: Oh, good-natured!” When I read this play, I immediately noticed the strong connection between the play and Bob Rauschenberg’s work. The accent of the writer in the play is so sharp and choppy, just like many of Rauschenberg’s collages. Also, the frankness of the dialogue reminds me of the bitterness and sadness in his work when he criticizes contemporary society. I decided to create a theatric atmosphere for this piece, and the result became the animated illustration you are witnessing. The elements are symbolic of the complexity of our modern world. When they are in motion, it suggests that our world is a challenging and unpredictable place. So many conversations about the future bring up fear and...

Totem pole

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Standing in the view of food religion and track back history of graphic design letting me realised design was born by industry revolution that satisfied with people demand. So this piece of work kindly likes attempt that relies on traditional religious form with contemporary food evolution. Plus I was trying to convert the idea that food circle system which is human being, ground, plants as well.    

FILM 1 – F5

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When researching the best way to shoot my first film at my MFA in Film making, we encounter a problem. We needed several handheld camera movements. Me and my DP tried a few options, but they didn’t give us the right natural movement we were looking for. We got in contact with students that used the Redrock Micro Shoulder Rig. We got the equipment tested and had a great result. We shot with the Arri-S, a 16mm camera, and we were able to shoot several handheld scenes. We were able to shot the scenes the way we imagined on the script.    

Advertisement Exploration

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How society views and stereotypes women, grasps my attention and leads to critical thinking and demonstration through art form. I am using these photographs to manifest the visual representation society has actuated to women. I find we are directly affected by the images that surround us on a daily basis. The way women are presented in advertising is strongly opposite then in men ads. I found a fashion ad for Kohls that was in Elle magazine and I tried to recreate it using a male model. In the original ad the girl is in a very vulnerable pose, which is common in fashion ads. When men are put in these same poses they come off as awkward. Men are always shown in strong assertive poses while women are are portrayed as vulnerable and child like. This project explores how gender stereotypes are portrayed in advertisement.        

Blackness and Postmodernism

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What I am exploring in my creative research is the image of what represents Blackness. What you see in the image is step one of this process – not including the reading and writing research. The next step is to paint these images. The background in the painting will be altered from the photograph to appear black. I will be using a range of colors to create dark color that looks black but will not actually be black. My intent in doing this is to portray the idea that Black is not Black but a range of colors representing diversity, that is embodied in Black.      

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