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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?    

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