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Babel Portrait Series #4

By Ryan Davis

The Babel Portrait project is a continuation of a year-long investigation in what Blackness means in the current cultural landscape. This work has manifested itself through audio works and paintings. For this particular creative research I am doing portraits and full figure paintings of Black Americans between 18-26. This age represents the current generation that is coming into fruition through social and political environments. The first part of this project is to find a person and make photographic references. I will create paintings from these reference photographs. The intent of the paintings are to generate a conversation around the idea of Black as a predominant label that warps our perception of the perception as an individual. On March 21st I photographed a young lady who is a senior undergraduate student of Ohio University.    

The Sailing Cart

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This work explores the relationship between everyday items and life as performance. By slightly transforming disregarded and forgotten objects, there is a sense of wonder and a newfound appreciation. As an object’s utility changes, so does its relationship with the world around it. Through observation and report transcending objects’ set functions leaves the viewer with a hymn to the limits of our existence as well as the limits of the world around us.   http://www.aesthetictechnologies.org/atlab/wp-content/uploads/tdomf/11643/CARTAUDIOMP3.mp3  ...

The Universe Will Provide

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The Universe Will Provide is a short experimental video that explores the relationship between people and a greater entity. Similarly to how a person might achieve something or meet a goal and give the glory and praise to a divine being, the Universe is that greater karmic entity exhibited. The Universe is personified in the video and I play this role, and the role of the mortal being who puts their faith in it, simultaneously. I discard the stresses of my life under the guise of giving them up to something greater, and trust that opportunity will find its way back to me as a reward for hard work. I therefore avoid harboring the anxieties of the future.        ...

Rocks

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“Rocks” is a short film in progress, written and directed by OU MFA student Daniel Aguera. It is being filmed in black and white 16mm film. It consists of a nameless character who has created a musical system in which certain rocks represent certain musical notes, and through this system he composes melodies. He kidnaps a blind man and forces him to engage with this intricate system. As times goes on they develop a complicated yet somewhat endearing relationship.    

Foiling the Eye (Heat Camera Tests)

By Daniel King

So goes the stereotype of those who fear big brother’s all-seeing eye – those who build safe rooms, those who build bomb shelters, who stock up on canned goods and then come the tin foil hats – fear of the unknown or paranoia. So what do we do when big brother is openly admitting, begrudgingly of course, that he IS listening to all our phone calls, reading our emails, watching our every move?    

Place

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This piece is an extension of previous exercises I have done in which I attempt to describe a complex notion–such as a place or self– in a small series of photographs. I then create a collage from the images in order to further communicate the notion at hand. In this investigation of “place” I set out to define the feeling of a space with three images. The space I focused on was the courtyard outside of Alden library at Ohio University. I was interested in this place because of its eddy-like nature. I felt that it is a slow place or a still place; a place that is not often inhabited or, if it is, is inhabited as a place to “be”, as opposed to a place through which to move. I also saw that it was surrounded by “through” spaces which people often traveled coming to and from the library. This created an effect not unlike the eye of a tornado...

The day I watched my Dad pull his gun

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During my second year as an MFA candidate in the ceramics department here at OU, I am exploring childhood recollections through recreation and adaptation. My hope with this work is not only to recall memories that are significant to my development, but also to revisit times in my life when important people (such as my father, grandparents, etc.) were still living and, in turn, still a source of comfort and safety. On to the project… For this iteration of the piece I’ve titled “The day I watched my Dad pull his gun”, I moved my studio into the installation space up at the Ridges for 2 days. During this time, I built loosely constructed wooden supports out of 2x4s that would eventually hold raw clay constructions of the human hand. I enjoyed working with raw clay in this manner because it allowed me to construct these pieces free of the anxieties most often...

Mitochondrial

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In Mitochondrial, I am investigating areas of intersection between the systems of our own experience and existence and the systems or laws that control the universe at a cosmic level. By doing this, I am able to take areas of extreme unknown, wonder, and awe and bring them into my own sense of control by filtering them through a system of rules and guidelines. These intersections of existence also help to fulfill my own longing for connection to the universe as a whole and to make those ideas of extreme scale and unknown closer to our own conceivable reality. By viewing our existence in relation to the rest of the cosmos, I hope to create a sense of connection for the viewer to the universe as our home, but also to create a connection to one another. The spiral design of Mitochondrial is based on the golden spiral, or Fibonacci spiral, which exists as the structure for the arms of the...

eMotion

By Kyle Hannon

We live in a world over-saturated with stimulation. Many people are overwhelmed by this stimulation, whereas others thrive on it. I am exploring the influence of stimulation in the form of color, light, and motion on a person’s emotional states, and the potential of fabricating it with design principles in mind. My goal is to create a dynamic environment to convey stimulation, through the use of projected imagery.        

To Define One’s Self in Five Images

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For this piece I was faced with the challenge of capturing my being in five photographs. It has been said that “a picture is worth 1,000 words”, but I have yet to meet a person that can be defined in 5,000. The multilayered quality of humanity is infinitely complex and indescribable. So I created a collage with the five photographs. The different aspects of self interact with each other to further evoke the layers of person that each of us hold within us. Placing, spacing, scale and color come together to create a single image of self. Whatever that may be. I created this piece in late January of 2015 in my studio at Ohio University.      

Elliptical Interactions

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In my recent work I have been interested in the systems and structures occurring in nature that control and create function as well as beauty within it. The physical laws or rules repeating throughout nature often go unnoticed in lieu of the aesthetic appeal of an object or phenomenon, despite that many of our conceptions of beauty are based in these rules or systems. By exploring areas of intersection between the systems within our own existence and the systems or laws that control the universe at a cosmic level, I am able to fulfill my own longing for connection to the universe as a whole and to make those ideas of extreme scale and unknown closer to our own conceivable reality. My inspiration for Elliptical Interactions comes from the similarity in the shape of orbits of planets and of electrons around a nucleus, making a connection between the cosmos and the physics of our own...

Composition Thesis

By Jake Schlaerth

I am attempting to traverse the fields of both music and visual art via the realm of computer programming. I have always been interested in alternative midi controllers, and with my recent interest in Max and OpenGL, I have begun to work with the Haken Continuum Fingerboard. Our school’s fingerboard is an older model, meaning that it has no on-board synthesizer. I have had to work with raw midi data in max in order to design my own working translation of the numbers from the fingerboard into a system of digital signal processing, and then use that signal processing to control OpenGL rendering software (through Jitter). The culmination of this work will be my Composition Thesis Recital in late April. A preview of the work :      ...

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...

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...

Our Breath is What Propels Us

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This past Semester in my Junior composition class as a BFA Dance student I choreographed a duet. For the project I used a sound recorder from the CREATE_space to record the music for the piece. The sounds I recorded were of myself and my dancers speaking a quote that inspired me while making the piece. The quote is “Our breath is what propels us, breath is life sustaining”. I also recorded various breathing patterns of myself and dancers. My choreography was inspired by breath and the air around us. http://www.aesthetictechnologies.org/atlab/wp-content/uploads/tdomf/11169/JuniorComp.mp3      ...

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