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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,...

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...

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.    ...

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...

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