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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      ...

Design, Materiality & Sustainability – Screen design: Material/ Fabrication/space

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This class focuses on the understanding and use of materials in interior environments. It is an introduction to the essential properties of a wide range of materials and their dynamic engagement with the corporeal and non-physical qualities of space. The students will analyze spatial properties, interior systems and develop an interpretive vocabulary enabling an innovative discourse of spatial and material experiences. Students delve into how spaces, materials, human factors, social events and cultural rituals intertwine to form an enriched and informed dialogue. The class acquires the fundamental skills associated with material exploration, model-making and representing spatial ideas with study models. The course also highlights the evolving breadth of sustainable “green” building design through methods of representation, life cycle of spatial systems, research, and issues...

Eavesdropping

By Elizabeth Boch

In my installation, I was interested in borrowing an aspect of the body. However, rather than giving it life as a part of the body, I sought to personify the wall by plastering the piece onto it. It acts as a blemish on the wall, behind which a private discussion festers. It speaks to the viewer in inaudible whispers, white noises, and other sounds which are muffled plagiarisms of a potential discussion on the other side. I hope that the viewer would be enticed by the audio streaming through the central mouth, enough to approach it out of curiosity. The wall is a barrier for the viewer of this piece, and the mouth acts as a tool to transcend it. It is my intention that through the repeating audio, the loud clang part way through startles the listener similarly to how unpleasant gossip and devastating news might shock and distress them through eavesdropping. The wall, in this case, acts...

Achromotrichia Pt. 2

By Tina Vu

Achromotrichia, the loss of pigmentation, results in grey hairs. Fingers look through a thick forest of dark hairs, finding and plucking strands of grey hair. These recordings play with an accompanying soundtrack of a female singing a bittersweet Vietnamese song about being twenty. She sounds like she is singing alone in a small room as I try to contain how I feel about change in my artwork. The video can stand alone as a piece, but an artwork responding to the video is currently under development. At the moment, I am working with images of the hair that was plucked and kept....

Thesis: Camp Out!

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My work primarily looks at queer identity and personal identity and their connection to a rural or blue collar setting. For my thesis I am looking at different manifestations of queer performance, from the mundane, to the campy, and to the private. It is all set around the idea of a wooded area and summer camp. For this section of the installation I am creating video pieces as the persona of the Queer. This persona/creature is constructed faux folk legend that personifies many of the campier or effeminate mannerism stereotypical attributed to gay men. The work is hoping to show how all levels of performance are a coping and survival method that are born from natural tendencies and the culture we live in.      

Creative Relationship Series

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My goal of this series is to order the 8 images so that they may tell a story. But when the order is changed it may tell a different story using the same characters. This series depicts a relationship between a man and women at the point when their relationship takes a turn for the worse. The images can be reordered to change the story for better or worse. With eight individual images, multiple story lines may unfold. This was without a doubt the most difficult project I have ever completed. Being in charge of not only the conceptual aspect but the technical execution as well became a logistical nightmare for a two-week project. But I was very passionate about this project as it is the largest scale production I have ever directed. One valuable lesson that I learned from this project is that if I want to organize a large scale production like this again I will either need a team of at...

Do You Know How It Feels To Be Human?

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This piece explores the physical aspect of humanity and how it feels to live inside and as a human body. The video is meant to regard the body as an object to be experienced, both from an internal and an external perspective. It shows closeup views of myself performing bodily tasks such as swallowing, breathing, or squeezing my skin and is meant to call attention to each component of the body and how it functions as a piece of the whole, as well as how it is experienced by the individual to which it belongs. This piece was inspired by the numbness that one can fall into in today’s world. It is meant to be a reminder that we still exist as physical beings despite the disconnect that comes with technology and thought based society. It is my hope that in watching the video, viewers are brought to an awareness of their own physical self. The video was filmed in November 2014 in a...

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....

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...

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...

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