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Fruition

By Raymond Perez

As a young black man, growing up in a predominantly white suburb, I was immersed in an environment that exposed racial bias and discrimination on a personal and communal level. Fruition is a body of work made up of sculpture, installation, and time-based media that documents the “post racial” world around me; as a way to get a better understanding of a culture that I am apart of, but was not raised in. At the same time, the work speaks to something larger, calling for societal reflection as a whole. Using the reference of a school setting, this work is a reflection of the way education shaped my perceptions of race. The American educational system serves as an institution where our children are taught of their history and core values that shapes their path to adulthood; they also function as ground zero for the stereotyping of African-American men as troublemakers, criminals and thugs....

Narcissus Now

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This semester I used CREATE_space equipment to produce and exhibit several short video art pieces. I recorded myself (with the help of a friend) outdoors with a Panasonic video camera from the lab and used iMovie to edit the footage together. The project works in tandem with my paintings, which have recently involved simulating digital inversion, and using those inverted colors to spark a discussion on the myth of Narcissus (and Narcissism) and the nature of Classical painting. Video is like a modern art form, and it’s much more accessible than painting to most people. Working in both mediums has allowed me to experiment with my own artistic style, which is incredibly important. I presented all of these projects at the Student Expo, where I used tablets and a project from the CREATE_space to bring my creations to life!        ...

Open Inbox – Westside

By Barry O'Keefe

I used CREATE_space resources to document one of 5 public sculptures produced for my MFA thesis exhibition Open Inbox. This box was designed for and installed in Athens’ Westside, with permission. Documentation of the box and its use by the community was included in the thesis exhibition, alongside 4 other sculptures designed for different neighborhoods. Premise: Open Inbox is a series of five public sculptures, designed for five different neighborhoods. These sculptures are designed to function both as reverent monuments to neighborhood history and identity, and as functional community message boards and meeting points. At a time in our culture when traditional models of community are under threat, these sculptures provide neighbors a way to connect, communicate and construct shared identity. Rationale: In 2013 my neighbor was killed in the alley behind my brother’s house...

Hearing Color

By Kelsey Hanson

Hearing Color is an interactive installation about humanity’s perception of color and its effect on the tone quality produced by the voice in choral music. I produced this piece for my senior graphic design thesis show, which ran from March 29 to April 2, 2016 in the Ohio University Art Gallery. Color has inherent meaning. Mark Rothko and Wassily Kandinsky made this connection in their work. They saw color as a spiritual experience for humanity and believed that color alone could reach an audience both physically and emotionally. After these discoveries, it is curious as to why color is often an afterthought or the last step in the design process. Color can be a tool for understanding, but I see it being taken for granted. This is why I felt the need to create an experience that will allow the viewer to attain a deeper understanding of color and to realize his or her humanity in the...

Thread for Filth

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I make drag queen felt dolls. They vary in size but are generally about twelve inches tall. They’re based on real drag queens who have participated in the show Rupaul’s Drag Race. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s a combination of Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, and American Idol where drag queens compete to be crowned America’s next drag super star. After I finished my first doll, I did what any millennial would do, and I posted a picture of it on the internet. Almost immediately it received a comment from someone asking about me making one for her. So I made her one, and she sent me a picture of her nine year old niece, who she requested the doll for, holding the doll and smiling. Coming from the background that I do (catholic) I was stunned that there exists a little girl who loves and is allowed to love drag queens. Well, it doesn’t surprise me that a little girl...

Second Shift

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Second Shift is an exploration into the idea of sustainable innovation through the use and subversion of preexisting materials. These types of materials were used to invent a solution to the time-consuming, analogue technique of stippling. Inspired by homemade tattoo machines, the resulting machine was jerry-rigged using various secondhand components such as a marker tube, roofing nails, and a tablespoon. This machine was then integrated into the development of a large-scale, ink illustration. The values reflected in the illustration stem from concerns regarding environmental exploitation that results from Man’s constant harvesting and manufacturing of new materials and resources. The use of this machine in the illustration is merely one example of how the repurposing of preexisting materials can benefit the development toward a more sustainable future. My research was recorded and...

Endos

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Here, I am documenting some of this semester’s work, which allows me to not only keep record of what I am doing but also helps me determine where I am going with my creative research. The two graphite drawings, “Stain” and “Stain Ampersand”, are part of a developing body of work which explores the “still lives” of fragmented bodies interacting with inanimate objects. “Deep Seeded 1 & 2” deal with memorialization between the lives of plants and people.        

Relief

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The idea for the ciuals stemmed from interviews set between a few classmates and I. After a series of questions the overarching theme that seemed to continually resurface was the feeling of relief. As a part of a larger series I decided to shoot the process I go through seeking this sense of relief, in the literal term. I was able to experiment here and there with the black magic pocket camera prior to my interviews so once the idea came about I knew it would allow me to get the shots and look the video needed to successfully represent the feeling I wanted to portray.        

2016 Graphic Design BFA Exhibition (Registration) Test

By Euzhan Shabazz

By definition, there are two key classifications for digital footprints: passive and active. Passive digital footprinting is created when data is collected without the owner knowing, whereas active digital footprinting is created when personal data is released deliberately by a user for the purpose of sharing information. Using a Xbox Kinect and Shure Microphone, I am creating an interactive installation that utilizes will record the input of three senses: motion, sound, and touch. I enjoy the idea of being able to compare and contrast volumes based on the minutes of an hour and, all through a simple grid structure. Grid formation: (59 seconds by 59 minutes) = 590×590 Second: 1 block = 10×10 | Minute: 59 blocks = 590×10 | Hour: 3481 blocks = 590×590        

Psychological Topographies

By Amy DeSitter

My most recent work maps the spirit of psychological topography in the form of abstract landscapes rendered in varying washes of inks over microscope imagery, creating lush textures. I am utilize an intuitive process that alternates between digital and analog as a method of examining my relationships with self and the spaces I occupy. I document microscopic features of my body and my surroundings through a microscopic attachment of my iPhone. After altering the photographs in Photoshop, I print the compositions onto Yupo and begin to manipulate them using alcohol and ink. This results in abstract visual metaphors that resemble aerial landscapes or topographical images. I use this process as a way to both explore and complicate my relationship to and understanding of my surroundings.          

Polyvocal Mixtape: Projection 3

By Ryan Davis

This projection is a major process in a continuation of paintings towards my thesis exhibition titled Polyvocal Mixtape: Positionality. These paintings incorporate context of abstract expressionism by use of Ad Reinhardts Black Painting series. The grid in my paintings references those paintings. Over top I paint a figure in an ambiguous position. This part of the process is a projection of a photograph I took onto canvas in preparation for the painting. The projection process took place at the Ridges Studio in December.        

The interpretation of my dream

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The concept of my work has not been changed and is still exploring and elaborating dreams. According to my previous research, the psychologist Cain (2013) mentioned that there is no clear boundary between dreams and reality. However, at the end of the term, when I looked back to the work, I made constant changes to the artistic performance practices and details. Though the creation of my work, I did several experiments on how to present my dreams. I started with simple illustration using software combination and then I started to explore some materials and media,which might bring new inspiration of grain such as, I tried to explore different textures brought by some new materials as well as enriched and strengthened the connotation of the work itself. I tried to carve pictures on cardboard, both positive and negative sides, and draw with paint spraying instead of paintings using this...

Awakening

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I start with painting the background on a canvas or a piece of wood. After applying paint in a way I feel is aesthetically pleasing I continue working with my intuition to let the forms and shapes come from a place within. I tend to go into detail using cell resembling structures. The “cells” coming together relates to my idea of evolution and creation. I believe there is a tie between the two. I rollick the notion that one does not have to choose one but they can conjoin. To give my work a look of completion I pour resin on the finished piece that adds a vitreous look.        

White Noize

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“White Noize” is a music video for local Athens band, Water Witches. White Noize takes the viewer through the experience of the birth of Water Witches, leading up to the formation of their fictitious cult following.   The video begins with a witch summoning Avian Goddesses, who cast a spell and tend to a giant egg. Most of the visuals chosen for the video have an occult theme. The snakes represent the temporal experience. Birds and eggs are used to represent birth, change, and feminine creative force that drives artist and magical energies. Feathers are used to represent freedom, and pay tribute to the bands’ new album titled “Feathers”.   Water Witches hatch from the giant egg, and the Avian Goddesses nurse them to health. Their story takes a dark twist when the cult followers rock out as the music becomes chaotic. A rabbit mask is worn by a...

Untitled

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On November 21st I collectively interviewed 3 people as part of my project Polyvocal Mixtape. In this interview that is treated more like a discussion, we talk about personal stories to reveal various illustrations unique to each individual. This interview is part of a series of interviews that will be exhibited in my thesis exhibition on March 25th. In the interviews of the 3 people they opened about stories ranging from being raised Catholic and it’s rarity being a Black women to even how their hair is a prominent part of their identity. These interviews are just as much for the interviewees. I’ve discovered that even though most often the people being collectively interviewed know each other, they learn new things that may not have come up in conversation otherwise. This reinforces bonds deeper then surface level connections. The three images are the three people I...

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