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Building in the Bomb

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This time I used the resources at CREATE_space to document the building of a large ceramic sculpture in one of our large outdoor gas kilns. This documentation will serve as promotional material for my self and potentially the ceramics department. Once the piece is fired and finished it will be a component of my thesis exhibition titled “IF-Town.” The exhibition will open March 30th at the Majestic Gallery in Nelsonville.

Documenting Student work-Wheel Throwing-Summer 2016

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This project was simply documentation of student work from my summer Wheel Throwing class. The images taken will go to build upon my student portfolio for the upcoming teaching job applications. Additionally, its serves my students in building their own portfolio and skill set as they approach the professional/academic world.

360 Pharma Group Promotional Video

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This summer I have been lucky enough to work with a large and growing Cincinnati pharmaceutical businesses named 360 Pharma Group. I have been asked to make a promotional video for the company that will be featured on their website, and sent out to clients in the U.S., Asia and India. 360 is made of three separate companies, each of which deals with a specific and vital part of the industry. Pharmaceutical business isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, and so I had to find a story that I thought was interesting and that would explain the nature of the company to existing and prospective clients. I discovered that the pharmaceutical business is controlled by 3 large companies, and is in many ways a locked industry. 360 has become successful because it has brought together the separate pieces of the industry: drug distribution, storage and product creation. Today 360 is in...

Polyvocal Mixtape: Positionality

By Ryan Davis

Polyvocal Mixtape: Positionality exhibited March 23-April 17th as my graduate thesis exhibition at Majestic Galleries in Nelsonville, Ohio. This exhibition consists of a series of paintings, screenprints and audio works. I create works through various formats that display an expansion of narratives within Black identity, experimenting with how physical positioning affects the ability to unravel these narratives. Each one of the fifty-seven screenprints is an image of different Black African-American individual constructed simultaneously by negative and positive compositions. These images shift based on one’s physical positioning. The images are negative composites; however, when the Black reflective surface is caught by raking light, the inverse of the negative composite can be perceived. The reflective nature of the surface also mirrors the image of the viewer if he or she is standing...

Chantier

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Chantier is a feature length, experimental film constructed by linking together a series of six short narratives. Chantier attempts to locate possible survival strategies in the replacement of the unity of the subject with an unending process of subjectification based in multiplicity and becoming. Chantier’s narratives feature the same actress playing several different characters, raising the question of how and if these women are the same, or if the uncanny resemblance is merely coincidental.   Chantier is also an experiment in filmmaking praxis. The crew consisted of only myself and my collaborator, Megan Marzec, who wrote and stars in the film. We chose to shoot the film on outdated mini-dv and hi8 tape cameras provided by the Create Space and the OU School of Film, allowing us a high degree of mobility and a budget of $0 for our equipment. The low quality of the image...

Thread for Filth

By Rachel Bender

Drag is an act of gender disruption. It mocks rigid views of gender by pulling back the curtain and forcing us to acknowledge the performative aspects of gender presentation. It parodies the social expectations placed on men and women by taking conventions to their extremes and reveling in the ridiculousness of what we’re left with. My current work explores gender, how we teach children about gender, the prejudices we all have within us relating to gender, and the incredible influence that the environments we were raised in have on what we consider to be ideal, acceptable, and improper on those topics. As a consumer of drag culture, I see the potential of using the visually stunning and attention grabbing aspects of drag as a means of enticing viewers, who may be resistant otherwise, into the conversation about our culture’s rigid parameters on gender and what is deemed appropriate for...

Zeno

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How can we discern the exact point in time during which one moment transitions into the next? The philosopher Zeno of Elea developed four paradoxes querying the contradictory nature of space and time. If one moment can be broken down infinitely, how is transition possible? This is Zeno at its core: straddling the boundary between motion and stillness, between existence and nonexistence. Zeno combines an inaccessible, large-scale world with its microscopic counterpart, available solely through the representation of a past moment. Although the viewer’s visual access to the objects is limited he or she can nevertheless change how they are seen simply by observing them. By referencing the human body in this interaction, Zeno asks, “How does the act of observation change how we view ourselves and others?”          ...

Someone/Anyone

By Steph Wadman

Someone/Anyone acts as both the title of my MFA thesis exhibition and as qualifier for any individual that you may meet. My thesis exhibition combined object making that challenged my audience to make eye contact with each other with a textual piece gathered from Craigslist. The Craigslist project uses personal ‘strictly platonic’ seeking ads from Craigslist to highlight the vast need for human intimacy and contact, and highlights a small local percentage of people who seek to find it by divertive means. Using Craigslist ads I search the words ‘someone’ and ‘anyone’ to narrow the search down to those that are in search of basic human interaction and the possibilities that it holds. I then collect contextualized areas of the bodies of text, as well as the web addresses, and compose a poem/list out of the contextualized ‘someone’ or...

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.        

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