Mask and eyes


This drawing original is an unconscious drawing, almost based on self thinking. When I finished drawing, I found out there are a lot of signs include in the elements I used in the work. Eyes, mask, third eyes, rolling eyes, concentric lines, etc. Those all include meanings behind and also reflect myself.      

Evaporation Walks

By Lori Esposito

I want to tell you about the walks I have been taking. They help me be in my body where my experiences of the world are more direct. During these walks, my feet press firmly against the ground and I become increasingly aware of my environment. My breath connects to the pace of my walking — slow and steady. My hands carry well utilized dinner plates of pigmented water through vast and unpopulated fields, urban streets, country roads and highway ditches. The color rhythmically sways like waves on a shore until evaporated. All of existence and its complexities are reduced to a quiet task, carried out with a single intention. Presence. Evaporation Walking is a practice I began in 2012 as a means for letting go of grief. In collaboration with place and time, the process of evaporation sets the duration for each walk. The gesture of carrying evaporating water is a metaphor for carrying a body transitioning from life to death. Along the way, perceived boundaries between body and space are softened. Prior to walking with plates in the environment, I began walking in the studio. I practiced establishing strength and balance while walking with sealed vessels of water. I wove together plastic bags and tied them to the lids of empty juice containers.They swung like pendulums on each side of my body pulling me forward in short gentle bursts. If I broke the rhythm by rushing, stopping, or getting distracted the vessels would bounce against my legs awkwardly and interrupt the flow. I began this process blindfolded because I found the vessels entrancing and wanted to focus on the movement. At times it felt like I was dancing with a silent partner. This was a comforting sensation. Prior to this life changing loss, my former studio work was extremely solitary and still. I would spend countless hours hunched over a drawing or painting. This activity had a numbing effect on my anxiety. However, when I attempted to retreat to my studio after my sister passed I could not concentrate. The past would encircle me like a tornado of emotions blocking any clarity on the present and future. I cannot recall exactly how the plate found its way to my hand. How the water came to rest in the plate, or when I decided to walk out of my studio. A blog for this practice can be visited at http://evaporationwalks.wordpress.com/    ...

IF (Imaginary Friend)


My research was fairly short. To summarize, I looked at the TED Talks Video with Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius.   [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86x-u-tz0MA]   In watching this video, I took some time to think about imaginary friends and their impact on creative thinking. I wanted to show the depth creativity can take, so I set a specific threshold of characters to draw. The set number was one thousand and I reached one thousand and one on a page miscount for the better. I made one slideshow including all one thousand original characters spanning 22 minutes, a booklet featuring eighty characters a page, and one thousand stickers each with an imaginary friend on them. My project statement: I have a strong relationship with my imaginary friend (IF). He aids my creative thinking. Having his input constantly helps me with my ideas. Having conversations with him presents possibilities much like mind mapping and brainstorming between two people. Through this project I wanted to document a wide variety of other imaginary friends (I managed to reach one thousand original characters.) all doing the same...

8080 – BFA Thesis Exhibition

By Drew Michael

“The first video games consisted of a joystick and one or two buttons. They created a competitive frenzy to achieve the highest score, and immersed the player in a virtual world filled with colored pixels. The games emerged from huge machines in local arcades and had no 3-Dimensional graphics. Now these games that are more complex and colorful, can fit into our pockets traveling wherever we go.” This piece was created to show the evolution in technology. I reanimated old video games and projected them over wood burnings of abstract circuit boards. These burnings were cut to match the screen sizes of modern portable devices, i.e. phones, tablets, and laptops. The video games were animated so they seem like they are playing by themselves and do not make mistakes. I feel that this gives the viewer a strange feeling because they might want to be able to control them and make different decisions but this prevents them from doing so. I was inspired to make this piece because a lot of the newer video games are pushing technology to its maximum capability trying to make them as realistic as possible. They try to create an alternate reality. Older video games, however, were about achieving the highest score, getting to the furthest level, and really about trying to beat your friends. They have a nostalgic quality to them that I feel will never be lost. In my work I like to use both traditional and digital mediums and this piece was the first time I combined the two and made them work together. I plan on continuing to push technologies capability within my works because I believe that technology fuels creativity, and creativity fuels technology.   Drew Michael 8080 Pyrography and Stain on Wood Video Projection (210” x 60”)...


By Mateo Galvano

As part of my research and studio practice that is in turn informed by my participation in gallery exhibitions, I’m working on a series of large mixed media collages that are comprised of digital photographs layered with drawings and paintings on translucent plastic vellum. Some of the works are displayed on the gallery wall, while some are pressed under stacks of glass on the floor, and others employ a combination of these strategies in one work. Silk, hair, and three dimensional objects are sometimes included. The abstract, gestural, painterly and drawn marks partially obscure and merge with the landscape photographs to create a hybrid combination of painting and photography. I’m also experimenting with projections of still and moving landscape images upon the collages to create multi-media assemblages. Entitled Sanctum, the series refers to the idea of the inner life, and the layers of alternately revelatory and hidden material of the individual psyche. This work invites a discourse regarding the idea that memory and a state of contemplation can be activated by landscape imagery, as well as the multiple readings brought about by the language of abstraction.      ...


By Haylee Ebersole

My MFA Thesis Exhibition, POROUS SEDIMENTS, featured an array of sculptural objects, graphite drawings, monotype prints, and digital media. To produce this work, I utilized the services and equipment from the @Lab and received technical feedback from Nathan, who is awesome. The following text is the artist statement from the exhibition. POROUS SEDIMENTS is a series of works comprised of residual traces. While the term porous describes the material nature of this work, it also embodies a particular way of thinking and making. In my practice, each process is permeable where the actions and residuals from one become the generative premise for the next. THINGS SMELL The sculptural objects in this show, altogether, consist of 100 pounds of dehydrated gelatin. Gelatin, a substance literally made up of body—collagen extracted from animal skins, bones, and connective tissues—provides the material basis for my conceptual inquiry. Resembling the ways that skin and fat fluctuate in response to what surrounds our bodies, gelatin responds to fluctuations in moisture and heat, yielding various phase transitions from solid to liquid and in between. Each form that emerges through this process is eventually reconstituted, melted down and transformed into a new state. In this way, the gelatin takes on a cyclical and corporeal existence, continually coming into and out of being. THINGS CHANGE While inhabiting a very tangible presence, this work is embedded with the possibility of change. Through the displacement of air or a shifting in humidity, gelatin forms may faintly waver or suddenly collapse. In some instances, this change manifests through metaphor. Densities of line obscure form, layers of plastic wrap accumulate into a restrictive barrier, and indexical impressions capture surfaces of gelatin remnants no longer in existence....

A body to build on


I borrowed a camera and tripod to take a series of photographs of myself. These were then turned into silhouettes and are being used as stencils in a drawing and a series of etchings. The images you are seeing are details from this drawing; it plays with scale, perspective, and notions of how our bodies relate to the built environment.

in progress experiments

By Daniel King

Mechanical recordings combined with marks made by hand on top of a projected image and re-photographed. A way to obscure and confuse as well as frame the way we look at images. Mostly though I’m thinking of how to put this visual translation to use across a range of images dealing with time.

Action Vs Reaction

By Natalie Preston

No matter how small, every action has weight in the world. My most recent project is an investigation of how to get people to reflect on the complex ways in which our actions effect each other. As a society our interactions are becoming more and more mediated through technologies like the internet. The public is placed in a position to make a mark (or to take an action), but not told what mark to make. Many of the participants make crude, inappropriate or childish marks, only to go into the next room to see their marks projected onto my body. There is an enlightening moment when it becomes revealed to them that they were being watched, resulting in a sense of vulnerability that perhaps causes the participants to consider what they would have done differently had they known about the implications of their actions.  

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