Second Shift


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...

The Still Lives


As I create traditional 2d work, it is necessary that I keep quality documentation of what I make and how I made it. What I have been creating recently are pieces for two bodies of work. While I explore different approaches to making conceptually successful work, I am also working toward honing my technical skill. I am also photographing works in preparation for a small exhibition of drawings which will be held in Cube 4 Gallery on January 15th and 16th 2016.      



I view drawing as the most intimate form of art. A sketchbook shows the artist’s inner feelings and thoughts, shows vulnerability… this is an artist’s diary. The most beautiful concept of drawing is that it is often the stepping stone to what something could be. I believe that is so exciting. In many cases, drawing is the beginning of art forms and one may consider the sketchbook to be the birthplace of an art piece. The act of drawing is similar to my abstract works in the sense that I use intuition to guide me and do not know exactly where the drawing will take me. I am using raw emotion and I usually am not even sure what those feelings are until after my work is complete. Then I take a step back to look at the piece and absorb the art and emotion it evokes. If I have a strong sense that I have to work through an emotion, I will continue to draw. Later, looking back, I can recall...

Insight into a work in progress


Evolution is an interest of mine but I am a religious person who believes in a higher power. I have always been bothered by the notion of picking one creation or evolution. I choose both. In my work I investigate humans and animals forming. Using two images I demonstrate and ask my viewer to draw a relation between the two. I use a pen and drawings to go back to what I imagine old scientific drawings and discoveries to look like

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...

IF (Imaginary Friend)


My research was fairly short. To summarize, I looked at the TED Talks Video with Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius.     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...

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...


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,...


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...

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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