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What May Come From Observation

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I am currently documenting my body of work entitled: What May Come From Observation. This work explores birds’ nest as a subject within an emblematic sense, but upon investigation yields a poetic language in rhythmic harmony to humans and the objects we adorn and occupy. I am fascinated by how forms in nature occur and interrelate with the human experience. I believe the lack of unmediated experiences with the natural environment is the cause for much of the world’s psychological, social, and environmental ills. My desire is to bring back the lost connection with nature and the environment by mixing and merging the co-existences that parallel between the wonders of the wild and humanistic tendencies. Through this I reconsider with wonderment the value of finding interest in the ordinary things of nature, the value of rediscovery, and the contemplation of possibilities that could...

A Quiet Desperation

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My work and research concerns the nature of images within electronic media and digital technologies. In an era where communicative and semantic acts are dominated by electronic milieus I’m interested in how the interchangeability of signs function to mask the ‘real.’ This masking yields a distanced and indifferent audience towards the outcomes of political, social, artistic, personal, etc., events. Thus these events lose significance and context, which ultimately produces large-scale indifference and passivity in industrialized populations. In an environment of endless references without real referents, the distinction between appearance and object (simulation v reality) could potentially result in the loss of human existence in a virtual or holographic state. The purpose of my work is to analyze how images within media are used to create and perpetuate false understandings of the...

Study Photo: Marble Mountain Wilderness

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I am currently printing a selection of prints from my series Study Photos. As action-based photography, for this work I go to great lengths to be present in remote places, places made invisible, and spaces that are difficult to articulate or define. This work is shot at three designated areas: the wilderness, wastelands, and revolutionary autonomous spaces. The images move through different attempts of documentation of the action of witnessing these places through the body. The study in the wilderness establishes deep relentless bodily experience and violent desperation in solitude with an awareness of loss. The wasteland study depicts an anti-survivalist urge to return to the seepage and undesired spaces: a failure that can be nothing else. The frames taken revolutionary spaces also heighten the awareness of failure of representation, as these spaces are inaccessible to the viewer...

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....

Circle Dance: A Full Moon Ritual Performance

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This documentation is of my performance for a Title Project in Description (Foundation Art Course). I chose the title “Circle Dance” and from that seized the coincidence of class being on the same day as the full moon (November 6th, 2014). As a practicing Pagan, the title circle dance reminded me of Pagan, public rituals in which dancing around the fire to musical instruments and voice is a part of the experience with nature. As a public ritual, i had my classmates, teacher, and teaching assistant participate in the performance. The ritual consisted of cleansing the space (first video), setting up the space for the ritual (first picture), giving some background information about the full moon, respect, and logistics, calling on the gods and elements, casting the circle for the sacred space (outlined by the candles in the picture), having everyone clear their minds with a...

Brick City Brass

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Brick City Brass is a brass quintet composed of undergraduate music students from the School of Music. Elise Armstrong and Ranga Munasinghe are the Trumpets, Zach Spivey on Horn, Dylan Chase on Trombone, and Joan Engel on Tuba. They meet twice a week to rehearse and their coach is the new Trombone professor Lucas Regos Borges. Their recital will be November 15 at 2pm in Glidden recital hall. The recital is in collaboration with Joan Engel. Joan will be playing solo on one half and the quintet will be on the other half. Brick City Brass contacted me asking to take pictures to help promote their upcoming concert and future concerts.I have not done much with incorporating themes in photography so Joan and I thought it would be a great idea to use the bricks located in Memorial Auditorium and along College Green to accent their name “ Brick City Brass”. The pictures turned out very...

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...

Empathic Living for the Couch Potato

By Steph Wadman

Empathic Viewing for the Couch Potato uses a selection of material, food, and video as a means to equate two separate experiences to another, the physical sensation of pressure from a baby. Using two experiences that are relatable to anyone, sit-ups until exhaustion and eating gaseous foods, the viewer is asked to add them in their mind to equate to the experience of a mother. Realizing that this is an approximation, and not an equalization, I aim to invoke empathy through the effort of the audience participating in metaphysical experiences.    

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...

Untitled

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This project began as a conversation between two objects in two images. Each of the two framing pieces have one object being depicted, and although the objects are on different planes, a representation of the disorienting organization of the play, they are able to express the idea that, one can move their eye, in fluid motion, between two images on different planes, if the images are placed correctly. The dialogue between these images conveyed the idea of connectivity based on the placement of objects. This is something that can be seen in Rauschenberg’s work and in the play, bobrauschenbergamerica. According to charlesmee.org, the play is a “collage of people and places and music and dancing…and the sheer exhilaration of living in the country where people make up their lives as they go”. This work, in its ability to create communication between two objects, almost embodies the collage...

Post Black: Trezon Dancy

By Ryan Davis

The term Post-Black is a new development in contemporary art. If you’ve followed my post at all you will notice that this is something I have been exploring since Spring semester of the 2013-14 school yr in various formats. Most recently I have started a series of paintings. At this point in the project I am still collecting reference images for paintings. I photographed Trezon Dancy. I am using him along with others as a way to portray the diversity of Black identity through portraiture. This photoshoot was taken plan on October 17th at the photography lab in Seigfred Hall which has been a consistent place for me to do portrait photography. These photographs will inevitably be used as references for paintings. If you are engaged with my project and would like to follow my progress you can also view my website and my website blog www.ryandavistheartist.com...

Basel Design

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In June of 2013, Don Adleta started a year of intensive research documenting the Advanced Class of Graphic Design at the Basel School of Design 1968-1999, his Swiss Alma mater. Supported by The CREATE____space and four research grants: one from the College of Fine Arts’ Scholarly Research Award, 2013, two from School of Art + Design Faculty Development Fund, 2013, and 2014, and one most recently from the College of Fine Arts’ Faculty Development Fund, 2014. Adleta is realizing a portion of his quest to create a reference document outlining the pedagogy initiated in Basel and practiced in numerous design programs worldwide. In 2013, Adleta created a 5 day refuge for 11 alumni and Wolfgang Weingart in the Azores to discuss the synergy resulting from theBasel Weiterbildungsklasse für Grafik (WBK). These discussions involved Jerry Kuyper, US, Hamish Muir, UK, Hamish Thompson, NZ as well as...

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...

Recreating Robert Rauschenburg’s “Monogram”

By Linda Di Bernardo

The job of the props artisan is to create the objects that enhance the believability of the world of the play. If done well, both the audience and actors willingly allow themselves to be transported and suspension of disbelief can only achieved if the props are accurate and authentic. bobrauschenburgamerica, by Charles Mee was the first show of the 2014-15 season produced by the Ohio University School of Theatre. One of the props called for was a reproduction of a well known sculpture by the artist Robert Rauschenburg called “Monogram”, which depicts a life-size goat with a tire around it’s belly and a face full of paint. This required extensive research into not only accurately depicting a life-size goat, but how to do it both cheaply and efficiently – two other important factors of being a props artisan. For roughly $120, and on a three week time frame, the...

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