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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?”          ...

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!        ...

Atlas of Athens: A Visual Literacy of Place

By Misty Thomas-Trout

“Atlas of Athens: A Visual Literacy of Place” is a case-study that visualizes the network of people working together in Athens. “Atlas of Athens” came about through the recognition of how I changed my own behaviors due to the interaction with the people and the culture of this place. This research project is an effort to convey the connections that strengthen the economic health of this community and how place affects the individual. It suggests the value of strengthening the relationship between design, humanity, people and the environment. The results of this research demonstrate that support for direct, first-hand relationships and local economic networks and how they affect human patterns of behavior and foster positive change in small communities such as Athens. More importantly, this research is showing how people connect with one another and how they...

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...

Registration: A Collection of Digital Footprints

By Euzhan Shabazz

By definition, there are two classifications for digital footprinting: active and passive. Active digital footprinting is created when personal data is released deliberately by the user, whereas, passive digital footprinting is created when personal data is collected without the user realizing. In regards to technology, everything you say and do has the potential of leaving a digital footprint–showing where you’ve been, and where you are now. Examples of passive digital footprinting can be seen when one visits a website. The web server logs your IP address, which identifies your Internet service provider and your approximate location. A more personal facet of passive digital footprinting could be one’s browsing history, which is saved by some search engines while logged in. As for active digital footprinting, examples of this can be anything from publishing a blog, sending an email, or...

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...

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        

Longing(s)

By Anh Ta

The projecting video was taken during my bus ride on Christmas Eve to see loved ones in Iowa. There is something about sitting next to a body of strangers and bus drivers not getting to be with their families on the night of Christmas to serve an individual like me that is quite humble to me. The bed framed structure, sewn blanket and pillows, and flower vase symbolize a thought, a response, or a prayer that have for my parents. Based on the idea of connection and disconnection with my biological home, the piece expands to the idea of distance and time between spaces and places, there and here, domestic and foreign. This piece was installed at the Ridges in January, 2016.        ...

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...

Voluntary Involuntary Intimacy

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How do you communicate aliveness? Presence? Medically and metaphorically, a heartbeat is a measure of life. How do we connect to each other through our bodies across physical, psychological, linguistic, or emotional distance? This installation depends on participation. A stethoscope head hangs on a wall next to a cell phone, a wire connecting the two. Across the room, on a pedestal, is a box wrapped with felt like an envelope. When participant A puts the stethoscope head against their heart, their heartbeat can be heard coming from the envelope box across the room. When participant B picks up the envelope box they can feel the lub-dub of Participant A’s heart beating from the speaker they hold in their hands. It is the shared body, disembodied. It is the involuntary intimacy of the heart pumping, volunteered. The first iteration of this installation was shown on December 3, 2015...

Before dawn

By Anh Ta

I silk-screen my father’s emails sent to me over the past few years on fabric, pour 80 pounds of rice on the floor, and project window blind silhouettes all together to compose this installation, which I address as an examination of my biological home. The act of repetitive silk-screening reintroduces a clearer view into old things and old days that I overlooked and perhaps forgot. Fabric became significant in my life since the earliest memory of watching my mother hand-sewing clothes for the family. Hence, these fabric sheets, cut out in letter shape and hung together in space by cotton thread, form a dialogue between geographical, emotional distance, and family ties. The element of rice emerges as a momentous perception. From personal viewpoint, a circle of rice suggests the need to be fed, to be supported, to be whole. While aiming to use this element as part of the...

Design, Materiality, & Sustainability: Final Wall Project

By Charlotte Klimovich

The final project of Mona Ghandi’s Design, Materiality, and Sustainability class was to design and fabricate a section of a wall. This should be done both using 3D printing technology and a more traditional method of fabrication (i.e. molding and casting), to illustrate the benefits and drawbacks of both methods. I used the CREATE_space Replicator 2 3D printer to fabricate four 4″x4″ tiles to satisfy the 3D printing requirement of the project. The wall section we created had to stand on its own, be able to be viewed from both sides, and have some kind of porosity. My overarching concepts to explore were depth and movement. I had explored in other ways how natural objects (such as hair or water) exemplified these concepts, and so in the program Rhinoceros, I created a tile with a shape reminiscent of a leaf. I also liked how the spaces between the tiles could create...

Thinking Through

By Jena Seiler

On November 21st, I had a show at Louise O’Rourke’s gallery Kitchen Table in Philadelphia. The show title was “Thinking Through” and was compilation of artworks. To differing degrees all of the works dealt with our engagement with media, media conceptualized broadly, and the limits of media in capturing a place, a moment, or a process. With the help of the CREATE_space I was able to print one of the largest pieces of the show. I also borrowed crucial video and audio equipment from the CREATE_space, without which I would not have been able to realized specific artworks. The following images are documentations of the show and were taking by gallery owner Louise O’Rourke.            

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