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ART 1220, Image

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The following explores fundamental issues and concepts of  image creation, to have been designed to further develop the designers’ ability to perceive, interpret and record information. The works evolve from executing simple interpretations of aesthetic form to visually translating complex observations. A focus on ‘the aesthetic’ order throughout this research will concentrate on understanding the structure of objects and color through traditional drawing. We can look at image from an aesthetic, a theoretic, a pragmatic or a personal point of view. All are valid approaches and each can be used in a variety of applications. We have to remember, however, that we are experimenting with image inside the context of a school of art and design that prepares individuals for a variety of potential disciplines. Thus the visual experiments have been selected to have purpose for...

Dark Water

By Ian Campbell

In August of 1817, a number of people claimed to have seen a “Sea Serpent” in the harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Many scholars, scientists, and historians have attempted to speculatively identify this creature as a species yet unknown to science, and even more skeptics have disparaged the account as a hoax, or the product of provincial naïveté. Yet what really happened that summer, 200 years ago, remains a mystery. The true identity of the Gloucester Sea Serpent remains unknown: irretrievably lost to the passage of time. For my MFA thesis project, I used this enigma of natural history as a “narrative spine” to bind together an idiosyncratic sequence of images, texts, objects, and audio recordings that I presented at Trisolini Gallery this April. This body of work began last summer, when I travelled to Gloucester, Massachusetts to conduct research at the Cape Ann Museum and seek...

Barbie in Real Life

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In our society, Mattel’s Barbie doll is seen as a sort of standard of beauty and femininity. However, what people often don’t take into account is the fact that Barbie dolls are anatomically incorrect, and cannot do most things that an actual human can. Likewise, although humans can slightly more successfully imitate Barbie dolls, they still look ridiculous and the poses are incredibly useless in everyday life. What these things say about the design of Barbie dolls is that it is flawed at its very core, inaccurately depicting the human body and its functionality. My series of photographs seeks to explore this discrepancy in the doll’s design by looking at how a typical girl looks when attempting to imitate a Barbie doll’s poses and design. I used the blue screen in the CREATE_space studio to take photographs of a girl posing as a Barbie doll would with a series of props. I then used...

Hyperspace Playground

By Barry O'Keefe

A series of kinetic sculptures that modify the non-spaces formed at the margins of highway infrastructure. The swing, with its connotations of youth, freedom and wonder is inserted into this alienated wasteland in order to highlight through contrast the distorted values inherent in the design of our landscape. The on ramp and the overpass, through the anomalous presence of a person, are rendered monumental and sublime, and reveal their hostility to the human body, and indifference to history, culture and social relationships. Animations which document this project were displayed using resources from the Create Space.  ...

Dodecahedra

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‘Dodecahedra’ is an installation utilizing sculptural object and projection to transform a space through refracted light. The concept for ‘Dodecahedra’ originated from Plato’s assignment of the five platonic solids to the elements that construct the universe, including fire, water, earth, and air. The dodecahedron, or 12-sided solid, is representative of the cosmos itself. The dodecahedra in my installation have been constructed from cut and folded plastic material, and a projected animation of changing color and light creates moving and changing refractions on the walls and ceiling. I am interested in creating a transformed space for the viewer to enter into and instill a sense of meditative calm similar to what I feel during the repetitious creation of these objects. I hope to evoke in the viewer ideas of creation, existence, and the truth of our perception.    ...

Dysphoria

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Dysphoria is an experimental film that explores the everyday experiences of someone living with body dysphoria, specifically as it relates to gender, through visual representation. Shots of everyday activities like showering and brushing teeth are intercut with shots meant to induce anxiety and create discomfort. My plans for the sound include a reading of medical definitions and diagnoses about gender identity disorder. The clinical text will be a stark juxtaposition to the emotional images.    ...

Documentary

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These are interviews that I shot on my Blackmagic camera with rappers, I LOVE MAKONNEN and G-Eazy from The Number Fest on April 18th, 2015. I was in charge of covering the interviews between these hip hop stars and the Billboard Top 100 representatives. These  interviews are going to be placed strategically in my Documentary, falling nicely  under the section where  I  relate socializing and stereotypes.  My documentary topic covers the status of Greek Life here at Ohio University. I am producing this documentary through my class called, Documentary and Storytelling.​ I am taking this class through the School of Media Arts and Studies. These are interviews with I LOVE MAKONNEN and G-Eazy. These artists are being interviewed by a representative from Billboard Top 100.  

Black Hands Reaching Toward Black Space Continued….

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The original project under this title was ruminating on my exhibited physical reactions to social constraints that exist within a controlled population. In other words, I was attempting to understand my place within my childhood community. These works take that concept a little further, in that, I am considering my tendency to be both hyper visible and invisible. With this particular work I am attempting to understand how my body functions within an entirely dark or well-lit space. What does it mean to be both invisible and hyper visible? Is there any room for physical ambiguity?    

In and Around The Barn – Red Projection

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This is a continuation of my previous “Color Experimentation” project. {Leander Edmiston and myself(Dan Manion) have begun to experiment with a series of color-based video projects. Our aim is to explore the many facets of color, including its incorporation into storytelling and its emotional associations. Ambiguous and undulating inks confront the viewer with an escape from reality. Together we have begun creating organic-esque, complex, and abstract “colorscapes” that reference the natural world.}     This first edited video entitled “RED” is an example of my fascination with back and forth submergence into a created dreamlike space. With help from Nathan from the Create_Space, I was able to project this video at the gallery show entitled “In And Around The Barn” held this past month at The Dairy Barn.  ...

Meadow Bridge

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Meadow Bridge is a small town located in Fayette County, West Virginia. A population of 379 was recorded for the 2010 census. At the heart of this small town is Meadow Bridge High School. Because of the small population that continues to decrease, the threat of consolidation constantly looms over the school. If consolidation were to transpire the school would not be the only loss…the small town would go with it. On June 13th, 2015 Fayette County will vote on a bond that will decide the fate of the school and in doing so, the fate of the town. This short film documents the struggle of a community that is fighting to keep their children, students, friends, etc. in their local school. The debates are heated as opponents and proponents to the bond battle out opinions on social media, community meetings, and political stages. With this short documentary I hope to capture the...

Precarious Places in the Established Order

By Daniel King

As part of my MFA Thesis research and production I created an exhibition called “Precarious Places in the Established Order,” on view in the Ohio University Art Gallery March 30-April 4, 2015. The work created for this show encompassed a variety of material and conceptual practices, using analog tradition black & White photography, Multi-channel HD video, carefully designed audio components and wall projections. Artist Statement: The limited access highway system plays a ubiquitous function in activating experiences of both the mundane and the exceptional. Considering the highway as conduit architecture means recognizing its design promotes efficiency and industry over geographic awareness and sensitivity to place. My goal was to embark on a journey to become sensitized to periphi, to allow the act of framing the visible world to curl in on itself, to include the role...

Distance Photography Project

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The idea behind this project was to do a series of nature shots in locations that were unsuitable for a macro lens (hills and such). One of the challenges of this project was to decide the depth of field of the composed image. This required several experiments and reshoots to come out with a series that I was happy with. To do this I borrowed the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and the EF 70-300 mm lens. The flower image attached to this write-up was taken with: aperture-11 shutter-1/320 and ISO-200 on manual focus. The other sculpture picture was shoot with: aperture-16 shutter-1/125 and ISO-200 on manual focus.    

The Method behind the madness

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Every Friday evening, the playwrights of OU write a script from scratch from Monday evening to Thursday Afternoon to have produced and executed as a full stage play on Friday at 11AM. This process has turned itself into a great tradition and academic class called ‘Midnight Madness’. This short cut to theatre plays call for flowing playwrights, willing actors and available tech staff. After the writing process this entire fly by night script must resemble a full fledge play inclusive a technical rehearsal. No wonder it got that name! This project follows the process behind the scenes of this fly by night production project. Ryan Dolan – 2nd yr MFA – Playwright student is the one that takes us through the paces. From conception to perception we follow a day in the life of midnight madness through the eyes of Ryan Dolan.  ...

eMotion

By Kyle Hannon

This project focuses on creating an experience which combats the overwhelming amount of digital and social stimulation that exists in the world today. I wanted to create a tranquil environment with light and color, that viewers could escape to, ignoring their phones and computers for a time. The pattern is dynamically generated in Processing. The program is designed so that every frame of time is unique and no moment will ever be repeated, giving the viewer a new and different experience every time they interact with it. This also provides more context to the piece, as it exists within the same digital medium as the negative stimulation I explored.          ...

Sanctuary

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For as long as I can remember, music has played a big part in my life. I have always deeply connected with it whether I’m at a concert, listening while driving, writing a song, or playing guitar. I love the sense of community and the bond that exists between fans of musicians. Music can be somewhat of an escape or a sanctuary. I listen to music when I’m happy, sad, stressed, working, walking; I constantly have a song in my head. I want to bring to light the similarities between how I and so many others interact with music and how people find the same comforts in their faith and religion. There are many facets of music that seem to completely align with how people celebrate their faith. Faith and organized religion can give a person a sense of belonging, happiness, solace, comfort, and uplift them. I find transcendence when I experience music.    ...

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