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Someone/Anyone

By Steph Wadman

Someone/Anyone acts as both the title of my MFA thesis exhibition and as qualifier for any individual that you may meet. My thesis exhibition combined object making that challenged my audience to make eye contact with each other with a textual piece gathered from Craigslist. The Craigslist project uses personal ‘strictly platonic’ seeking ads from Craigslist to highlight the vast need for human intimacy and contact, and highlights a small local percentage of people who seek to find it by divertive means. Using Craigslist ads I search the words ‘someone’ and ‘anyone’ to narrow the search down to those that are in search of basic human interaction and the possibilities that it holds. I then collect contextualized areas of the bodies of text, as well as the web addresses, and compose a poem/list out of the contextualized ‘someone’ or...

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....

Second Shift

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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...

2016 Graphic Design BFA Thesis (Tentative)

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The interview process that took place for my thesis research is a key element to my final piece. My thesis project is building an interactive heritage website called RootCellar. This website will showcase my family as an example of how the website will work. The viewer will be able to view each family member’s profile page and ask them a series of questions via a menu of questions I asked them during the interview process. The answers will play back to the questions the viewer asks each ancestor. This website will display the significance of an ancestry site that preserves the voice and memories of each family member. This website will feature photo galleries, and once the site has matured it could potentially feature video interviews. This project will also have an accompanying book that will show my perspective of the process and what I learned about my family through...

Untitled

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On November 21st I collectively interviewed 3 people as part of my project Polyvocal Mixtape. In this interview that is treated more like a discussion, we talk about personal stories to reveal various illustrations unique to each individual. This interview is part of a series of interviews that will be exhibited in my thesis exhibition on March 25th. In the interviews of the 3 people they opened about stories ranging from being raised Catholic and it’s rarity being a Black women to even how their hair is a prominent part of their identity. These interviews are just as much for the interviewees. I’ve discovered that even though most often the people being collectively interviewed know each other, they learn new things that may not have come up in conversation otherwise. This reinforces bonds deeper then surface level connections. The three images are the three people I...

Fly on the Wall

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So my name is John Kerfoot and I’m a 3rd year grad student in film working on my thesis project – a short titled “Fly on the Wall” and, yes, it is about a fly. This fly, like many flies I would imagine, hates all creatures because so many want to either kill it or eat it. So this dude is pretty pissed off, and it especially doesn’t like humans. All save one, Anna, a girl he sees on the street as she is meeting her Tinder-date who accused her of Catfishing. So the Fly follows them on their date into a restaurant, cockblocking the guy at every chance. Now, a couple fun factoids about flies: they see the world 10x slower than we do (which is why it’s hard to swat a fly). Also, they have a wide but very limited focal range of view – so unless an object is very close to a fly, it’s out focus. So from a filmmaking standpoint I get to do two...

Baggage

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Baggage is the first step in the development of my thesis exhibition scheduled for late Spring. For the last two years, I have been exploring the idea of the existence of an “authentic” black male experience. That is to say, what truly makes an African-American male, a man under today’s social codes. Through my research and study of the topic, I have found evidence to suggest that the criminalization and “othering” of African Americans, specifically young boys, can start as early as age 5-7. This coincides with the time that children begin to regularly attend school (kindergarten, first grade); coupled with other evidence that suggest the existence of the School-to-Prison Pipeline, the work seeks to plainly show the struggles of African American male youth in a system that not only cripples them, but also blames them for their second class status. As part...

Splat: A Video Compositing Nightmare

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I am a senior HTC Film Student working on a thesis film. The story revolves around a mutant Puddle Person that has crashed to Earth. The project requires a lot of video compositing, an area that proves me to be an amateur. As a test, I used the Black Magic Pocket Camera to record my friend’s facial expressions and some boiling textures. Here is a video of the preliminary results!      

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...

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.    ...

Thesis: Camp Out!

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My work primarily looks at queer identity and personal identity and their connection to a rural or blue collar setting. For my thesis I am looking at different manifestations of queer performance, from the mundane, to the campy, and to the private. It is all set around the idea of a wooded area and summer camp. For this section of the installation I am creating video pieces as the persona of the Queer. This persona/creature is constructed faux folk legend that personifies many of the campier or effeminate mannerism stereotypical attributed to gay men. The work is hoping to show how all levels of performance are a coping and survival method that are born from natural tendencies and the culture we live in.      

Go Away Everywhere

By Jacob Koestler

There is almost never an investigation when a fly on the wall disappears. He’s assumed to be out who knows where or just gone away who cares where. No one stops for the guy on the berm with his back to the road; it’s probably a wet dog or something else half domesticated. A year of moving tired with open eyes ends where the rust belt meets Appalachia—where everybody’s forgotten and no one is looking. This dead heart of industry is tucked in a series of lobbed-off mountains, blanketed by overgrown invasive species and reduced to orange currents flowing out along the creek beds. Shrouded in off-air static, this is a place to disappear, fall out, stay inside and grow blurry in a scarred and confusing landscape.

IF (Imaginary Friend)

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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...

Collective

By Carlos Pacheco

Carlos Pacheco, graduate student in Photography + Integrated Media at Ohio University, will exhibit his work titled Collective at the Ohio University. The exhibition is a new media installation that invites the viewer to witness the formation of a single, collective memory. Pacheco makes books and videos using images made from live webcams overlooking culturally significant locations around the world, like Times Square, Dealey Plaza, and Abbey Road. This narrative investigates our use of photography in an increasingly digital and interconnected world, at the same time bridging the gap between the seemingly unrelated events that unfold at these sites. The show opens Tuesday March 11th and closes March 14th with a reception Friday March 14th from 6pm – 8pm. Can’t be there in-person? View the live stream at carlosrenepacheco.com Carlos Pacheco is an artist and photographer from...

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