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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...

Blackness and Postmodernism

By Ryan Davis

My research is an in-progress analysis of the term post-blackness. I am conducting a portrait-painting project. It is about no one specific rather about a the Black community and it’s overall identity. My initial steps in creating this project is taking photographs of various Black Americans ranging between ages 20-32 that seemingly reflect a modern 2014 image. Inevitably the final results from this part of the project are to use these photographs as references for painting these portrait photographs. In the painting I will munipulate the background to a complete black background mixing various colors that doesn’t actually include the color black. My intent in using this is reflecting the diversity in the Black identity; The purpose of my paintings will be to illustrate the new face of black identity. Hopefully I can reveal that this new “face” is one of many variations. I...

Untitled (bobraushenbergsamerica installation)

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This project was done to support the production of “bobrasuchenbergsamerica” performed by the OU Theatre department at the RTV Building. It was available for viewing from Oct. 2 through 13, 2014. When something has a familiar linguistic label (such as a “play”), we have certain expectations about that experience that come with that label. The idea was to change the manner in which the viewer experienced and engaged in – this case – the play. To accomplish this, I formed a set of rules – using sentences from the play’s script as discreet events – to encode the play through visualization and sonification. From there, the audio-visual installation unfolded according to those rules. Lines of text reflect the dynamics that occur throughout the play visually, with each representing a unique character and key themes related to that character. The installation space was...

Cutrual filters

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During my research about the Yao people ceremonial collections, I am thinking it is important to let others understand the difference and similarity between the Yao and their own culture. So I made this installation and try to discuss how the culture shapes us in my sculpture class. I think all the cultures functionally are the same. The cut papers in the middle represented the physical forces which structure our lives. The projected images on the papers and wall represented the ideologies. The projected images are composed by the sacred symbols in the Yao people ceremonial collections. The viewers which are my classmates they could learn the ideas through discussing this work.        

Shadowbox

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Shadowbox is a short film that seeks to explore the loneliness and emotional ebb of a woman, surrounded by her family and the boundless beauty of nature. The film was shot during two days on Fisher Road, Athens. A beautiful place full of cornfields and wide open spaces. The first cut will be ready by the end of November. The final film will be around 6 minutes long, and will be screened next year at the Athena Theater, together with other short films produced at The Ohio University School of Film. The film was written and directed by Viviana Goelkel, and produced with the collaboration of her production team Another Camel Production, whose members are all MFA in film students at Ohio University.    

Athens Brew Week Photography

By Elana Caple

In Athens, toward the middle of this July was Ohio Brew Week. In 2014 it also served to showcase local talent. From Honey of the Heart on Central Venue to the College Green, a parade of huge puppets quickly made its way there and back to a marching tune performed onstage by Shouts & Whispers. Despite all the draw of these fun activities, without the invitation and encouragement of the late Bob Winters, I would have been home in bed. A series of fortunate events transpired in the invitation to an exclusive group of talented OU-Com graduates, in a theater photography course, which was an offering of the heart from Bob. He truly enjoyed working with the many decades of the students who received training and support from him. As an individual with a serious medical issue, the treatment I receive is very tiring. Without special effort, or investment in my cause; to live, learn, and be...

Use of Apps to Maintain Good Levels of Psychiatric Health

By Elana Caple

As an individual with bipolar disorder, I find that digital logging and Apple products in particular aid in the management of my illness. Using an app called ‘MoodLog’ available at the iTunes store, I was able to submit the results of interactive logging and discuss my issues more fully with my team of healthcare professionals. During this time, I began a new medication and it is easy to see the improvement in mood and activity level. I also find a schedule easier to maintain and find room for more social activities. I look forward to using another app, ‘MyFitnessPal,’ to communicate with another healthcare professional I recently began seeing. For someone with limited access to technology and a living situation not allowing for internet access, the iPad connects me to my community on a level which has truly had positive effects on my personal mental health and...

In the Forest

By Gregory Hatch and Connaught Cullen

A digital puppet show created for the 2014 Athens’ Nuit Blanche Festival held on October 4th. This is a playful piece that plays with narrative, pop culture, TV programing, and entertainment. A puppet show is acted out in front of a blue screen. The footage is then uploaded and heavily modified to get the final product. In the Forest is an exploration of common narratives where the storyline is compelled forward with the use of popular music as the soundtrack. Lending itself to a camp aesthetic, the work becomes an exploration of taste and a reference to how information and concepts are conveyed to younger and wider audiences.        ...

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