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An Obedient Participant In Late Capitalism Explains Art, Andrew Allerton Haley 2017 University of Iowa

An Obedient Participant In Late Capitalism Explains Art, Andrew Allerton Haley

Theses and Dissertations

Art making is silly. This is why it should not be taken so seriously. When topics are addressed with too much seriousness they become stagnant and rigid. This thesis addresses topics I find crucial to the process of making Art. I use popular culture references because of their communicable potential. Nothing is argued in the duration of this work. On the contrary, thoughts are shared in hopes to inspire the reader to question what type of journey and practice they involve themselves.


The Bright Side Of Failure: Developing A Set Of Lamps From An Unsuccessful Chair, Sarah Margaret Gutowski 2017 University of Iowa

The Bright Side Of Failure: Developing A Set Of Lamps From An Unsuccessful Chair, Sarah Margaret Gutowski

Theses and Dissertations

A detailed account of how failure can lead to success. Through my attempts to design a chair, I developed a method of bending plywood using Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) routing. Ultimately, I considered my chair a failure. The method I had developed to wood was not suitable for my chair because it left the material too flexible. Determined to find another application for my wood bending method, I applied it to a new series of lamps. Bending thin plywood with a similar cut pattern on the CNC Laser cutter gave the perfect balance of flexibility and strength for lamp shades ...


Integrating Non-Traditional Materials Into The Design Process, Todd Barsanti 2017 Sheridan College

Integrating Non-Traditional Materials Into The Design Process, Todd Barsanti

Publications and Scholarship

In May 2016, Todd Barsanti attended a one week residency for design educators, hosted by Design Inquiry (designinquiry.net). The residency was held at The Poor Farm, on Vinalhaven Island, in Maine. He used the opportunity to work out some communications that had been percolating since he completed his Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies five years ago; a series of posters that communicate ways in which our patterns of consumption are not sustainable. Beyond the output, though, Todd was interested primarily in documenting the process of creating communications using non-traditional materials. For six days, he mucked around in the ...


Lacuna: Transcendence Of The Human Body Through The Space Between, Anica Bottom 2017 Dominican University of California

Lacuna: Transcendence Of The Human Body Through The Space Between, Anica Bottom

Honors Theses and Capstone Projects

This essay examines the author’s choreography, Lacuna, and research integral to its representation. During the choreographic process, experimentation of how the human body moves in relation to different architectural space was observed. In collaboration with the cast of dancers, cohesion of personal experiences in particular locations was evaluated: specifically, investigation of how environments has the ability to trigger habits or patterns of movement from both past and present experiences. A closer look at how the body responds on a visceral level to the physical and emotional sense of place is described. Although the choreographic piece, Lacuna, came to be ...


The Record In Question, Kari Varner 2017 Washington University in St. Louis

The Record In Question, Kari Varner

Graduate School of Art Theses

This thesis is an archive composed of text and image that catalogs the perpetual distance between the photograph and its subject. In my practice the fluidity of representation is examined through the frame of the photographic archive, while the notion of what constitutes a photographic archive is redefined. While seeking to describe the mutability of encounters with landscapes and past memories the materiality of the photograph is emphasized, the image and its substrate destabilized, and both experience and photograph are fleeting. In many cases water acts as the alchemical substance for transformation, leading the photographs closer to a state of ...


Meditative Art: A Diversion From Stress And Anxiety, Hannah T. Justis 4239670221 2017 justish@etsu.edu

Meditative Art: A Diversion From Stress And Anxiety, Hannah T. Justis 4239670221

Undergraduate Honors Theses

I wished to present a body of work that visually represented my own meditative process of managing stress and anxiety. Towards the end of studying for my undergraduate, I began preparing for my Final Exhibition Show, and with these preparations, my life, as well as my work, changed drastically. Within the past two years, my drawings began to take on a meditative therapeutic process. It was this development that then helped manage my growing stress levels and well as the symptoms that stemmed from high levels of anxiety and bloomed from losing control in my day to day life. It ...


Sublime Memories: Bones As A Medium For Cyanotype Printing And Indigo Dying; The Strength Derived From Connection To The Environment; And The Power Of The Color Blue, Alexis R. Bernstein 2017 College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University

Sublime Memories: Bones As A Medium For Cyanotype Printing And Indigo Dying; The Strength Derived From Connection To The Environment; And The Power Of The Color Blue, Alexis R. Bernstein

All College Thesis Program

This project attempts to portray how connections to the environment provide strength and opportunities for growth. By printing cyanotype images of landscapes and plant life on bones, my work links the ecological world with a representation of mortality. The symbolism of bones provide concepts of strength and life, while the symbolism of blue evokes emotions of distance and longing that create a dreamy memory-inspired image quality throughout the series. The historic processes of cyanotype printing and indigo dying were successfully modified for the medium of bones, allowing both artistic techniques to work together in harmony.


Man/Boy., Nick Hartman 2017 University of Louisville

Man/Boy., Nick Hartman

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Verisimilitude, or the appearance of being true, is a concept I turn upside down; relating it to a guise I wear as a contemporary male in a society dictated by learned social behavior and gender norms. Cultural iconography and expected gender norms are tropes I confront within my artwork. Drawings of seemingly everyday objects act as meditations or a fetishized repetition of supposed unobtainable objects and ideals that deal with masculine societal norms. Manliness, machismo, masculinity… it is all a culturally learned and expected pose placed on all men. Coming to the realization that I do not necessarily fit into ...


Sited: Place And Memory In The Making Of Intimate Objects, Bethany Laranda Wood 2017 University of Iowa

Sited: Place And Memory In The Making Of Intimate Objects, Bethany Laranda Wood

Theses and Dissertations

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Stretching Bubbles: Pressure Releasing, Ching-Ting Yang 2017 University of Iowa

Stretching Bubbles: Pressure Releasing, Ching-Ting Yang

Theses and Dissertations

My pieces are inspired by bubble wrap. I was inspired by a Japanese toy which you can squeeze it unlimited times to help people to release there pressures. As the same way, some people like to pop the bubbles from bubble wraps. I used this idea to make my jewelry projects to represent how people act while they suffer from stress and how they release pressure. Based on this idea, you can see the shapes or forms of my works have various possibilities, some of them are simple but others are complicated assemblies. People have various ways to handle stress ...


Industries/ Influence Ceramics, Man Ho Cho 2017 University of Iowa

Industries/ Influence Ceramics, Man Ho Cho

Theses and Dissertations

Cultivating the spatial relationship in between utility and sculpture generates my process. I deconstruct, reconstruct and assemble objects; bringing to them a new perspective that simplifies the structure while enhancing the surface and the unassuming nature of the forms.

Developing vessels for drinking or pouring serves as the foundation for my study of materials, architectural foundations and elements of utilitarian objects. The functional purpose of the objects becomes minimized due to the structure beneath the surface and the constructed role of the base blurring distinctions between function and form.


The Weight Of The Wait, Theresa Krallitsch 2017 University of Iowa

The Weight Of The Wait, Theresa Krallitsch

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Piece By Piece, Nataliya Vladimirovna Laux 2017 University of Iowa

Piece By Piece, Nataliya Vladimirovna Laux

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Let Our Mind Go And Your Body Will Follow, Hilary Nelson 2017 University of Iowa

Let Our Mind Go And Your Body Will Follow, Hilary Nelson

Theses and Dissertations

This is a body of work produced at the University of Iowa. With these pieces I am interested in things that do not follow, that hold emotion but don't have a narrative. In the unknown being more real than the known, because there is life in the not understanding. And in lying about something there is no way you can pull off. There is a river of lava flowing below the surface, but there are no volcanoes.


Architectural Insomnia, Rachel Poe 2017 University of Iowa

Architectural Insomnia, Rachel Poe

Theses and Dissertations

My artistic practice addresses issues of how memory shapes our identity and how to use memory in order to better understand our perspective. Through the construction of liminal space I reflect upon the subconscious and conscious mind. These images address issues of identity and how longing and nostalgia affect the human psyche. Through photographs of sculptures, paintings and light installations I address the architectural spaces in the world around me as catalysts.


Upwelling, Keva Fawkes 2017 University of Iowa

Upwelling, Keva Fawkes

Theses and Dissertations

Presently, my practice is multi-disciplinary and includes ceramics, sculpture, metals, design, and social practice — the work explores cultural identity, immigration, and cultural imagery using found objects and vernacular architectural references. Many of which are rooted in a post-colonial Anglo Caribbean history, but have grown to include new environments, narratives, and histories that parallel the latter.


Unother, Anna Marie Haglin 2017 University of Iowa

Unother, Anna Marie Haglin

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Clouded Space: Internet Physicality, Naoki Izumo 2017 University of Iowa

Clouded Space: Internet Physicality, Naoki Izumo

Theses and Dissertations

On Friday October 21st, 2016, there was a large-scale hack of an Internet domain hosting provider that took several websites including Netflix, Amazon, Reddit, and Twitter offline. Dyn, a cloud-based Internet Performance Management company, announced at 9:20AM ET that it resolved an attack that began at 7AM ET that day. However, another attack happened at 11:52AM ET. The attacks raised concern among the public and directed our attention towards Internet security. This also revealed the precariousness of Internet infrastructure. The infrastructure being used today is opaque, unregulated, and incontestable. Municipally provided public utilities are built without any transparency ...


Cultivating The Perceived, Nicole June Shaver 2017 University of Iowa

Cultivating The Perceived, Nicole June Shaver

Theses and Dissertations

Cultivating the Perceived explores feelings of unrest in an Iowan landscape through automatic writing and variations on landscape painting.


Paintings With Doors: Three Case Studies From The Fifteenth Century Netherlands, Jacqueline T. Chapman 2017 College of William and Mary

Paintings With Doors: Three Case Studies From The Fifteenth Century Netherlands, Jacqueline T. Chapman

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines three cases studies from fifteenth century Netherlands: the Merode Altarpiece, Miraflores Altarpiece, and Portinari Altarpiece. It focuses on how the triptych format combined with the painted elements worked together to aid the viewer in communicating with the divine. These triptychs functioned as a prayer aid and helped the viewer to enter a meditative state, where they could engage with divine figures. Each artist was able to encourage this type of meditative state by underlining the separation between the temporal and divine world. The separation between the two worlds was further enhanced by the door-like nature of the ...


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