Sunday, November 5, 2017

Gabi Galban, Student Work

The Point of Pain

"When we're in pain the localized place hurts but the entire body responds. We grow sweaty, our pupils dilate, our blood pressure shoots up. Oddly enough, the same thing happens when we're angry or scared. There is a deep emotional component to pain. If we're badly hurt, we might also be afraid."  
- Diane Akerman (A Natural History of the Senses)

Pain can be described and defined in various ways. Emotional, physical, mental: these are all types of pain we feel on a regular basis. From an evolutional standpoint, pain is seen as a form of defense, a way to protect us from potential harm. If I am cooking, and the heat of the stove causes me pain, I will automatically remove my hand from the stove, without any thought. This natural response is what protects us. However, when it comes to the emotions pain can be seen as a coping mechanism, a way to process and understand a daunting situation. These reactions are still not completely understood, and it can't be known for sure why we experience this.

Pain can also last for different periods of time. It can last less than a minute, over an hour, or perhaps years - depending on severity. Pain is felt differently by everyone, and causes different effects.

I chose to photograph a pin stuck in my hand, emphasizing the point of impact with photo editing in photoshop. The lines of action are meant to visually represent the "waves" of pain radiating throughout the skin.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Matt Conner, Student Work

The Feeling Bubble
"The bubble is our skin. But the skin is also alive, breathing and excreting, shielding us from harmful rays and microbial attack, metabolizing vitamin D, insulating us from heat and cold, repairing itself when necessary, regulating blood flow, acting as a frame for our sense of touch, aiding us in sexual attraction, defining our individuality, holding all the thick red jams and jellies inside us where they belong."  -Diane Ackerman

The drawing reflects upon the idea that the body serves as a malleable shield, protecting the body and everything in it from the chaos surrounding it. Such chaos can bring harm to the body or cause it to collapse. 

The Code Senders

"Thick, onion-shaped sensors, they tell the brain what is pressing and also about the movement of joints or how the organs may be shifting their position when we move." -Diane Ackerman

With this drawing I was thinking how touch is heavily associated with touch receptors and nerves which all correlated back to the brain to provide the sensation and information on touch. 

Sasha Lute, Student Work

The Feeling Bubble
Pins, Sandpaper, Black Foam

"Our skin is a kind of space suit in which we maneuver through an atmosphere of harsh gases, cosmic rays, radiation from the sun and obstacles of all sorts". -Diane Ackerman

I created a small sculpture to represent the qualities of human skin and it's protective nature. The pins represent the harmful obstacles that life and the atmosphere present to our skin. The sandpaper represents the rough, scale-like outer layer of our skin. The black foam represents the sponge-like inner layer, where our hair follicles and muscle tissue can be found.

The Skin Has Eyes 
Cardboard, Pins

"Touch allows us to find our way in the world or in darkness or in other circumstances where we can't fully use our other senses". - Diane Ackerman

This small sculpture reflects, in my mind, how touch can emphasize the fact that we live in a three-dimensional world. When viewing this piece from above, it resembles a tunnel that guides you through to the bottom. I feel that the ability to touch can guide you to an end or a solution as well. The ability to touch shows us that life has depth and sensibility. 

Zach Jacques, Student Work

"Through a trifle arcane, this is a fitting gift for a trip to San Francisco's Touch Dome, at the door of which I arrived a few hours later. At the end of the Exploratorium, an extraordinary hands-on science museum, stands a three-dimensional maze through which one walks, climbs, crawls, and slithers into marmoreal darkness." Adventures in the Touch Dome, from A Natural History of Senses.

Artist Statement:
I wanted to explore an indirect, abstract representation of the chapter. The image I created depicts a hand overlaid with the bus routes of San Francisco. A portion of the chapter cites San Francisco and focuses on sensual experiences while referencing imagery of physical hands. I merged these qualities to highlight a setting and color scheme. Also important is the physicality of a hand and how touch can lead to new experiences and take you new places.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Oregon's Animation Magic

At just about any moment of any day in Oregon, someone is making animation. Home of Oscar-winning artists, Portland is considered one of the stop-motion capitals of the world. In this 30-minute special, we'll meet the artists who have made Oregon an animation powerhouse, including Claymation creator Will Vinton, animation makers Rose Bond, Jerold Howard, Joan Gratz, artists at LAIKA, and more! The video discusses and shows the processes for stop motion films such as Caroline and Kubo and The Two Strings. (23:00) 

Click on link below to watch video.

Rose Bond is an artist featured in the above documentary video. Bond's website below as well as two videos that demonstrate her work.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Ana Garcia, Student Work

Tracing paper, gel medium, gesso, yarn. 
30" W x 70"H x 16"D