Just for kicks

Oil on canvas, 18″ X 24″

Oil on canvas, 18″ X 24″

While working at a grocery store over Christmas break, I found myself doodling on receipts when it wasn’t busy. When the ink from the receipt machine was starting to run out, it would leave a coral-colored mark on the paper. I would trace these marks and add my own designs around them. After folding the doodled receipts into different sections, I discovered interesting compositions. I fell in love with this particular composition and decided to enlarge it into an oil painting.

Carl Solway Gallery opening

Last Friday I attended the Carl Solway Gallery opening featuring works by John Torreano, Hadley Holiday and Dyann Landry. Of all the works I viewed that night, the most inspiring were from Holiday’s, One With the Sun series. These paintings consisted of psychedelic and pastel shades in mandala-like patterns. My favorites included “Sky Vault” and “Blissed-Out.” I also enjoyed Landry’s Mandalas in the series Blue Decline; installations made from plastic water bottles and light projected as shadows onto the wall.

After seeing the show, I realized that the mandala theme has been appearing in my life a lot recently; it feels like a sign that I need to explore them. At the end of last year, I tapped into the mandala theme a little bit by creating a collage painting using the pages of the book, “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass. I chose this book in particular because it centers around Buddhist concepts that I am interested in. By layering the pages into the shape of a lotus flower, I was able to reveal certain words from the pages. Since that painting, I have been experimenting with other mediums and ideas surrounding Buddhism/food/abstraction. At this point I feel like I need to unify these ideas, and that mandalas might be the way to do so do.

Mixed media on canvas, 24" X 36"

Mixed media on canvas, 24″ X 36″

Ohio State Senior Ellen Maynard’s take on video artist Leslie Thornton’s, “Twice Removed.” I saw Thornton’s video a few weeks ago as part of the Annie Leibovitz exhibition at the Wexner Center of the Arts in Columbus. Like Maynard states, the video creates the effect of “Esho Funi,” a Japanese term for the Buddhist concept of the oneness of life and its environment.

Find out more on Thornton’s piece here: http://www.filmlinc.com/pages/twice-removed

esho funi

Do you remember looking through kaleidoscopes when you were a kid? I never tire of looking at the spectacle of images that kaleidoscopes make.

Kaleidoscope and mirror image are two effects I have used in my recent experimentation with abstracting the video footage I have shot for my senior project. Here is test footage of the floor to celling screen, with projection of my footage in various mirror effects. We used the program called Isadora to do this, at the ACCAD EMMA lab at The Ohio State University. I like how this effect makes literal the term, esho funi, “oneness with the environment”.

You can see how excited I was then, to hear about a kaleidoscope video of nature and animals at the Wexner Center for the Arts. This video, Twice Removed, by well known video artist Leslie Thornton, was both subtle and powerful. The…

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