Tara Gallagher

Tara Gallagher
Class: ART 310 – Introduction to Video Art

Music is integrated into every part of our lives. Whether we actively listen while playing or driving, use it as a tool to help with studying, or hear it in the background at a party, there is a song to fit every mood or desire. Specific lyrics and melodies resonate with us, and we associate certain songs with objects or places. Why do we do this? This piece dissects the musical quality of discrete objects and spaces by juxtaposing silent visuals with the plain, white text featuring fragments of intentionally vague song lyrics. This seemingly discordant combination provokes viewers to think about the significance of particular songs, why they influence us in the way that they do, and why certain phrases are relatable or relevant to ourselves.

The piece is comprised of a series of vignettes varying in length similar to the manner of distinct sentences in a well-written essay or poem; it both slows and speeds up engagement, prompting the viewer to linger and pause, or even anticipate the next action. Each vignette depicts an action with implied sound, leading the viewer to superimpose an imagined soundtrack over the visuals. There is no clear narrative, and the video runs on a loop, suggesting a cyclical timeline or the absence of time. Though these objects and spaces may be personal, they have been abstracted to emphasize the musical qualities possessed by both the text and the visual, together.

Sam Wall



Sam Wall
ART 300 – Photo II
Digital Prints; 13×19
Series of 15

These utterly minimalist portraits shun all context other than the physical body of the subject and create a space that allows for the body to be laid out for inspection by the viewing audience. Whether obstructed or not, the gaze suggests a moment caught off guard, a moment in which defenses were lowered either willingly or by chance at the very time of exposure. Much about a college-aged man is judged based on his self-representation of his own masculinity, including the (over important) issue of sexuality. What do you perceive about the people laid out for your view?

Abbey Toshie



Abbey Toshie
ART300- Photography II Theory and Practice
Digital Prints; 13”x19”
Series: 1 and 2 of 14

“Urging the viewer to recognize processes of perception and recognition in the midst of their occurrences, the abstracted shapes and forms within the work encourage a personal, continuous, visual engagement that pushes beyond our normal limits of seeing. Obscure textures and lines undulating alongside deep, black voids position us within an indefinable space, asking us to consider perceptual experience beyond conventional understanding to a realm past the point of our own comfort and familiarity.”