photography, University of Kentucky

Meredith Matia

Meredith Matia
A-S 285 Lens Arts
Digital Print s; 15 x 22.5”
Three image series

My artistic practice explores the transcendent effect of the beauty in the routine of every day life. Through collage, the compositions become atmospheric1 which reference of the moment of transcendence from the mundane. By photographing then collaging the world around me in a new and unfamiliar way, it allows others to see the mundane as exciting and beautiful.

I will be photographing the environments around me that may seem routine or mundane. Then, I will collage these photographs using photoshop to create the atmospheric compositions.

This project has been influenced and inspired by Laura Owens, David Hockney, Mickalene Thomas, and the Japanese Tea Ceremony. I am interested in Laura Owens’ simplicity yet strong visual communication in her compositions. David Hockey’s ideas about seeing the world around us constantly inspires my artistic practice. He stresses the idea of being aware of the world around us by actually looking. I want to take the simplicity or ordinary subjects found in the everyday in order to force the viewer to see the beauty. In regards to compositions, I am looking at Mickalene Thomas’ collaged compositions and how a space is visually described through various textures. What has always driving my inspiration and artistic practice is the Japanese Tea ceremony and the ideology of being mindful and present and appreciating every moment because nothing can ever be recreated again. Specifically the tea philosophy of“Ichigo, Ichie” which translates to “one time, one meeting” has been a major influence.

University of Kentucky, video

Yueran Wang

Yueran Wang
A-S 285: Lens Art

This is a ReDoIt Project, The name of the original video is sleepwalkers
Doung Aitken is the artist who create this work. Here is link of the video https://vimeo.com/21053006

In rapidly syncopated, we see five characters – varying in age, sex, class and race. The video moving through a balletically compressed nocturnal workday and dust to dawn.
In silent parallel universes, all five rise, fidget, study their reflections, bathe, dress and open the blinds. They exist their apartments down long hallways and make their way to work. They navigate within a self-contained, almost ostentatious pensiveness. Sleepwalkers fells like a New York night, using the city as its backdrop. There are five characters move through New York’s streets, subways, public building and private bedrooms. They encounter the various holes that all New Yorkers crawl into and out of everyday.

I looked for three people to shoot. Using the same light and start with the bedroom, then move to the hallway. I captured the light of the building during the night and express the stress of people through the whole day. I choose this video to re-do because I think the quickly rapidly song and movement can easily catch people’s eyes. It’s creates the sense of high pace of modern life. Even though they are varying in age race or class, but maybe that is what we want to live in.

University of Kentucky, video

Emma Knapp

Emma Knapp
A-S 285 Lens Arts

A light comedic response to recent events surrounding net neutrality where a supposed hacker hijacks a news station in order to talk about the topic from the point of view of someone who supports net neutrality. Inspiration for design is taken from popular “youtubers” channels’ live streams.