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ItemA History of the John Herron Art Institute(1947) Carper, M. Dolorita, Sister, O.S.F."A thesis submitted in partial fulfuilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, College of Education. Division of Graduate Instruction. Butler University. Indianapolis. 1947" ItemChoosing Violence(2011-11-02) Sansone, Dominic Mario; Hull, Greg; Nordgulen, Eric; Kinsman, PatrickThrough my current body of artwork I am venturing to give voice to the violence of humankind and the role each of us play in facilitating an endless cycle of barbarity. Much of the work is autobiographical, drawing heavily from my past and world-views. Jean Baudrillard writes, “The real victory of the simulators of war is to have drawn everyone into this rotten simulation” (253). My childhood was filled with playthings of a violent nature; toy guns, army men, tanks, and fighter jets. Fantasies of war were acted out with glee, as I pumped round after imaginary round from a plastic machine gun into unseen adversaries. As a young adult I became a part of the Military-Industrial Complex in the private sector where I spent two years working in the aerospace industry producing fabrication and assembly drawings for satellites, military aircraft, and mobile artillery units. Since becoming a father I have reflected on my own childhood and my past employment and come to realize the truth contained in the adage “history repeats itself”. Growing up in the 1980s I can recall a significant fear of the Soviet Union and nuclear obliteration at their hands, and now, thanks to the nightly news, my son may have radical Islamists and terrorists as the source for his nightmares. Always a new enemy, always some new evil to vanquish, war without end. ItemSUBJECT TO CHANGE(2011-11-02) Armstrong, Kathryn J.; Nordgulen, EricThe idea of change as a transformable subject implies an impermanent situation that informs a set of unknown variables. As human beings we are never the same. We are always transforming, moving and adapting, while building a sense of place within an established environment as way to become more familiar with the self and its surroundings. ItemCONSIDER THIS MY THESIS(2011-11-02) Pazzol, MatthewLife is often compared to a maze. Each decision is a path that leads to another path, towards some goal and, inevitably, an exit. But the puzzle of the maze is invented, and life is real. My art is the maze of how I see my own life's decisions map around me. It is presented as an entry into my own thoughts. It is offered as an exercise in sharing another's vision. If you take my hand and walk through it, you will experience how I choose one obstacle over the other. You can follow my steps and tread my course with me. ItemPERSONAL PROSTHESIS(2011-11-02) Ross, Edward; Tennant, Phil; Robinson, Cory; Baker, LesleyThere is truth and inherent beauty in incomplete thoughts and half lived ideas. Muddling through the nature of aesthetics is enough to support multiple bodies of work. Add to that a rich historical tradition based in craft, and you will find not only a complex set of ideas and contradictions, but also a sense of pride mixed with resentment. At the heart of the matter, creativity and curiosity remain the main motivational factors for approaching each day with a desire to make and to work with ones hands. ItemQualia(2011-11-02) Clune, Rebecca A.; Morrison, David; McDaniel, Craig; Agha, Anila; Jacobson, MarcWhen I look back at times that once were, and where I am today, I find one consistent factor. I have just as many questions today as I did back then. I do not remember my 9th birthday, I do not know the exact location I was on January 3rd, 1996, and what I was doing last Tuesday has already escaped me. These particular moments are ambiguous. The memories that find their way back into my present thoughts are for one reason or another particularly dignified. They find their way and have become the defining factors of how my character has come to be. So I ask myself, where do memories come from? How, or why do certain events remain in my thoughts while others slip away? What had happened in those lost moments? When we are forced to connect the dots of our past, one inevitable side affect occurs. We obtain a distorted version of the original moment, where the missing pieces must be filled in and translated. Qualia is a body of work I have created to present my journey. How we feel a memory certainly is unaccompanied by directions. These moments are filled with uncertainties to how, when, or why certain events took place. The work catalogs my curiosity of how our thoughts travel through the missing moments of life. It is within my recycled thoughts that I can examine the fragments, gaps, and transformations. Qualia, by definition, is being aware that we are having an experience, it is the acknowledgement of a sensation. I have created a body of work to explore the sensation of recalling memories. The mixed media exhibition brings to life my curiosity about memory and the search to understand it. ItemBUILDING A UNIVERSE(2011-11-02) Tennant, Susan; McDaniel, CraigIn his famous essay “On the Spiritual in Art,” Wassily Kandinsky, described art as a portrayal of spiritual values. He stated “All art builds from the spiritual and intellectual life. While each art form appears to be different externally, their internal properties serve the same inner purpose, of moving and refining the human soul.”  This belief in creating a dialogue between life and art that Kandinsky referred to is something I believe as well. The sculptures in this body of work Construction Series, re visualizations of this life-affirming philosophy. ItemRepetition and Nature(2011-11-02) Tovar, Gustavo; Robinson, Cory; Tennant, Phil; McDaniel, CraigI consider myself the type of person who is looking to improve what I recognize is my passion for creating and innovating. I have always had a strong interest in using materials, forms, colors, and textures, the surrounding environment, and viewers. The study of art and design allows me to pursue this interest. ItemSPECTACULAR! SPECTACULAR!(2011-11-02) Hardy, Jodie Ann; Nordgulen, Eric; Hull, Greg; Kinsman, PatrickMaslow’s hierarchy of needs might be as relevant today as his theory of human motivation was in 1943 when he first published it, but even 1970’s advertiser’s adoption and revision of it to include the higher ranking “aesthetic and cognitive” needs don’t fully account for today’s apparently insatiable desire for entertainment on demand (Maslow, Chapman). We want to be stimulated – constantly. We procrastinate, ameliorate, and celebrate by plugging into spectacles large and small on screens of equally variant size and scope. We get a buzz from the buzz we foster. We are swirling in a spectacle of our own device. We are the tail that wags the dog.