The chronicles of a student's blind foray into the world of art.
Neuroscience Major & Digital Media Minor.
/ Posted on May 17 2013 at 12:38pm
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Dichotomy.May 2013.Paper; acrylic paint.

I made this book to toy with the misconceptions of left-brain/right-brain traits using a modified acordion fold. The pages and cover are painted with acrylic.

Dichotomy.
May 2013.
Paper; acrylic paint.

I made this book to toy with the misconceptions of left-brain/right-brain traits using a modified acordion fold. The pages and cover are painted with acrylic.

/ Posted on May 07 2013 at 12:00am with 1 note
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Be Super Mario.May 2013.Cardboard. 

Our group created a cardboard Super Mario level using Pepakura. The initial installation was supposed to take place against the Paul Laxalt Mineral Engineering Building in the quad of the University of Nevada, Reno. Unfortunately, due to the weather, relocation was necessary. Though we had to downscale our idea a bit to fit the structure’s new environment, the Front Door Gallery of the Church Fine Arts building lent our installation a fun and accessible feel.

Be Super Mario.
May 2013.
Cardboard. 

Our group created a cardboard Super Mario level using Pepakura. The initial installation was supposed to take place against the Paul Laxalt Mineral Engineering Building in the quad of the University of Nevada, Reno. Unfortunately, due to the weather, relocation was necessary. Though we had to downscale our idea a bit to fit the structure’s new environment, the Front Door Gallery of the Church Fine Arts building lent our installation a fun and accessible feel.

/ Posted on May 01 2013 at 12:00am
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Morning Paper.February 2013.Mixed Media.

When trying to come up with a concept for this project, I saw a mug. I’m fascinated with the idea of art infused into everyday life, so I wanted to play with things you see all the time—mugs, coffee, coffee stains from mugs—and turn them into a book. The structure is a simple accordion fold. Each page has a quote from a famous author about coffee, a coffee stain, and random strips of Pride and Prejudice. The inside of the mug is filled with distressed and coffee-dipped book pages.(Likely my favorite book to make to date.) 

Morning Paper.
February 2013.
Mixed Media.

When trying to come up with a concept for this project, I saw a mug. I’m fascinated with the idea of art infused into everyday life, so I wanted to play with things you see all the time—mugs, coffee, coffee stains from mugs—and turn them into a book. The structure is a simple accordion fold. Each page has a quote from a famous author about coffee, a coffee stain, and random strips of Pride and Prejudice. The inside of the mug is filled with distressed and coffee-dipped book pages.
(Likely my favorite book to make to date.) 

/ Posted on Apr 01 2013 at 12:00am
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Iron Man.
April 2013.
Paper. 
All Marvel characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are Trademarks & Copyright © 1941–2012 Marvel Characters, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
The model was optimized in Blender and printed on paper using Pepakura. I originally wanted to play with the logo trademark, which is registered for “the colors red and white… The mark consists of the word ‘MARVEL’ in white letters in a red rectangle.” So I used the colors of Iron Man to create an image to use to put together his mask. Unfortunately, the printer had other ideas; but the idea of this borderline legality remains relevant.

Self-portrait.
February 2013.
3D plastic printing.

This 3D bust was modeled initially by inputting pictures into 123D Catch. Despite manually inputting reference points, the resulting model was full of holes. Using Blender, I added some finishing touches to the model before sending it to be printed in 3D. The most challenging part of this project was, without a doubt, adjusting to the interface of Blender. 
/ Posted on Jan 01 2013 at 12:00am with 1 note
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Humans in 2063. January 2013.3D plastic printing. 



For the purposes of energy conservation, the only remaining part of the human will be the brain. All communication will occur via technology—the only difficulty is that humans will have forgotten how to form complete sentences. All that’s left are tweets and an overuse of the hash tag. Such communication will be made possible through Broca’s Area in the frontal lobe. 
In the spirit of energy conservation, there will no longer be any reason for food consumption; the brain will receive its energy through solar panels. Furthermore, transportation is no longer necessary, so as to reduce the carbon footprint and to avoid depleting the earth’s oil, gas, and coal. The cerebellum of the brain will be shrunken because balance, coordination, and movement will be purposeless.
The occipital lobe of the brain—the visual processing center—will be hooked up to a television to provide the brain with sufficient means of visual stimulation and to expedite the optional metamorphosis of brain cells to goo. 
Finally, the trend of lazily being spoon-fed news and political opinions will balloon into the invention of a machine that one can use to simply download information and opinions into one’s mind, dispelling the need for thinking and forming individual and educated opinions once and for all. This will be connected to the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which specializes in the making of decisions and the forming of personalities and social behaviors.

Humans in 2063. 
January 2013.
3D plastic printing. 

For the purposes of energy conservation, the only remaining part of the human will be the brain. All communication will occur via technology—the only difficulty is that humans will have forgotten how to form complete sentences. All that’s left are tweets and an overuse of the hash tag. Such communication will be made possible through Broca’s Area in the frontal lobe. 

In the spirit of energy conservation, there will no longer be any reason for food consumption; the brain will receive its energy through solar panels. Furthermore, transportation is no longer necessary, so as to reduce the carbon footprint and to avoid depleting the earth’s oil, gas, and coal. The cerebellum of the brain will be shrunken because balance, coordination, and movement will be purposeless.

The occipital lobe of the brain—the visual processing center—will be hooked up to a television to provide the brain with sufficient means of visual stimulation and to expedite the optional metamorphosis of brain cells to goo. 

Finally, the trend of lazily being spoon-fed news and political opinions will balloon into the invention of a machine that one can use to simply download information and opinions into one’s mind, dispelling the need for thinking and forming individual and educated opinions once and for all. This will be connected to the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which specializes in the making of decisions and the forming of personalities and social behaviors.

Pico Projection Project.
December 2012.
Photoshop animation. 

This video was projected on three panels hanging from the ceiling of the Church Fine Arts building on campus. Once I saw the panels, I was fixated on creating a piece with three different worlds and a channel that could get something to and from each one. At the same time, I hoped to project something that everyone could relate to. These old video games ended up giving the piece a fun and nostalgic focus.

/ Posted on Nov 01 2012 at 12:00am
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Diptych Video. November 2012.

Because my audio track was a previously created self-portrait describing my life as a student in Reno, I wanted the accompanying video to project a similar theme. This diptych illustrates the lives of two students on different schedules—the first is rushed for time and the second is taking advantage of the extra time he has. Ultimately, I hoped this video would project that though life is different for everyone, it’s also very much the same.

/ Posted on Nov 01 2012 at 12:00am
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Caution.
November 2012.
Paper.

The theme for these books was bodies. The format was Japanese Stab Binding, so I just couldn’t get this idea out of my head. The top picture is my colophon and cover. While finishing this project, I managed to lose my needle and had to complete the sewing of the books with a staple. We’ll call this MacGyver Art.

Panoply. October 2012.

Rather than to construct a machine to play records, the idea behind this interactive piece was to turn the records into an actual machine themselves—to combine the kinetic found object works of Jean Tinguely and the audio creations of Christian Marclay. The records were glued together and cut by hand with a bandsaw.
Instructions: Turn the bottom right cog clockwise!

Panoply. October 2012. 

/ Posted on Oct 01 2012 at 12:00am
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Prospectives ‘12. October 2012.

I chose to do a stop motion animation for Prospectives ‘12. The idea was to create a workspace for the logo designer and illustrate the process of putting such a logo together. The illustrations were done simply with Sharpie and the animation was completed using Photoshop.

/ Posted on Sep 01 2012 at 12:00am
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You’ve Got Mail.September 2012.


This broadside was created both in honor of the historical relationship between broadsides and text as well as the importance of words in Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail.

You’ve Got Mail.
September 2012.

This broadside was created both in honor of the historical relationship between broadsides and text as well as the importance of words in Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail.

/ Posted on Nov 01 2011 at 12:00am
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Create a Crowd-sourcing Website. November 2011.

Create a Crowd-sourcing Website. November 2011.

/ Posted on Sep 01 2011 at 12:00am
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Digital Triptych Montage. September 2011.


The term “ennui” can be defined as a feeling that results from boredom, laziness, or lack of interest. With this montage, I portrayed the feeling with a more positive connotation—instead of simple boredom, ennui can be the origin of the most interesting and creative daydreams.

Digital Triptych Montage. September 2011.

The term “ennui” can be defined as a feeling that results from boredom, laziness, or lack of interest. With this montage, I portrayed the feeling with a more positive connotation—instead of simple boredom, ennui can be the origin of the most interesting and creative daydreams.