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Archibald, Alexis Rae
Sherman, SondraKeely, RichardAtterton, Peter
vii, 27 p. : ill.
Recipro Cyclical is an exhibition of objects that invites viewers to surrender to the present moment and become more aware of themselves, others, their surroundings, and the connections between them. This body of work consists of objects that serve as mediators for human interaction. It is my goal to arouse questions concerning the effects of advanced technology on individual awareness and the quality of interpersonal relationships. I believe awareness of our actions and their effects on others has been significantly diminished. What does it mean to be human today, and how is this definition of humankind transforming? The advancement of technology has enabled greater communication and more "social connection." However, there is a discrepancy between the quality of personal relationships and the increased accessibility of communication. Virtual interaction has often replaced actual human relationships. Through our senses we experience and interpret the world around us. We need to preserve the integrity of authentic interaction which enables us to genuinely understand ourselves and others. The objects in Recipro Cyclical trigger the senses through touch, sound, and sight, by producing movements, which mimic human characteristics and gestures. As children, we are motivated through our natural sense of curiosity. Playful methods of engagement such as pedaling or turning a crank remind us of childhood. I anticipate the objects in Recipro Cyclical to be approached in a similar manner, where expectations can be questioned and curiosity heightened. Steel and metal components reference industrial structures. The incorporation of tactile materials such as felt and rubber disrupts the industrial associations, making the pieces counterintuitive or unexpected. The works remind us of our humanity through unrefined construction, and simple mechanics. I consider the pieces tools to encourage individual and social awareness through playful engagement with others in the more typically earnest setting of the gallery space. The body of work that comprised Recipro Cyclical was displayed in Everett G. Jackson Gallery at San Diego State University from April 25-May 2, 2011. Images of this thesis show are on file at the Slide Library of the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 27)
Art and Design
Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) San Diego State University, 2012
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