The U Oregon Digital Arts BFA Exhibition, Watch Your Mouth, is composed of 12 artists completing their fifth year degree program experience. An entire year has been dedicated to the development of their creative process, their conceptual motivations and the production of a vast range of media in an art context.
These artists seek to define meaning and purpose in a complicated world. They are invested in a critical inquiry into how humankind navigates a complex existence. This thesis exhibition is the result of mining the abstract space between humans and technology, researching cognitive behavior, dissecting language and information delivery systems, examining our poetic relationships to space and place, investigating material translations, process obsessions, and questioning personal philosophies, all with an often dark, twisted and cryptic sense of humor. There is a diversity and consistency to the Digital Arts BFA artists’ work.
The range of media and methodologies employed span hybrid digital output, computer programming, image capture, drawing, animation, sculpture and as always, evidence of the skilled hand. Clearly a mark of the UO Digital Arts experience, the ideas reign importance over the media. It is the ideas that appear consistent and substantial, for this unique BFA experience. Like barometers for culture and society-at-large, these artists ask important questions about how and why we live in a technologically fertile, swiftly moving world. Change, thought, story, space, inquiry, truth, translation, language, communication, digitization, these ideas are consistently mined and dissected from this critical, analytical group of young artists. It is with their work we attempt to find a better understanding to our place in the universe.
The artists are Brian Aebi, Amy Chan, Braeden Cox, Gage Hamilton, Matt Pfliiger, Andrew Pomeroy, Steven Robinson, Brad Saiki, Lauren Seiffert, Tanya Tracy, Chris Wilson and Zach Yarrington. The UOregon Digital Arts faculty is Colin Ives, Craig Hickman, John Park, Michael Salter, Ying Tan, and Kartz Ucci.
Watch Your Mouth, photo credit: Craig Hickman