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Local Art Scene: Collision Course

Hi-Ho March (Aziz Jamal, Olivia Evans and Jennifer Acevedo)

Hi-Ho March (Aziz Jamal, Olivia Evans and Jennifer Acevedo)

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Hi-Ho March (Aziz Jamal, Olivia Evans and Jennifer Acevedo)

By Logan Stahl, Staff Reporter

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The EWU student art gallery located on Second Street in Cheney is currently hosting Collision Course, an installation of video-based collaborations featuring six EWU students. The projects were created with special focuses given to current social and political topics.

“The exhibition features a variety of video based works that offers a sense of how versatile video is an art medium,” Jenny Hyde, EWU professor and Collision Course director, said.

Most of the projects are digital animations displayed by projectors. One project done by Jeremey Lenhartzen features a video montage of continuous, grainy patterns and images projected onto a glass panel from behind.

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Get it Together Susan (Aziz Jamal, Olivia Evans and Jennifer Acevedo)

Many of the other projects feature animation-based video.  In “Hi-Ho March,” a collaboration by Aziz Jamal, Cicily Thompson and Olivia Evans, a projected, high-definition animation of various animals, robots and dolls march from the left to the right side of the frame.

Evans, a senior in the studio arts program, describes the piece as a “marching of strangers, friends [and] family, working together no matter their race or origin.”  

Stop motion is the videography technique to create in “Hi-Ho March.” The technique is executed by capturing one frame at a time and adjusting the physical objects between takes to make it look as though the objects are moving when you combine the images together and play them rapidly, Evans said.

“I use solely a DSLR camera to take the photos (usually 400 images in each stop mo.), process in Adobe Photoshop, then into Adobe Premiere Pro where they are placed in sequence and therefore animated,” Evans said.

Hyde is proud of all the projects in the gallery.  

“Many [students] had little to no knowledge of working with technology before taking a digital arts course at EWU,” said Hyde. “They really figured out how to use this medium to suit their individual ideas and voices.”

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A Conversation (By Jennifer Acevedo and Jeremy Lenhartzen)

Another project done by Evans, titled “Switching Channels,” shows multicolored identical figures tracing from one edge of the display to the other, all moving in different motions. The backdrop is black and white and features a large building in a forest environment.  

“People have the ability to feel multiple emotions at once,” said Evans. “The idea of each silhouetted figure is to represent multiple emotions, such as happiness [purple], somber [black], anxiety [pink], and enthusiasm [lime green].”  The whole project took Evans about three months to complete.

Hyde also said “Students and others in the community should visit the gallery because this is great work.”

The Collision Course will be open till May 15 during the week from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Local Art Scene: Collision Course