Visualizing the Experiences of War

Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 11:00am to Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 6:00pm
Urban Arts Space


Idea Lab Reception

Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 6-8PM

The project includes more than twenty veteran and artist pairs working together to create a piece of artwork. Artists from diverse backgrounds use multiple techniques and media including poetry, drawing, photography, and sculpture to express the soldier's experience. ViEW is presented by Idea Lab at the OSU Urban Arts Space. 

Erica Slone and Ash Woolson, both veterans and students in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University, developed one of the selected Idea Lab projects this year: Visualizing the Experience of War (ViEW). The ViEW project pairs an artist with a veteran to create an original piece based on that veteran's experience during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The project includes more than twenty veteran and artist pairs working together to create a piece of artwork. Artists from diverse backgrounds use multiple techniques and mediums including poetry, drawing, photography, and sculpture to express the soldier's experience. The Visualizing the Experiences of War exhibition displays the artwork produced from the ViEW project and will rotate through October 23rd.   

The goal of ViEW is to provide an alternative to the mass media as source of information about the current wars in the Middle East.  Slone and Woolson feel the reality of war that veterans experience is not the like stories on the news. These personal war stories are less glorified but equally stunning and captivating.  The art produced from first-hand story telling gives an account of the personal lives of soldiers in combat, rather than the broad view the mass media usually focuses on.

Participating Artists

 

Hanif Abbaqurib 

Jeff Aldridge 

Ginnie Baer 

Ginny Baughman 

Virginia Colwell 

George Gregory

Josh Hipsher  

Tom JonesAshley Moore 

Paul Moon 

Joe Shearer 

Chad Sines 

Todd Slaughter 

Erica Slone

Collaborative works from Combat Paper Project and Warrior Writers Workshop

Matt Mitchell: 100 Faces of War

Drew Cameron and Drew Luan Matott: The Combat Paper Project 

Rick Lawson: The War Experience Project

The Warrior Writers Project  

Participating Veterans

Jeff Aldridge 

Dan Dixon 

Chad Elliot 

Kevin Fath 

Todd Hickerson 

Scott Himes 

Jesse Launch 

Brian Rogge 

Joe Shearer 

Erica Slone 

Ben Thompson 

Carrie Tong 

Ash Woolson 

The public reception is free and open to all.  Light refreshments will be served.  

Idea Lab is a student-run project development launch pad. Projects are selected from a wide variety of proposals submitted by Ohio State University students, and then developed and realized with help from faculty, the community, and the OSU Urban Arts Space staff.

 

For video performances, see below:

"Visualizing PTSD" by Paul Moon (artist) and Joe Shearer (veteran)

"You're A Hero Now" by Josh Hipsher

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