April Artists (Lydia Moyer, Kate Shannon, Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy)



Anemophilous Formula for Computer Art – Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy (North Carolina, USA)

Inspired by Jim Campbell’s Formula for Computer Art and Tallahassee’s annual sea of tree pollen, this generative animation is intentionally meditative. The diligently recorded data of the National Allergy Board guides the animation down a predictable path and stands in stark contrast to the chaos of everyday life. The project calls into question our obsession with mapping nature, as if grasping its sublimity would be essential to finding lifelong satisfaction.

Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy are a North Carolina–based collaborative art team who met at the University of California San Diego. Selected exhibitions of her work include the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville; Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago; MCA San Diego; Long March Space Beijing; ARC Gallery Chicago; and Soho20 New York. She has received funding from MacDowell, Künstlerhaus Salzburg, Anderson Ranch, the DAAD, the NEA, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission. Owen’s work is best known for his online interventions that have been reviewed by over 300 international news media outlets including the New York Times, National Public Radio, and Wired UK. Recent exhibitions of his work include solo and group exhibitions in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin, and Rotterdam. His work is in Art and the Internet (2014) and Thinking Through Digital Media (2015).

Ohio Skyscape – Kate Shannon (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

In the age of high-definition televisions and state-of-the art advertising, I have become interested in the outmoded advertisements I find in places like Mansfield, Ohio, where I currently work. Mansfield is a manufacturing city affected by a decades-long economic deterioration that has worsened in recent years. In Mansfield, the sky is sometimes interrupted by small, inelegant, desperate pleas for financial fulfillment.
There was one car dealership that captured my attention on my commute to work each day last year, which used a big blue gorilla to attract costumers. Like so many small businesses in my area that quickly come and go, the car dealership eventually went out of business. In this animation, a memorial to the doomed car dealership, a tiny gorilla advertisement penetrates a beautiful Ohio sky and competes for your attention.

Kate Shannon is an associate professor of art at The Ohio State University Mansfield.  The recipient of the 2013 OSU Mansfield Campus Award for Excellence in Scholarship, she has exhibited her creative work across the United States. Selected venues include Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH; the Zhou B Art Center Gallery in Chicago, IL; the Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas, NV; and TRACTIONARTS in Los Angeles, CA. Shannon received her MFA from The Ohio State University and her BFA from the University of Kentucky. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, son, and cats.

Terre Nullius – Lydia Moyer (Charlottesville, VA, USA)

The imagined flowers that bore witness to a young women’s overland journey back to the captive world from which she had come.  This video is a part of the Terre Nullius project, inspired by the story of Olive Oatman, a young Morman woman who lived among the Mojave people for a significant period in her youth before being conscripted back into the white world by a member of her birth family.