Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jake Carlson, Student Work

November 22nd, 1960
TV's, laptop, screen prints, table, flag.
Approx. 6 feet tall, 2.5 feet wide

 I have always been obsessed with the JFK assasination, so I wanted to commemorate it while using aspects of life in 2015, like overboard media coverage on every device possible. I created a stack of media related objects. I printed Kennedy's face as a pattern. I used a mirror like surface on the screens, which has significance to the overall event. Whenever I talk to people who were alive during this time, they always say it was a time of reflection. To look at yourself in the mirror and actually question what is going on, rather than soaking the information up like a sponge. 

Jake Carlson, Student Work


Regardless of who you are, your political values or moral beliefs, you have to admit that Donald Trump is using discrimination, power, and fear to make a run for this 2016 election. This project pokes fun at a political candidate to depict a broken America. Before the industrial revolution, silver spoons were signs of extreme wealth and elegance, thus spawning the saying, "Born with a silver spoon in his mouth".  This is the ideology I wanted to evoke with this piece. These are photo transfers on spoons, hung up on divided flag where the stripes are intentionally not matching up. We are at a time when the 1% owns the majority the money in this country. We are experiencing racial acts of terrorism between citizens. I don't believe it is beneficial for a big business mogul, who supports shutting certain races out of our country, should occupy the White House. 

Jake Carlson, Student Work

"Documenting Injustice"

I chose seven victims of Police Brutality and/or the United States Justice System. They range from being shot 16 times by a police officer, to the Supreme Court taking away their First Amendment right. My goal for this project was to get this information public as much as possible. So I made them into flyers and placed them around campus and throughout the city. These are all the outlines of the actual victim's faces, while the barcodes symbolize that they are not individuals, just another object off the shelf.

Jake Carlson, Student Work

"I Refuse The Right To Be Silent"

The newspaper symbolizes the media. I created black silhouettes/cut outs of police officers. The faces are left blank to suggest that anyone can make poor decisions when put in a position of power. This piece is intended to communicate emotions that are graphic, controversial and powerful.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Below are links to a few podcasts. I will continue to add to the list as I receive suggestions, so check back. Most have apps that you can download on your phone.

This American Life

Radio Lab

The Moth 

On Being



TED Radio Hour

State of the Re-Union 
State of the Re-Union and Reveal hosted by Al Letson. Letson hails from Jacksonville.
Host, Executive Producer, Idea Man, and Top Dog of State of the Re:Union, Al Letson has received national recognition and built a devoted fan base with soul-stirring, interdisciplinary work. He established himself early in his career as a heavyweight in the Poetry Slam Movement, which garnered artistic credibility and renown. Performing on a number of national, regional and local stages including HBO's Def Poetry Jam, CBS's Final Four PreGame Show and commercial projects for Sony, the Florida Times Union, Adobe Software, and the Doorpost Film Project, Al has honed his professional voice and artistic sensibilities into a unique brand that is all his own. After winning the Public Radio Talent Quest, Al received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to create three episodes of his public radio show concept State of the Re:Union. His company finished their first grant in August of 2009 and has just been awarded one of the largest public radio grants every given to a single project to produce a full season of shows.