Artist statement: Kevin O’Leary is an artist pursuing his BFA in Digital Art from the University of West Florida.
Through the use of digital photography, digital illustration, and other mixed media, he is exploring how much complex ideas can be simplified and reduced while still conveying it's principles. Kevin believes that artists are extremely important in societies, as they are capable of articulating the most important aspects of being human.
Star Treck Project:
For this project, I wanted to deconstruct the essential characteristics of the Star Trek universe and create an object that is easily recognized and understood. My research included readings from the creators and contributors of several different television series, in order to understand what the people who imagined Star Trek hoped to communicate. As Star Trek is a show about the human condition as it intersects with technology, I thought the combadge from the Next Generation series would be the perfect object. The combadge was used by personnel aboard star fleet ships to communicate. This hands free, touch activated device is the closest thing to a modern day cell phone the show creators imagined. At the same time, the action of placing ones hand over the heart to communicate is a timeless human function. In a technical manual from the Next Generation, I found the circuitry design used for the combadges in the series. The object is to be worn like a pin if it is printed smaller, and if printed larger, will serve as a desk ornament.