Category: Art

The Soft, Memory-Laden Oil Paintings of Joshua Flint 

Migration | oil on wood panel | 30" x 30"

Migration | oil on wood panel | 30″ x 30″

The oil paintings of Joshua Flint look like depictions of memories when one tries too hard to access the faded thoughts—worn corners, blurred faces, and transposed scenes that don’t quite make sense. Each work has a familiar element that seems to be cast in a dark and foreboding haze like Sandcastles, a dark painting that disguises whether the included children are building or destroying the miniature city that lies before them.

“There is a dynamic interplay between experience and interpretation,” says Flint about his work. “What is remembered isn’t necessarily descriptive of the actual event. Once the experience has passed through our emotional filter we assign meaning to it, changing the actualities. My paintings explore that place in-between a direct translation and the abstract of emotion.”

Flint has a current exhibition titled “The World Between” at Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, South Carolina which continues until January 8, 2016. You can see more of his oil paintings and in-process sketches on his Instagram here. (via Booooooom)

Memory Palace | oil on wood panel | 24" x 24"

Memory Palace | oil on wood panel | 24″ x 24″

The Banquet | oil on canvas | 48" x 60"

The Banquet | oil on canvas | 48″ x 60″

They Feed the Earth | Oil on Canvas | 48" x 48"

They Feed the Earth | Oil on Canvas | 48″ x 48″

Mapping a Galaxy | oil on wood panel | 30" x 30"

Mapping a Galaxy | oil on wood panel | 30″ x 30″

Bright Reflections | Oil on Wood | 24" x 24"

Bright Reflections | Oil on Wood | 24″ x 24″

The Wide Arena of Air | oil on wood panel | 36" x 36"

The Wide Arena of Air | oil on wood panel | 36″ x 36″

Sandcastles | oil on canvas | 48" x 48"

Sandcastles | oil on canvas | 48″ x 48″

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

Beautiful LEGO: Wild!, a New Book Exploring Natural Brick Wonders 

hero

LEGO-based artist, author, and curator Mike Doyle (previously here and here) has collected another impressive set of LEGO masterpieces in his lastest book Beautiful LEGO: Wild! by No Starch Press, a book that explores natural wonders from undersea landscapes to a family of sea otters produced from over 3,500 LEGO pieces. Unlike Doyle’s last book which featured sculptures depicting sci-fi horrors and ghoulish nightmares, this book collects the works of several dozen artists who capture natural scenes from our planet’s Animal Kingdom and beyond.

One of Doyle’s own pieces that appears in the book is a new piece titled Appalachian Mountaintop Removal (2015), a work composed of more than 10,000 pieces that directly references the act outlined in its title. Mountaintop removal is a form of coal mining affecting the Appalachian Mountains that levels mountains, poisons aquifers, and damages surrounding wildlife indefinitely. You can learn how to help the destruction of these natural resources as well as view more of Doyle’s massive lego sculptures on his blog here.

Doyle_03

Doyle_01

Doyle_09

Doyle_06

Doyle_05

Doyle_12

Doyle_10

lego-extra

lego-cover

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

Tugboat Printshop’s Lush ‘Overlook’ Woodcut Print Rolls off the Press After 3 Years of Carving and Preparation 

overlook-11

overlook-10

overlook-3

overlook-4

overlook-1

overlook-5

overlook-6

overlook-7

overlook-8

overlook-9

hateful-process-1

hateful-process-2

overlook-2

Three years in the making, we first teased this phenomenal new woodcut print titled Overlook from Valerie Lueth and Paul Roden of Tugboat Printshop (previously) back in 2014—the carving of a single woodblock was intriguing enough to warrant its own article. After thousands of hours of preparation, drawing, carving, testing, and printing, the completed color proof was finally revealed this week.

Overlook is a color woodblock print created from 5 plates including 4 color blocks (yellow, red, light blue, dark blue) that define areas of color in the image with a 5th block (black) on top called the key block. All the woodblocks are entirely different carvings on 3/4″ birch plywood that contain different information. As each is printed in succession on handmade kozo fiber paper, the colors merge to produce additional hues, highlights, shadows, and other details of the final print. The splendidly detailed 46″ x 30″ artwork depicts a mid-day scenic view of a mountain range surrounded by dense forests, groves, and sprawling vegetation in a myriad of colors.

The final limited edition of 100 prints will be completed early next month and are currently available for pre-order on Tugboat Printshop’s website. You can see of behind-the-scenes process photos and videos of Overlook on Flickr.

See related posts on Colossal about , , .

A Carved Graphite Train on Tracks Emerges from Inside a Carpenter’s Pencil 

pencil-1
All photos courtesy Cindy Chinn

We’ve seen a number of artists working with pencil leads over the last few years, where the narrow dimensions of graphite are carved into minuscule objects. This recent piece by Nebraska-based artist Cindy Chinn is particularly ingenious, an entire carpenter’s pencil is turned into a tiny train, trestle, and bridge. “This piece was designed using straight lead pieces for the rails, with the tiny carved train placed and securely glued on top of the rails,” Chinn shares. “The train engine is only 3/16″ of an inch tall. The pencil is 5-5/8″ long and mounted in a wood shadowbox frame as shown in the photos.”

You can see more of Chinn’s pencil carving work on her website and on Etsy. See more pencil carving fun from Salavat Fidai, Diem Chau, and Dalton Ghetti. (via Laughing Squid)

pencil-2

pencil-3

pencil-4

pencil-5

See related posts on Colossal about , , , , .

Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings of Haphazardly Wrapped Packages and Gifts by Yrjö Edelmann 

yrijo-3

Image provided Craighead Green Gallery

The works of Yrjö Edelmann are so precise that they translate without question as photograph. Even with double, triple, and quadruple takes it is nearly impossible to imagine that the pieces have been produced from precisely placed oil paint. The objects Edelmann depicts are not perfectly wrapped pieces, but rather haphazardly taped and constructed, often on irregularly shaped canvases to heighten the trompe-l’œil effect. Scotch tape and twine hold the wrapping paper in place, with wrinkles covering the bright and often reflective package’s surface.

Edelmann was born in 1941 in Finland, and studied at the University College of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden. Edelmann is represented by Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, Gallerie GKM in Malmö, and Scott Richards Contemporary Art in San Francisco where he has an upcoming solo exhibition in March of 2016. You explore more of his work in detail on Artsy.  (via This Isn’t Happiness)

Edelmann_05

Image provided Craighead Green Gallery

Edelmann_09

Image provided Craighead Green Gallery

Edelmann_03

Image provided Craighead Green Gallery

Edelmann_04

Image provided Craighead Green Gallery

Edelmann_08

Image provided Craighead Green Gallery

yrijo-2

Image provided Craighead Green Gallery

yrijo-1

Image provided Craighead Green Gallery

yrijo-4

Image courtesy of Scott Richards Contemporary Art

yrijo-5

Image courtesy of Scott Richards Contemporary Art

yrijo-6

See related posts on Colossal about , , .

Interactive Seesaws on the Streets of Montreal Emit Light and Musical Harmonies 

seesaw-5
Image © Ulysse Lemerise

Currently on view at the Place Des Festivals in Montreal, Impulse is a new public art installation comprised of 30 completely illuminated seesaws and a series of video-projections on nearby building facades. When the seesaws are used they “activated” and begin to emit tones resulting in various musical harmonies. The project is part of a collaboration between CS Design and Toronto-based Lateral Office.

“Once in motion, the built-in lights and speakers produce a harmonious sequence of sounds and lights, resulting in a constantly evolving ephemeral composition,” say organizers of the event. This past summer the project was selected as a winner of the 6th annual Luminothérapie event.

Impulse will be on display through January 31, 2016, and you can see a bit more over on Arch Daily. (via Dezeen)

seesaw-1
Image © Ulysse Lemerise

seesaw-2
Image © Ulysse Lemerise

seesaw-3
Image © Ulysse Lemerise

seesaw-4
Image © Ulysse Lemerise

See related posts on Colossal about , , , , , .

Page 102 of 425«...101102103104...»