Back to the Future is a documentary short about Argentinean photographer Irina Werning’s incredible photography project where she recreates cherished old photographs of people. I always assumed that Werning must be obsessed with details to take photos that so closely resembled images made decades earlier, but I didn’t expect the amount of labor that goes into making a single shot. From arranging the right wardrobe, to creating backdrops and perfectly mimicked bad lighting, let alone traveling to meet each of her subjects, each photograph is really a significant undertaking. Filmed by Jamie Jassett.
After months of too much work, planning, and sleepless nights I’m proud to announce the launch of the Colossal Shop, as well as the complete redesign of the Colossal Blog, and as if that weren’t enough, a shiny new identity created by design powerhouse Scott Reinhard.
First, the shop. For years I’ve been meeting artists, designers, and artisans I’ve encountered through articles on Colossal and while it’s been extraordinarily fun to gather their work here on the blog, it’s also been amazing to have their objects in my home. Through their encouragement and my own desire gather together some of my favorite designed objects, toys, and limited edition art pieces into an online store, the Colossal Shop was born. We’ll be adding many more things over the next few weeks so stay tuned.
Next, the new look. The old Colossal site was getting a little shabby as it was never designed to work on mobile devices and lacked a bit of polish. So I set about a redesign and while I was plugging away learned that Chicago designer Scott Reinhard had recently left a long stint at the MCA and was open for business. We chatted briefly and got to work. The new logo is big, refined, and very flexible, expect to see new interpretations of it all the time. Thanks Scott! The new blog itself is now equally flexible and can be viewed on almost any device. If you see any bugs or weirdness please let me know.
Now, back to work. I’m sorry posts have been almost glacial at times here on Colossal, things should pick up swiftly now. A huge thanks to Eric Hazen and developer Derek S. Moore for helping with some heavy content and development work the last few weeks.
Japanese paper artist Nahoko Kojima cuts intricate sculptures of animals, textures, and other natural phenomenon from single sheets of paper, some of which are displayed encased in acrylic sheets while others like her Cloud Leopard are installed as 3D artworks. The artist is currently working on a new piece titled Byaku that will be unveiled at the Jerwood Space in London next month, an ambitious artwork of a life-sized swimming polar bear made using a single sheet of white Washi paper.
French artist Fabienne Rivory creates these unusually beautiful images by working with mirrored photographs and watercolor paints. Rivory has been making artwork that blends paint and photography since 2007, a process she likens to the exploration of memory versus reality. Her most recent series titled Miroir is well worth a look, and prints are available here. (via colossal submissions)
I love this new piece by street artist Seth, spotted today in Paris. You may remember his work from a few weeks ago in the temporary gallery space at the shuttered Les Bains nightclub. According to StreetArtNews the piece can be found on Rue de Julienne right about here. (via this isn’t happiness)
Though cast from bands of stainless steel ribbons, these figurative sculptures by Texas-based artist Gil Bruvel seem more fluid than solid, as if the wind could simply blow them apart. The works above are all part of the artist’s Flow series that he says are meant to reveal “an essential underlying fluidity that exists simultaneously within the physical, quantum, and metaphoric realms.” Bruvel was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1959 and he began learning the basics of sculpting at the age of nine before embarking on an artist career that now spans nearly 40 years. If you’re in San Francisco next month you can catch Bruvel’s work at Chloe Gallery starting June 30th, and you can see plenty more right here.
Prolific sound artist Zimoun (previously here and here) has completed work on what may be his most ambitious project ever, a towering sound installation inside an abandoned toluene tank in Dottikon, Switzerland. The permanent installation uses 329 of the artist’s trademark prepared dc-motors and cotton balls that have been affixed to the inner tank walls, and relied on contributions from Hannes Zweifel Architecture, Davide Groppi, and many others. The result is a whirring, rhythmic soundscape that is completely camouflaged within an old factory. Via Zimoun’s artist statement:
Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.
Zimoun has completed several additional installations in the last few months, all of which can been seen on his website.