Italian artist Marcello Barenghi draws incredibly realistic everyday objects that appear almost three dimensional with the help of colored pencils and occasional enhancements using markers or watercolor. Each work appears ever so slightly stylized which I think sets these apart from similar hyperrealistic drawings that are meant to ‘trick’ a viewer. If you want to see more, Barenghi runs a YouTube channel where he documents the process of almost every drawing. (via 2headedsnake)
Over the last few months numerous artists who have appeared on Colossal have created or been included in some pretty fantastic books that I thought I would bring your attention to. So in no particular order…
Before I Die, the book
New Orleans artist Candy Chang (previously here, here and here) has seen her famous ‘Before I Die’ project spread to 300 walls in over 50 countries and in 20 languages. Her new book by the same name shares a lot about how the project came about and most importantly includes photos of anonymous comments filled with hope, fear, humor, and heartbreak.
Art Made From Books
Published just a few weeks ago Art Made from Books includes work from no less than 27 artists (over a dozen have appeared here on Colossal) who make sculptures, collages, installations, and other artworks with the pages of books.
Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations
Outside the Lines is a brand new book edited by Souris Hong-Porretta that includes some 119 artists (including Keith Haring, AIKO, Shepard Fairey, Exene Cervenka, Keita Takahashi, Jen Corace, and Ryan McGinness) who have contributed black and white drawings designed to help kick-start creativity and inspire new ideas.
Origin of the Beginning
Hot off the presses, Origin of the Beginning is the first publication from Dutch artist Levi van Veluw (previously) that serves as an overview of his photographs, drawings, installations, sculptures and videos spanning 2006 to 2013. The book itself is a sort of artwork with an embedded wooden square that perforates every page of the book.
Big Appetites, Tiny People in a World of Big Food
The miniature people in these photos are dwarfed not only by food, but also by the giant imagination of photographer Christopher Boffoli. His latest book, Big Appetites, contains dozens of new photos that tell the story of tiny people who struggle to survive inside these bizare, edible worlds.
Full non-disclosure: Colossal is published from Illinois, a state in which Amazon cannot run an affiliate program, thus all of the links above are non-affiliate links and I really am just recommending these books because they are awesome. That is all.
London-based Lobulo Design (who is actually just a single desiner who goes by Lobulo) creates wonderful, vibrant designs using paper. From pop culture to anatomy and the natural world it seems like nothing is off limits. Check out much more over on Behance.
Last Thanksgiving, Cerniello traveled to his friend Danielle’s family reunion and with still photographer Keith Sirchio shot portraits of her youngest cousins through to her oldest relatives with a Hasselblad medium format camera. Then began the process of scanning each photo with a drum scanner at the U.N. in New York, at which point he carefully edited the photos to select the family members that had the most similar bone structure. Next he brought on animators Nathan Meier and Edmund Earle who worked in After Effects and 3D Studio Max to morph and animate the still photos to make them lifelike as possible. Finally, Nuke (a kind of 3D visual effects software) artist George Cuddy was brought on to smooth out some small details like the eyes and hair.
The final result is pretty remarkable, if a little bizarre. Not quite out of the uncanny valley, and yet pause the movie at any moment and it feels like you’re looking at a plain portrait. While it plays the transitions are just slow enough that you’re only vaguely aware anything is happening. It’s amazing as it is weird. He tells me via email:
I wanted to make a person, I felt like I could tell a story with that, but it ended up feeling slightly robotic, like an android. I’m OK with that. Things never come out the exact way you plan them, but that’s the fun. The score I imagined would tell this woman’s life, with events speeding by as she aged, but in the end I thought it would be more interesting to go with an abstract piece of sound, and my friend Mark Reveley really came through because I love how it sounds.
Cerniello normally edits commercials and music videos for the likes of 30 Seconds to Mars and Kings of Leon, you can see much more of his work over on his website.
The life of a flower usually ends in slow, inglorious decay as petals wilt and succombs to the cycle of life, but these flowers shot by German photographer Martin Klimas go out with a bang. You might recognize Klimas’ work from his wildly popular series of shattered ceramic figures photographed at high speed as they hit the ground. For his exploding flower photographs the artist first soaked them in liquid nitrogen to ensure the petals were brittle as eggshells and then blasted them from behind with an air gun resulting in dazzling bursts of color.
Oakland-based artist Brendan Monroe has been on a tear lately a solo show and several group exhibitions featuring his delightfully strange human and topographic forms composed of whirling rivers and swarms of color. The artist says his artwork is mostly rooted in science and then executed through painting and sculpting, which is not hard to see given the flow of energy found in each piece that seems influenced by the flow of water, tornadoes, or the grouping of microorganisms. Many of the paintings shown here are from a solo show at Richard Heller Gallery last May, and you can catch several new pieces at Galerie L.J. in Paris later this year.
In this video from the Glue Society (previously here and here) we learn about a new art movement focused on posessing multiples of the same object. This had me smiling all the way through. The clip was made as a promotional effort for Boost chocolate bars, but stands up surprisingly well on its own. Happy Friday.
As part of her current exhibition titled Earthshine at Gallery Wendi Norris (which is aslo her American solo debut), Japanese multidisciplinary artist Tomoko Konoike explores various crystaline structures in sculptures and drawings. Drawing inspiration from manga, Shinto animism, Noh drama, and pop culture, the artist creates surreal, otherworldly artworks that encompass sculpture, drawing, photography, and animation.
Among one of her most striking works is this amazing six-legged wolf wrapped in mirror shards titled Donning Animal Skins and Braided Grass. The wolf is now extinct in Konoike’s native Japan, but is a prominent spiritual symbol in much of her art. You can see much more over on Hi-Fructose and Gallery Wendi Norris. The exhibition runs through October 26, 2013.