Category: Art

Animal and Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crocheted Webbing by Joana Vasconcelos

Animal and Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crocheted Webbing by Joana Vasconcelos sculpture crochet animals

Animal and Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crocheted Webbing by Joana Vasconcelos sculpture crochet animals

Animal and Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crocheted Webbing by Joana Vasconcelos sculpture crochet animals

Animal and Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crocheted Webbing by Joana Vasconcelos sculpture crochet animals

Animal and Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crocheted Webbing by Joana Vasconcelos sculpture crochet animals

Animal and Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crocheted Webbing by Joana Vasconcelos sculpture crochet animals

Animal and Insect Sculptures Wrapped in Crocheted Webbing by Joana Vasconcelos sculpture crochet animals

In an ongoing series by Joana Vasconcelos, the Portuguese artist has been wrapping various animals—wasps, lizards, snakes, crabs, lobsters, frogs, bull-heads, donkey heads, horse heads, wolves and even cats—in five-needle lace, handmade cotton crochet. But these aren’t any old animals. Vasconcelos has appropriated the ceramic artwork of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905), one of the most renowned Portuguese artists of the 19th century.

Each of the pieces “are ambiguously imprisoned/protected by a second-skin in crochet-work,” says Vasconcelos. At once both beautiful and strange, the work stands as a testament to the extraordinary craftsmanship of the artist but also as a one-upmanship of maternal femininity and domesticity. The use of crochet to mummify the ceramic animals “opens up a vast and rich field of interpretation” that challenges our preconceptions of femininity, as well as our notions of tradition and modernity. (via Trendland, Ghost in the Machine)

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Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon street art lace ceramics

Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon uses ornate lace patterns in her unique brand of street art that translates into ceramics, stencils, paintings, and crocheted webbing installed in public spaces. NeSpoon refers to her art as “public jewelry,” specifically as an act of beautification by turning abandoned and unadorned spaces into something aesthetically pleasing. You can see much more over on Behance. (via My Modern Met, Unurth)

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Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal Leaves Miniature Cement Skeletons on the Streets of Mexico street art sculpture miniature Mexico cement

Artist Isaac Cordal (previously) is well-known for his creation and placement of miniature cement figures in public places around the world as part of an ongoing series called Cement Eclipses. While the meaning behind each tiny sculpture is intentionally ambiguous, it’s impossible to look at each piece without imagining a story. The pieces often appear in scenes of mourning or despair, as part of what Cordal says is commentary on humankind’s disregard for nature and as foreshadowing of potential consequences. From his artist statement:

Isaac Cordal is sympathetic toward his little people and you can empathize with their situations, their leisure time, their waiting for buses and even their more tragic moments such as accidental death, suicide or family funerals. The sculptures can be found in gutters, on top of buildings, on top of bus shelters; in many unusual and unlikely places.

These new skeletal works are part of a 2013 series he created in Chiapas, Mexico, and he also had work this summer at ArtScape 2014 in Sweden. You can see more over on Facebook. (via Supersonic)

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This Is What Happens When You Attach a GoPro Camera to a Moving Car Wheel

Though we may be rapidly heading toward peak GoPro, and the number of unique scenarios where the tiny video camera is used to film something is dwindling, gems like these still persist. For his Video Sketchbook class at the University of Wisconsin, Ryan Fox attached a camera to his car wheel while driving aroud at night, and this is the dizzying result. This should probably come with a list of seizure/vertigo/hypnotism warnings. (via Vimeo)

Update: Hey, if you liked this, also check out Paul Octavious’ photo series of spinning vinyl, Grandpa’s Records (scroll right).

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Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Lucie Houdkova

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Andrée-Anne Dupuis-Bourret

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Marine Coutroutsios

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Geraldine Gonzalez

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Mia Pearlman

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books
Cecilia Levy

Paper Play: A New Book About the Art of Papercraft from Gingko Press paper books

Just published by Gingko Press, Paper Play is a new 256-page book exploring the use of paper in contemporary art and design. The book features no less than 82 designers and artists who use paper in sculptures, jewelry, street art, installations and everything else you can imagine. I started listing out all the artists we’ve featured here on the Colossal who are included in the book, but it got a bit unwieldy after a dozen. Pick it up here.

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Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) building case (studio view), 1980-2000. Material: Gold, pearls, turquoise. Length: 2.5 cm. Photographer: Frédéric Delpech. Image courtesy of the artist and Art:Concept gallery, Paris and MONA Museum of Old and New Art.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold

Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and rocks in an attempt to build temporary aquatic cocoons. To do this, the small, slow-moving creatures excrete silk from salivary glands near their mouths which they use like mortar to stick together almost every available material into a cozy tube. A few weeks later a fully developed caddisfly emerges and almost immediately flies away.

After first learning about caddisflies, self-taught (and self-professed amateur) artist Hubert Duprat had a thought. Had a caddisfly ever naturally encountered a fleck of gold in a river and used it to build a home? And then one step further: what if a caddisfly had only gold and other precious stones or jewels to work with?

Trichoptères, French for the scientific name of the caddisfly, is Duprat’s answer to that question. For years the artist has been collaborating with the tiny insects, providing them small aquariums of gold, turquoise and pearls that the the larvae readily use to construct their temporary homes. Regardless of how creepy crawly you might find the insects, it’s impossible to deny the strange beauty of the final product, tiny gold sculptures held together with silk. Encountering them void of any context, one would assume they were constructed by a jeweler.

Duprat currently has a solo exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania which runs through July 28th, and it should be notced thath is work with caddisflies is only one small aspect of his art practice.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera larva with case, 1980-2000. Material: gold and pearls. Dimension: 0.5 x 1.9 cm. Photographer: Frédéric Delpech. Image courtesy of the artist and Art:Concept gallery, Paris and MONA Museum of Old and New Art.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera larva with case, 1980-2000. Material: gold and pearls. Dimension: 0.5 x 1.9 cm. Photographer: Frédéric Delpech. Image courtesy of the artist and Art:Concept gallery, Paris and MONA Museum of Old and New Art.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case on pedestal. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case on pedestal. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case on pedestal. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold

A huge thank you to the Museum of Old and New Art and photographer Fabrice Gousset for providing the images for this post. If you liked this, don’t miss the work of (via ARTREBELS)

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An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Installed at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado swings light installation Colorado

Canadian design collective Daily Tous Les Jours (previously) was recently invited to bring their fantastic musical light swing installation to the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. The interactive swing set titled simply, The Swings, is comprised of illuminated panels that also trigger audible tones that harmonize as people swing. As more and more people join in the act of swinging turns into randomly improvised melody and light show. From their project site:

The Swings allow participants to make music with their entire bodies, to connect to one another and to have a sense of ownership of public space due to the music they create. The result is a giant collective instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. The project offers a new experience in collective music making, available to enliven urban spaces, festivals, special events, and more.

The Swings were on view through July 11th of this month, but the entire installation is now on tour. If you’re interested in bringing it to your own arts event, get in touch at the bottom of this page.

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