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Win a Trip to San Francisco to See Inflatable at the Exploratorium

April 18, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Fantastic Planet by Amanda Parer. Photo credit: Parer Studio

In partnership with Hyperallergic and the Exploratorium museum, we’re giving away a trip to San Francisco to see the museum’s summer exhibition, ‘Inflatable’, curated by Colossal. One lucky reader and a plus-one of their choice will be provided with hotel accommodations, airfare, and tickets for the exclusive preview night of Inflatable on Friday, May 25. Read more about the exhibition here;  the prize package and how to enter are detailed below. This giveaway is available only to US readers.

Prize includes hotel, flight, and admission for two to the preview event on May 25, 2018:

Hotel accommodations include three nights at the Hotel Zephyr at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco.

Flights to be awarded with two $500 Visa gift cards.

Tickets for two to exclusive preview event on Friday, May 25, 2018, including meet and greet with the artists and curator of Inflatable.

$500 in gift certificates to The Colossal Shop and the Hyperallergic Store ($250 each).

Enter to win below or via this link.

 

 



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SVA’s Summer 2018 Continuing Education Courses Begin June 4 (Sponsor)

April 16, 2018

Colossal

Elana Goren

From one-day workshops to semester-long courses, take the opportunity to immerse yourself and be inspired with School of Visual Arts’ summer 2018 continuing education coursework. Develop your skills in Interior Design, Photography, or Fine Arts; hone your visual acumen with Visual Narrative, Design, or Visual and Critical Studies; advance your creative career with Film and Video, Illustration and CartooningAnimation, or Computer Art and Visual Effects; and stay on the cutting edge through studies in Advertising, Professional Development, and the Visible Futures Lab.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. SVA represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

Visit sva.edu for details on how to register or for advice on courses.

School of Visual Arts, Division of Continuing Education
sva.edu/ce, E-mail: [email protected], Toll-free telephone: 877.242.7200

 

 



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UGEARS Launches 12 New Mechanical Models (Sponsor)

March 27, 2018

Colossal

UGEARS continues to reveal the mystery of mechanics with twelve new mechanical models available exclusively on Kickstarter. Some designs are inspired by real-life prototypes, while others are original re-imaginings of historical mechanisms and the creatures from your wishlist.

All UGEARS models are made of sustainably sourced wood and are powered by rubber bands, gears, cranks, and gravity. No glue or batteries are required; simply follow the detailed step-by-step illustrated manual with instructions in 11 languages to complete your model.

The Horse-Mechanoid, the Tower Windmill, Aviator, V-Express Steam Train with Tender, a Secret model, the Archballista-Tower, the Stagecoach, the Roadster, the Bike, the Heavy Boy Long-Hauler with Trailer, and Flexi-Cubus will be your companions on an exciting mechanical journey through history.

The UGEARS team is continuously working on fascinating new self-propelled wooden models. With your support, UGEARS can develop more new DIY models all over the world.

Whether you’re a hobbyist, looking for an original gift idea, or are simply curious, UGEARS mechanical models provide hours of fun and the joy of creating. The UGEARS mission is to give an unforgettable time of working together on things that are popular for all ages.

This post was sponsored by UGEARS.

 

 



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Courses Begin January 22 at the School of Visual Arts (Sponsor)

December 18, 2017

Colossal

Print by Daniel Shepard

From one-day workshops to semester-long courses, take the opportunity to immerse yourself and be inspired. Courses are available in:

   — Advertising
   — Animation
   — Computer Art, Computer Animation, and Visual Effects
   — Design
   — Film and Video
   — Fine Arts
   — Illustration and Cartooning
   — Interior Design
   — Photography
   — Professional Development
   — Visual and Critical Studies
   — Visual Futures Lab
   — Visual Narrative

How to Register / Advice on Courses

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. SVA represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

School of VISUAL ARTS, Division of Continuing Education
E-mail: [email protected] / Toll-free phone: 877.242.7200
Check out the latest issue of our newsletter: ContinuED

 

 



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SCI-Arc Students Reimagine Claes Oldenburg’s ‘Geometric Mouse’ as Inspiration for Rethinking Multiples in Art and Architecture





December 5, 2017

Colossal

SCI-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, in Los Angeles is a school that considers architecture an art form capable of engaging with contemporary culture and public imagination. At the graduate level, the school offers creative individuals with an undergraduate degree in any field of study the opportunity to transition into the professional and academic world of architecture through its 3-year professionally accredited Master of Architecture 1 program.

Students in SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 1 come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, but they all share an interest in cultural production. In order to familiarize students with problems central to the discourse of architecture, the program begins with a design studio that sets up a foundation of technical rigor and fine craft while utilizing contemporary architectural tools. During the second year, students are engaged in Visual Studies and Design Studio courses that consider the role of ‘Multiples’ in Art and Architecture, and enable students to create stunning visual techniques that are unique to the vibrant environment that SCI-Arc cultivates.

Through a seminar specific Grasshopper-Kangaroo software script, students rigged and animated 3D arrangements of parts (ears, head, nose, body, etc.), then produced physical models in a range of materials using 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser cutting. Students also had the opportunity to experiment with several advanced imaging technologies, including Augmented Reality, Stroboscopic Animation, and Real-time Projection Mapping in SCI-Arc’s Robot House. This comprehensive set of techniques in Visual Studies supported the development of conceptual, theoretical and formal proposals in Design Studio for a new Disney Animation Studio in Burbank California.

Following SCI-Arc’s studio model of the “practicing architect as educator”, this Visual Studies seminar and related Design Studio was coordinated by Devyn Weiser whose professional practice, Testa & Weiser, was selected for the Canadian Centre for Architecture landmark exhibit Archeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention at the CCA and Yale University in 2017.

To view more SCI-Arc student and faculty work, visit sciarc.edu or instagram.com/sciarc and instagram.com/devynweiser.

 

 



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Hand-Lettered Art from Skylar Yoo Inspires and Empowers Women (Sponsor)

November 6, 2017

Colossal

Skylar Yoo is a new company dedicated to inspiring and empowering women. Alice Yoo, the former editor-in-chief of the art blog My Modern Met, founded the company after discovering the beauty of hand lettering. She paired the unique artform with meaningful words and phrases inspired in part by the Women’s March last January, an event that saw five million people advocate for women’s rights in 700 marches worldwide. Deeply impacted by the global demonstration, Yoo feels that women have a story that needs to be told.

As part of the launch, Yoo collaborated with 14 hand lettering artists including German illustrator Tobias Saul. When asked how he sees hand lettering differing from other forms of art, Tobias shares:

For me, hand lettering combines three different fields: type design, illustration, and graphic design. You have to know a lot of different type styles and how they are constructed. Additionally, you need drawing skills to bring them to paper. And, you have to be able to create different layouts and work with colors. This symbiosis of different graphic fields makes hand lettering so fascinating to me.

Tobias produced this quick timelapse video of his creation process, from start to finish. You can buy his artwork, in the form of t-shirts or art prints at Skylar Yoo, as well as enamel pins and temporary tattoos.

Below are some of the artworks, made by Tobias Saul and others, found exclusively at Skylar Yoo.

 

 



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Artist Bing Lin Discusses Her Experience with MassArt’s Dynamic Media Institute

October 23, 2017

Colossal

Bing Lin, “gameLAN 2.0” (2016) (all images courtesy the artist. MFA Dynamic Media Institute)

“The Dynamic Media Institute (DMI) at MassArt appealed to me because it connects research, fine art, and design thinking within a studio environment. It was a perfect place for me to study because it allowed me to pursue my work in a deep way through focused courses and one-on- one mentorship.

My thesis, gameLAN 2.0, was inspired by my experience playing in a Javanese Gamelan ensemble. By linking the sounds of drums, xylophones and string instruments to a visual medium, gameLAN 2.0 allows simultaneous translation from sound to visual projections.

MassArt’s digital fabrication lab enabled me to design and construct the object through which users translate the traditional gamelan sounds in new ways while witnessing a visual manifestation of their efforts. MassArt continues to be a unique place to call home and I am grateful to be apart of our strong alumni community.”

— Bing Lin (Design/Dynamic Media MFA ’16)

Learn more at massart.edu/graduate-programs.

Bing Lin, “gameLAN 2.0” (2016)

Bing Lin, “gameLAN 2.0” (2016)