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San Francisco’s Exploratorium Presents Inflatable, an Exhibition of Gigantic Air-filled Artworks (Sponsor)

May 22, 2018

Colossal

Explore, play, and wonder at gigantic, fantastical, artworks at Inflatable a new summer exhibition at the Exploratorium, San Francisco’s iconic museum of art, science, and human perception.

Curated by Christopher Jobson, founder and editor-in-chief of Colossal, Inflatable features artwork by Tasmanian environmental artist Amanda Parer, balloon sculptor Jason Hackenwerth, interactive artist and educator Jimmy Kuehnle, technology-inspired designer Shih Chieh Huang, and Rhode Island collective Pneuhaus. Massive air-filled, human-like figures will fill the museum from floor to ceiling, along with dynamic sculptures of otherworldly organisms, a forest of cushiony columns, an inflatable insect-eye room, and more. Even visitors familiar with the Exploratorium will see the space in a new way.

Rated the #1 Museum in San Francisco on TripAdvisor, the Exploratorium is more than a museum. Visitors of all ages can step inside a tornado, turn upside down in a giant curved mirror, walk on a fog bridge, and explore more than 650 hands-on exhibits. The museum offers all of this plus unique programs, discussions, and events; a café and restaurant; two stores; and more at its beautiful San Francisco waterfront location on the historic Embarcadero.

Located between the historic Ferry Building and Pier 39, the Exploratorium is a short distance from any of these popular attractions: Fisherman’s Wharf, the Alcatraz ferries, and downtown.

  • Daily Summer Hours (May 26–September 3), 10am–5pm (All ages)
  • After Dark Thursday Evenings, 6–10pm (Ages 18+)
  • Friday Evening Extended Hours (July 6–August 31), 10am–9pm (All Ages)

Entry to Inflatable is included with museum admission.

Learn more at exploratorium.edu/inflatable and follow the Exploratorium on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.

 

 



How Jewelry Artist Alexis Pavlantos Grew Her Business with Weebly

May 4, 2018

Colossal + Weebly

Oakland-based artist Alexis Pavlantos brings to life beetles, fireflies, and other tiny creatures in her masterfully crafted insect jewelry where unexpected wildlife becomes high-end adornment. Despite their lifelike appearance, the objects are each sculpted entirely by hand showing the artist’s remarkable ability to translate the fine details of nature into other materials.

Pavlantos often uses an ancient form of sculpting called lost wax-casting where the piece is first rendered in wax and then turned into a mould through several steps. Lastly, molten metal like bronze or silver is poured inside which assumes the shape of the original wax, resulting in a truly one-of-a-kind object.

The tiny scale of Pavlantos’ artwork was born from necessity rather than intent.  She was born and raised in the expansive southwestern United States, a place that deeply influenced her affinity for nature and the outdoors and where she obtained an MFA in sculpture from the University of New Mexico. But it wasn’t until she moved to Oakland that she had to start thinking small: studio space was simply too expensive and immediately limited the scale of her creative output.

She soon began to design increasingly smaller art objects and a menagerie of ornamental insects and functional objects in the form of both reptiles and mammals cast from various metals.

“I consider my process to be a transmogrification of my inexplicable depth of feeling into concrete material forms,” Pavlantos shares. “I create jewelry to collaborate with the human body. These embellishments interact as an extension of the body, thus nature is not something we set out to find, but is something we are a part of.”

As her business began to grow several years ago, Pavlantos made the decision to build her website with Weebly, a powerful platform for online stores. She was one of the first customers to sign up for their ecommerce platform several years ago and has used it ever since.

Pavlantos says she was attracted to a service that offered quick and easy setup while providing numerous elegant design templates and powerful tools to grow her jewelry business online. With an intuitive ecommerce website builder and an integrated shopping cart, Weebly does the heavy lifting, allowing Pavlantos to spend time on the important things like creating new work and interacting with customers.

Pavlantos’ advice for people on the fence about starting a business? “Just start somewhere,” she says. “Sometimes we’re the only ones holding ourselves back.” Whether it be the decision to bring your business online for the first time with a service like Weebly or simply reserving a new domain name, the first step is often the most important one.

Visit Weebly to learn more about their website building and ecommerce services and launch your new business today.

This post was written in partnership with Weebly.

 

 



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.

 

 



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

 

 



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.

 

 



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

 

 



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.