Colossal http://www.thisiscolossal.com An art, design, and visual culture blog. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:24:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Clouds Cast Thousand-Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/09/alexander-gerst-cloud-shadows-iss/ http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/09/alexander-gerst-cloud-shadows-iss/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:57:06 +0000 http://www.thisiscolossal.com/?p=47571 Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

Clouds Cast Thousand Mile Shadows into Space When Viewed Aboard the International Space Station space shadows ISS Earth clouds

One of six astronauts currently on board the International Space Station, geophysicist Alexander Gerst spends much of his free time staring out the window as the world zooms by 205 miles below, camera in-hand. Since arriving at the ISS in June of this year Gerst has taken tons of photographs that document hurricanes, floods, dust storms, and oil fields.

One of his favorite things to shoot are the shadows cast by clouds, something that appears surprisingly dramatic from space. Dense cloud formations can create long shadows that stretch for thousands of miles across the Earth’s surface as they eventually disappear into a black horizon. You can see new photos from Gerst daily on Twitter. (via Stellar)

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Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/09/mineral-admiration-watercolor-paintings-of-crystals-by-karina-eibatova/ http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/09/mineral-admiration-watercolor-paintings-of-crystals-by-karina-eibatova/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:18:43 +0000 http://www.thisiscolossal.com/?p=47559 Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration: Watercolor Paintings of Crystals by Karina Eibatova watercolor rocks posters and prints illustration geology

Mineral Admiration is a new series of watercolor paintings by Vienna-based artist and illustrator Karina Eibatova. The juxtaposition of using a water-based medium to create images of stone is in line with Eibatova’s desire to only create images from nature, an exploration that has lead to dozens of publications in magazines, newspapers, and journals around the world. These new paintings are available as prints in her online shop.

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In Her ‘Self-Portraits with Men & Woman’ Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/09/dita-pepe-portraits-with-men-and-woman/ http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/09/dita-pepe-portraits-with-men-and-woman/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:18:11 +0000 http://www.thisiscolossal.com/?p=47532 In Her Self Portraits with Men & Woman Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others self portait portraits identity

In Her Self Portraits with Men & Woman Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others self portait portraits identity

In Her Self Portraits with Men & Woman Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others self portait portraits identity

In Her Self Portraits with Men & Woman Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others self portait portraits identity

In Her Self Portraits with Men & Woman Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others self portait portraits identity

In Her Self Portraits with Men & Woman Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others self portait portraits identity

In Her Self Portraits with Men & Woman Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others self portait portraits identity

In Her Self Portraits with Men & Woman Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others self portait portraits identity

In Her Self Portraits with Men & Woman Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others self portait portraits identity

In Her Self Portraits with Men & Woman Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others self portait portraits identity

In Her Self Portraits with Men & Woman Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others self portait portraits identity

When meeting somebody for the first time, or maybe just viewing a portrait, the brain goes into overdrive for a few seconds to quickly form a first impression. Whether we like it or not, rapid assumptions are made based on age, gender, race, culture, physical appearance, the surrounding environment, and especially other people present—all things that help form who we are, real or perceived. Since 1999, Czech photographer Dita Pepe has explored this idea of identity and environment in two photographic series titled Self-Portraits with Men and Self-Portraits with Women, where the photographer seeks to completely assimilate into the lives of other people.

In the beginning, Pepe first posed with people she knew, but now works with people from all walks of life with vastly different backgrounds and family structures, often incorporating her own daughters into the portraits. Each photograph is shot on location where a family or person lives, or engages in their hobbies or daily life. Pepe goes to great length to appear as if she belongs in each portrait, a chameleonlike quality that some compare to the works of Cindy Sherman; however, unlike Sherman’s studio portraits, Pepe’s images appear more like hasty snapshots, bringing a strange level of believability and authenticity to each portrait.

Pepe most recently collaborated with writer Bara Baronova on a new book of photography titled Love Yourself, and you can see more portraits with both women and men on Feature Shoot and at Lens Culture.

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An Aerial View of Anish Kapoor’s Reflective ‘Cloud Gate’ Sculpture http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/an-aerial-view-of-anish-kapoors-reflective-cloud-gate-sculpture/ http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/an-aerial-view-of-anish-kapoors-reflective-cloud-gate-sculpture/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:46:57 +0000 http://www.thisiscolossal.com/?p=47526 An Aerial View of Anish Kapoors Reflective Cloud Gate Sculpture mirrors Chicago aerial

Photographer Gray Malin was recently in Chicago where he shot a number of amazing aerial photos around the city including beaches, Navy Pier, and spots around Millenium Park. For some reason, even though it’s been on view for nearly 8 years now, I’ve never seen a photo of Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate taken from directly above like this. It looks almost exactly like a small lake filled with Chicago’s skyline. You can see more from Malin’s trip here. (via Art Effect)

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Photographer Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Smoke Plume Photos Looking for Unexpected Shapes http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/thomas-herbrich-smoke/ http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/thomas-herbrich-smoke/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:02:37 +0000 http://www.thisiscolossal.com/?p=47509 Photographer Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Smoke Plume Photos Looking for Unexpected Shapes smoke

Photographer Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Smoke Plume Photos Looking for Unexpected Shapes smoke

Photographer Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Smoke Plume Photos Looking for Unexpected Shapes smoke

Photographer Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Smoke Plume Photos Looking for Unexpected Shapes smoke

Photographer Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Smoke Plume Photos Looking for Unexpected Shapes smoke

Photographer Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Smoke Plume Photos Looking for Unexpected Shapes smoke

Photographer Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Smoke Plume Photos Looking for Unexpected Shapes smoke

Photographer Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Smoke Plume Photos Looking for Unexpected Shapes smoke

Over the last three months photographer Thomas Herbrich snapped some 100,000 individual photographs of smoke, looking for unexpected anamalies and fortuitous coincidences where familiar shapes emerged. It’s fascinating to see how the brain tries to create order out of chaos, just like looking up at the clouds, suddenly familiar patterns seem to stand out: faces, hands, or scrolls of paper. After carefully sifting through each image Herbrich selected 20 final shots for this series, aptly titled, Smoke. These are a few of our favorites, but you can see the rest here.

Update: Apparently the psychological phenomenon of seeing images or recognizing patterns in random images/data is called pareidolia. Thanks, Sam!

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Dreamlike Conceptual Self-Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/dreamlike-conceptual-self-portraits-fused-with-dance-by-kylli-sparre/ http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/dreamlike-conceptual-self-portraits-fused-with-dance-by-kylli-sparre/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:22:26 +0000 http://www.thisiscolossal.com/?p=47487 Dreamlike Conceptual Self Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre surreal self portait conceptual

Dreamlike Conceptual Self Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre surreal self portait conceptual

Dreamlike Conceptual Self Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre surreal self portait conceptual

Dreamlike Conceptual Self Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre surreal self portait conceptual

Dreamlike Conceptual Self Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre surreal self portait conceptual

Dreamlike Conceptual Self Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre surreal self portait conceptual

Dreamlike Conceptual Self Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre surreal self portait conceptual

Dreamlike Conceptual Self Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre surreal self portait conceptual

Fine art photographer Kylli Sparre (previously) has continued to create her dance-inspired photographs, almost all of which depict the artist herself in various dreamlike states and situations. Working with outdoor landscapes, and bodies of water or ice, Sparre fuses years of formal ballet training with these dramatic and performative photographs. The artist has a show in Amsterdam next month at Qlickeditions, and you can follow her work more on Facebook.

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Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/murals-composed-of-frenetic-linework-by-daleast/ http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/murals-composed-of-frenetic-linework-by-daleast/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:49:43 +0000 http://www.thisiscolossal.com/?p=47469 Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast street art murals birds
Photo by Spencer Elzey

Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast street art murals birds
Photo by Spencer Elzey

Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast street art murals birds
Photo by Spencer Elzey

Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast street art murals birds

Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast street art murals birds

Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast street art murals birds

Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast street art murals birds

Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast street art murals birds

Since we last covered work by DALeast, the artist has painted numerous pieces around the world, particularly a number of bird-themes murals in Poland, Spain, and now New York City where he just completed a towering painting of a bird clutching another bird on the side a Manhattan building. Born in China, the muralist/sculptor/painter is currently based out of Cape Town where his use of frenetic lines to compose animals, people, and other forms is almost instantly recognizable. You can follow his lastest adventures on Facebook. (via StreetArtNews)

Update: DALeast opens a solo exhibition at Jonathan Levine Gallery on September 6.

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New Cut Paper Sculptures and Illustrations by Elsa Mora http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/new-cut-paper-sculptures-and-illustrations-by-elsa-mora/ http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/new-cut-paper-sculptures-and-illustrations-by-elsa-mora/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:19:42 +0000 http://www.thisiscolossal.com/?p=47455 New Cut Paper Sculptures and Illustrations by Elsa Mora sculpture paper illustration

New Cut Paper Sculptures and Illustrations by Elsa Mora sculpture paper illustration

New Cut Paper Sculptures and Illustrations by Elsa Mora sculpture paper illustration

New Cut Paper Sculptures and Illustrations by Elsa Mora sculpture paper illustration

New Cut Paper Sculptures and Illustrations by Elsa Mora sculpture paper illustration

New Cut Paper Sculptures and Illustrations by Elsa Mora sculpture paper illustration

New Cut Paper Sculptures and Illustrations by Elsa Mora sculpture paper illustration

Artist Elsa Mora recently updated her portfolio with a number of beautiful paper sculptures created for both private clients and exhibition. All of Mora’s pieces are created with little more than acid-free paper and glue which is carefully cut, layered, and assembled to create 2D and 3D images. Several of the pieces are currently at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin for a show titled Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Contemporary Art that runs through August 31. You can see more on her website and over on Facebook. (via Brown Paper Bag)

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Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/paintings-by-michael-kerbow-warn-of-dire-consequences-for-current-actions/ http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/paintings-by-michael-kerbow-warn-of-dire-consequences-for-current-actions/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:48:23 +0000 http://www.thisiscolossal.com/?p=47409 Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Their Refinement of the Decline, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Their Refinement of the Decline, detail

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Diminishing Returns, oil on canvas, 48 × 60 inches

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Diminishing Returns, detail

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Witching Hour, acrylic on paper, 34 × 42.5 inches

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
A New Religion, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Hollow Pursuits, acrylic on canvas, 54 × 54 inches

Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions surreal painting environment
Fool’s Gold, oil on canvas, 60 × 48 inches

Michael Kerbow is an artist based in San Francisco who works in a variety of mediums including painting, assemblage, drawing and digital photography. Of particular note are his large oil and acrylic paintings that depict surreal and at times nightmarish visions of the future, where industry and human development has grown without regulation or care for the environment. Kerbow shares via email:

My work explores the way in which we engage with our surroundings and the possible consequences our actions have upon the world in which we live. Through my work I attempt to question the rationale of our choices, and try to reveal the dichotomy that may exist between what we desire and what we manifest. Recently my work has focused upon the mechanisms that power our society and examines how they may influence the construct for a possible future.

Kerbow will have work at an upcoming group show called “Real Surreal” at Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco.

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A Pair of Kissing Porcelain Vases by Johnson Tsang http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/a-pair-of-kissing-porcelain-vases-by-johnson-tsang/ http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/08/a-pair-of-kissing-porcelain-vases-by-johnson-tsang/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:30:44 +0000 http://www.thisiscolossal.com/?p=47419 A Pair of Kissing Porcelain Vases by Johnson Tsang porcelain ceramics

A Pair of Kissing Porcelain Vases by Johnson Tsang porcelain ceramics

A Pair of Kissing Porcelain Vases by Johnson Tsang porcelain ceramics

A Pair of Kissing Porcelain Vases by Johnson Tsang porcelain ceramics

A Pair of Kissing Porcelain Vases by Johnson Tsang porcelain ceramics

A Pair of Kissing Porcelain Vases by Johnson Tsang porcelain ceramics

A Pair of Kissing Porcelain Vases by Johnson Tsang porcelain ceramics

Ceramic artist Johnson Tsang (previously) created a pair of porcelain vases that when cut along the edges reveal the profiles of people. Smoosh two together and you have instant ceramic love. See more of Tsang’s process over on his blog, and if you liked this also check out the Profilograph by Pablo Garcia.

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