Art Craft Photography

Colorfully Embroidered Vintage Photos of Artists and Cultural Icons by Victoria Villasana

October 27, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Working with appropriated vintage photographs of artists, musicians, and politicians, Mexican textile artist Victoria Villasana applies a colorfully whimsical layer of embroidery atop each image. Criss-crosses of color and bright highlights around the eyes seem to lend a sense of empowerment to the works which often depict feminist icons from singer Nina Simone to artist Frida Kahlo. Villasana also takes her works into the streets and creates hybrid yarn bomb paste-ups from small stickers to entire murals. You can see more of her recent work on Instagram.

 

 



Art

Surreal Architectural Collages That Float Above Serene Landscapes by Matthias Jung

October 26, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Artist and designer Matthias Jung (previously here and here) collages unique elements of architecture to create imaginary homes set in isolated landscapes. The works float above environments on the outskirts of civilization, appearing like a mirage above rolling plains or an arctic glacier.

The details Jung chooses for his compositions are selected based on the feelings they elicit. For example, the German designer might select latticed windows to convey a sense of coziness in a work, while including concrete to provoke a certain coldness. When combined, the homes serve as short poems, collaged emotions packaged into surreal structures.

Jung began the series of houses in early January 2015. You can view more of his past architectural collages by visiting his website gallery here.

 

 



Art Dance

Dancers Demonstrate the Perpetual ‘Mechanics of History’ in a Performance by Yoann Bourgeois

October 26, 2017

Laura Staugaitis

Visitors to the Panthéon in Paris earlier this month have been encountering an unusual sight. For about ten days in October, multi-disciplinary movement artist Yoann Bourgeois installed a rotating circular stairway with a discrete trampoline at its center, and a small cast of anonymously clothed dancers trudged up the steps, each one falling in succession onto the trampoline and seamlessly rebounding back on to the stairs.

The installation was strategically placed over the Panthéon’s Foucault Pendulum, which was devised by French physicist Léon Foucault and offers an easy-to-understand demonstration of Earth’s rotation. Commonly replicated at science museums around the world, the Panthéon’s pendulum has been the most well-known since its inception in 1851. According to co-producers Théâtre de la Ville, Bourgeois’s work is a meditation on Earth’s gravity.

Entitled ‘La mécanique de l’Histoire’ (The Mechanics of History), the performance is a part of the Monuments En Movement series at the Panthéon. Video by Tony Whitfield.

 

 



Photography

The Coincidence Project: Carefully Timed Photos by Denis Cherim Make You Look Twice

October 25, 2017

Christopher Jobson

As part of his ongoing series titled the Coincidence Project, photographer Denis Cherim (previously) seems to find the miraculous amongst the mundane in his exquisitely timed and positioned photos that align the world in strangely satisfying ways. Playing with perspective, scale, and certainly a bit of luck, Cherim places himself at the precise vantage point where moments of synchronicity seem to appear out of nowhere. Most recently the photographer traveled through London, Madrid, Valencia, and Plovdiv, and is now taking part in a 3-month residency in Taiwan at the Pier-2 Art Center. You can follow his work on Instagram.

 

 



Design

Fluorescent Cacti and Leaf Sculptures by Nobel Truong

October 25, 2017

Christopher Jobson

LA-based industrial designer Nobel Truong has created an extensive line of acrylic plant objects including translucent cacti, lamps, leaves, and other accessories. From her artist statement:

Inspired by Bauhaus architecture and the Memphis Group, the Truong’s collection aims to cast a postmodern take on everyday household objects while incorporating the structural forms of modern architecture. Every piece is designed, engineered, and produced in California.

You can see much more on Instagram and her online shop. (via Design Milk)

 

 



Art

Colossal x Cinta Vidal Print Release: Urban Evening

October 24, 2017

Laura Staugaitis

We are honored to have worked with artist Cinta Vidal on an exclusive release of the print edition of her 2017 painting, Urban Evening, available now in The Colossal Shop.

In her latest series of paintings, Catalan artist Cinta Vidal (previously here and here) takes on the vast and complicated topic of industry: its omnipresence, its normalization of detritus, its strange beauty, and the contradictions in how it both helps and hurts us. Vidal, who is based in Barcelona, recently had a solo show of her new work with Thinkspace Gallery at the Moniker Art Fair in London.

Colossal selected Urban Evening from Vidal’s Industry series, and we worked with the expert printing team at iolabs in Rhode Island as well as with the artist to ensure the quality and integrity of the print edition. Vidal traditionally paints on wood panels, the texture of which has been captured here in exacting detail. And each print replicates the full 55cm-square size of the original painting, with an additional white border for framing.

You can purchase Urban Evening here and view the full series of paintings below.

Urban Evening, print detail

Urban Evening, print detail

Container

Industry Rock

Cardboard Cats

Urban Night

Sleeping Room

Industry Rock

Outskirts

Abandoned Industry

Urban Stuff

Industry Sunset

 

 



Craft

Nano Origami: Infinitesimal Folded Paper Creations by Anja Markiewicz

October 24, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Leipzig-based paper artist Anja Markiewicz uses little more than tip of a toothpick (she doesn’t even use a magnifying glass) to make the tiny creases in her miniature origami creations including animals, insects, and geometric designs. Collected here a number of pieces from the last few years, and you can find more in this gallery and in her online shop.

 

 

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Brick Man