In one one of the more bizarre photobombs ever, NASA released a photograph of what appears to be a frog that may have attempted, and subsequently failed, to hitch a ride aboard a Moon-bound rocket. The shot was captured on September 7th during the launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), and NASA’s photo team confirms the image is genuine, but stated “the condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.” (via PetaPixel)
One night while walking the streets of Porvoo, Finland with a camera in hand, photographer Mikko Lagerstedt (previously) captured the silhouette of a large cat off in the distance lit feintly from behind by a street lamp. Struck by the image, he conceived of a new series called Night Animals, where all kinds of wildlife would prowl the streets of this small Finnish town at night. As much as I want to tell you he raided the local zoo to liberate an ostrich, the images are all composites of two photos, an animal and backdrop, both shot by Lagerstedt. If you liked this also check out Shauna Richardson’s Crochetdermy.
Directed and produced by Susie Sie in conjunction with CypherAudio, this short clip titled Cymatics shows what happens when when lycopodium powder (a highly flammable substance composed of clubmoss spores) sits on top of a vibrating stereo speaker. Shot at various angles with a 100mm macro lens it’s easy to mistake the footage for something digital, something the artist has explored previously with other materials in her videos Silk and Emergence. Recommend full-screen for this one.
Italian artist Marcello Barenghi draws incredibly realistic everyday objects that appear almost three dimensional with the help of colored pencils and occasional enhancements using markers or watercolor. Each work appears ever so slightly stylized which I think sets these apart from similar hyperrealistic drawings that are meant to ‘trick’ a viewer. If you want to see more, Barenghi runs a YouTube channel where he documents the process of almost every drawing. (via 2headedsnake)
Over the last few months numerous artists who have appeared on Colossal have created or been included in some pretty fantastic books that I thought I would bring your attention to. So in no particular order…
Before I Die, the book
New Orleans artist Candy Chang (previously here, here and here) has seen her famous ‘Before I Die’ project spread to 300 walls in over 50 countries and in 20 languages. Her new book by the same name shares a lot about how the project came about and most importantly includes photos of anonymous comments filled with hope, fear, humor, and heartbreak.
Art Made From Books
Published just a few weeks ago Art Made from Books includes work from no less than 27 artists (over a dozen have appeared here on Colossal) who make sculptures, collages, installations, and other artworks with the pages of books.
Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations
Outside the Lines is a brand new book edited by Souris Hong-Porretta that includes some 119 artists (including Keith Haring, AIKO, Shepard Fairey, Exene Cervenka, Keita Takahashi, Jen Corace, and Ryan McGinness) who have contributed black and white drawings designed to help kick-start creativity and inspire new ideas.
Origin of the Beginning
Hot off the presses, Origin of the Beginning is the first publication from Dutch artist Levi van Veluw (previously) that serves as an overview of his photographs, drawings, installations, sculptures and videos spanning 2006 to 2013. The book itself is a sort of artwork with an embedded wooden square that perforates every page of the book.
Big Appetites, Tiny People in a World of Big Food
The miniature people in these photos are dwarfed not only by food, but also by the giant imagination of photographer Christopher Boffoli. His latest book, Big Appetites, contains dozens of new photos that tell the story of tiny people who struggle to survive inside these bizare, edible worlds.
Full non-disclosure: Colossal is published from Illinois, a state in which Amazon cannot run an affiliate program, thus all of the links above are non-affiliate links and I really am just recommending these books because they are awesome. That is all.
It’s rare to find anything good for free these days, especially feature-length documentaries and independent films. A new online service called SnagFilms is trying to change that by offering great movies just a click away without asking for a credit card.
They already have numerous, award-winning art documentaries such as Herb & Dorothy about two of the most unassuming yet prolific collectors of contemporary art in history; Waste Land, the 2010 documentary about artist Vik Muniz who makes vast artworks from trash; and Bill Cunningham New York, that follows the Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist who has been documenting fashion in New York for decades.
All you have to do is sign up and start watching, and here are a few Colossal favorites to get your started.