Brooklyn-based graphic designer Victoria Siemer (previously) explores the idea of fractured landscapes through photo manipulations and collages. Siemer makes use of reflected geometric shapes suspended over gloomy natural landscapes shrouded in fog and clouds resulting in portal-like mirrors. She says much of her work is guided by the idea of emotional fragmentation and “fragmentation of the self,” a topic she explored in-depth while studying design at SUNY Buffalo. You can keep up with her work on Instagram and some of her pieces are available as prints.
Artist Joe Mangrum (previously) was just in Zuidlaren, Netherlands, where he was commissioned by the Doe Museum to create 8 temporary sand paintings over a period of 11 days. All of Mangrum’s paintings are spontaneous and evolve as he works, a grueling physical process that involves dozens of revolutions around the artwork as he adds new details and flourishes by pouring brightly colored sand. All eight artworks were photographed as he worked and turned into time-lapse videos, three of which are included here. The sand paintings will remain on view through October 30, 2015. You can follow more of Mangrum’s work on Facebook.
Doris Diether is a former journalist and longtime activist in New York who is often seen strolling through Washington Square Park chatting with just about everyone. Ricky Syers is a musician and marionetteer who encountered Diether the first week he arrived in the park with his marionettes several years ago and was struck by her outgoing nature. He immediately created a puppet in her image and the two have since become staples of the neighborhood who frequently appear in photographs and interviews together.
Filmmaker David Friedman made this great documentary short for AARP detailing the roots of their friendship and how they first met.
Vainius Kubilius handcrafts lamps that don’t only light a space, but transform the feel of an entire room, casting elongated patterns on the walls, ceiling, and floor. Each lamp is created from coconut, suede, and cork, unusual materials that give each twisted creation an almost snake-like appearance.
The coconut forms the head of each lamp, drilled with thousands of holes to allow the light to spill out in a variety of intricately formed patterns. Kubilius explains that he must blow the dust from each hole he drills, enabling the viewer to get a sense of how many breaths he took in order to produce each handcrafted lamp.
Want to improve your landscape sketches? Learn the secrets to bringing beautiful landscapes to life by breaking them down into manageable shapes, adding texture and detail, building value and more. Join artist Shari Blaukopf, in the online Craftsy class, Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink & Watercolor, for 57% off today — a special offer for Colossal readers — and build confidence sketching outdoor scenes using fundamental pen, ink and watercolor techniques.
In these online-video lessons, you’ll learn how to choose your supplies, select the focus of your sketch and orient your composition. Then, find out how to paint the sky using wet-on-wet paint application, mark-making techniques and tips for creating perspective. Next, simplify your surroundings with manageable shapes, before adding textures and details that will make your scenes jump off the page.
Egg thief #3 (acrylic, resin, found bowl, quail eggs, sticks and branches, 12″ diameter)
Ottawa artist and carpenter Drew Mosley paints forest-dwelling characters encased in wooden bowls filled with layers of resin. Each scene is further embellished with found bits of flora and fauna: twigs, leaves, eggs, and more, creating artworks that walk a fine line between storybook illustration and sculptural dioramas. Mosley has an extensive studio practice and also pursues a wide range of building and woodworking projects around Ottawa Valley. His paintings have been exhibited throughout Canada and Greece and he currently has a show at the Ottawa Art Gallery through July 27, 2015. You can follow him on Instagram and Flickr. (via Colossal Submissions)
Austrian artist Erwin Wurm has become famous in part for his humorous sculptural treatments of iconic vehicles that are stretched, inflated, and twisted into seemingly impossible shapes. One such sculpture of a bent red Mercedes-Benz food truck installed on a street in Karlsruhe, Germany, just met the fate of an overzealous officer who slapped the car with a parking ticket without knowledge of the vehicle’s artistic merit. I hope this was a joke, I can only imagine Wurm’s fine for driving this through the city. (via Metro, Sham Jaff, Stellar)