Cat Vs. Mantis

Just a phenomenal capture by Michigan photographer Brooke Pennington. I love how brave the little mantis looks in the face of the pending kitty smack down. There’s a lesson to be learned here, surely. See it larger.

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New Thread & Nail Portraits by Pamela Campagna

Pamela Campagna of L-able (previously) just sent me some fantastic new portraits using her painstaking method of drawing with carefully placed nails and wrapped thread. I love this series just as much as the last. (thanks, pamela!)

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New Cut Paper Correspondence by Annie Vought

Oakland-based artist Annie Vought (previously here and here) has completed several new structural paper works created by carefully cutting handwritten text out of large sheets of paper. Of her work Vought says:

The handwriting and the lines support the structure of the cut paper, keeping it strong and sculptural, despite its apparent fragility. In these paper cutouts, I focus on the text, structure, and emotion of the letter in an elaborate investigation into the properties of writing and expression. Penmanship, word choice, and spelling all contribute to possible narratives about who that person is and what they are like. my recreating the letters is an extended concentration on peoples’ inner lives and the ways they express their thoughts through writing.

You can learn much more about these new works over on designboom and in her recent interview over on In the Make. Vought currently has work at a recently extended group show titled In Other Words at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco.

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Masks and Heads Made from Moveable Type and Steel Hardware by Dale Dunning




Palimpsest. Aluminum. 27 x 18 x 9 inches



Redacted 1/1. Aluminum. 27 x 18 x 9 inches.



Soritical Maze 1/1. Steel. 28 x 17 x 11 inches.




Constellation 1/1. Steel. 26 x 28 x 18 inches.

Just last week Colossal featured the work of Hong Seong Jang who used the long aluminum sticks of moveable type to create miniature cities. Now we have the figurative sculptures of artist Dale Dunning who welds together lead type and other hardware to create intricate masks and heads. Of his work Dunning says:

The head that has been featured in my work for the last 13 years is a generic, simplified form not specific to gender, devoid of detail, resembling an egg. The head is universally recognized, easy to identify with. We live in our heads, see, feel, and experience the world in our head. It serves as the foundation upon which I can develop various paths to explore.

Though I’m struck by the the final shape of his figures, I find myself almost more intrigued by the processes Dunning must utilize to create them. I’m told that the last piece above, Constellation 1/1, is made from 900 welded bolts and washers and I can’t even imagine how one would embark on such a time-consuming process. You can see much more of his work here. All images courtesy Oeno Gallery. (via my amp goes to 11)

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Neon Text Installations by Lee Jung

Photographer Lee Jung lives and works in Seoul, South Korea where she created and photographed this gorgeous series of text-based light installations. Jung had work on display at the Hong Kong International Art Fair with One and J. Gallery which closed yesterday. (via booooooom)

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New Skull Made of Typewriter Parts by Jeremy Mayer

Artist Jeremy Mayer (previously) recently completed a new sculpture titled Skull I made from vintage typewriter parts. As with all of his assemblages the skull was created without use of welding or adhesives, instead the parts are bent, screwed, and bolted into place using only components extracted from typewriters.

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The Land Art of Sylvain Meyer

New to me, these wonderful land art installations by Swiss artist Sylvain Meyer who modifies wooded areas and landscapes to create various impermanent patterns, sculptures, and textures. Everything seen here was constructed without the use of Photoshop, even the mossy spider. Whoa! See much more over on Flickr. I’ve also finally crated a land art tag for Colossal. (via ruines humaines)

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