The variety of the work is striking, yet even through their unique methods and mediums, the selected artists exhibit a desire to question traditional modes of artistic consumption. Here, notions of aesthetics and the politics of looking are always under scrutiny. Many of the works offer reinterpretations of art historical canon, simultaneously venerating and veering away from their antiquated source material. One senses a reverence for historical precedent, as well as a drive to reinvent contemporary ideas of artistic practice. Also of significance are the themes of fantasy and transformation. Through metamorphosis of the human figure (and the spaces it inhabits), these artists challenge preconceived notions of artistic authority, and pave the way for a new understanding of the impact of contemporary art.
After months of too much work, planning, and sleepless nights I’m proud to announce the launch of the Colossal Shop, as well as the complete redesign of the Colossal Blog, and as if that weren’t enough, a shiny new identity created by design powerhouse Scott Reinhard.
First, the shop. For years I’ve been meeting artists, designers, and artisans I’ve encountered through articles on Colossal and while it’s been extraordinarily fun to gather their work here on the blog, it’s also been amazing to have their objects in my home. Through their encouragement and my own desire gather together some of my favorite designed objects, toys, and limited edition art pieces into an online store, the Colossal Shop was born. We’ll be adding many more things over the next few weeks so stay tuned.
Next, the new look. The old Colossal site was getting a little shabby as it was never designed to work on mobile devices and lacked a bit of polish. So I set about a redesign and while I was plugging away learned that Chicago designer Scott Reinhard had recently left a long stint at the MCA and was open for business. We chatted briefly and got to work. The new logo is big, refined, and very flexible, expect to see new interpretations of it all the time. Thanks Scott! The new blog itself is now equally flexible and can be viewed on almost any device. If you see any bugs or weirdness please let me know.
Now, back to work. I’m sorry posts have been almost glacial at times here on Colossal, things should pick up swiftly now. A huge thanks to Eric Hazen and developer Derek S. Moore for helping with some heavy content and development work the last few weeks.
Our friends at Beers.Lambert Contemporary in London have just announced an open call for their 4th Annual Open Exhibition, Contemporary Visions IV, an annual exhibition that seeks to identify current trends in contemporary art through the discovery and exhibition of artists working in all artistic disciplines. This is an excellent opportunity for artists of all backgrounds and mediums to exhibit in a vetted, curated group exhibition in the heart of London’s vibrant art community. One or more artist will be selected for a solo-exhibition.
The show will be juried by gallery director Kurt Beers, artist Andrew Salgado, the Chair of Collections at Contemporary Art Society, Cathy Wills, as well as yours truly. So I highly urge you to submit your work, the whole process takes place online and will be open through July 1. I’m extremely excited to be part of this process and look forward to seeing your art!
I had such an absurd amount of fun working with the Sketchbook Project to curate their first mobile sketchbook tour in 2012 that they asked if we might partner again for their hugely expanded 2014 tour that will stop at some 20+ cities in the U.S. and Canada. Colossal will be along for the ride as part of their Central Tour making stops in Brookyln, Chicago, Madison, and Minneapolis. If you’ve never participated or haven’t heard of the Sketchbook Project you can watch the video above to learn more about the world’s only mobile library of art sketchbooks from the Brooklyn Art Library based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY that’s now home to 27,000 sketchbooks from around the world. Last year I had the honor of viewing some 3-4,000 books and I didn’t even get a paper cut, though my brain hemorrhaged several hundred times while I discovered incredible sketches, paintings, collages, poems and even paper sculptures.
So let’s make the Central Tour the BEST TOUR, signup for your blank sketchbook and have your work travel around the midwest—it might even show up right here on Colossal.
Hey folks I need your help. We're running a short 2-minute reader survey with our advertising partner Nectar Ads to better understand our audience. The information gathered will help us understand the types of people visiting Colossal which will lead to better, more useful advertising that will continue to help fund this site and several other great art sites.
The survey is anonymous and we will not be collecting or sharing any personal information about individuals.
Quarterly is a online subscription service that’s a mix between a magazine and an online shop that lets you receive awesome things in the mail from various people and organizations. I’m excited to announce that I’m now a contributor and you can subscribe to me on Quarterly. Here’s an idea of what to expect:
As editor of Colossal I spend absurd amounts of time scouring the web for art, design, photography, and other visual goodness in an attempt to share things I think few people have ever seen—things that’ll make you smile, laugh, or simply go, “Holy what the what!” I’ll try to encapsulate those same feelings in my mailings for Quarterly. Expect limited-edition artworks, fun design-y objects for your workplace, toys, kinetic sculptures, and things made by hand.
The price is $50 per quarter and we’re already discussing some amazing ideas. Expect the first shipment to arrive in about three months. So sign up!
At long last Colossal is now on Tumblr. I’m still not 100% how I’ll use it but you can expect to see a short excerpt of every post that appears on the main blog as well as other bits of art, design, photography and who knows what else.