I have some pretty exciting news to kick off the week. About four months ago I received an email from an editor at Wired asking if I might be interested in writing for them occasionally. After mulling things over for a few seconds I decided I was extremely interested. I pitched my first few ideas and now in the December issue you can flip to page 80 and find a piece I wrote on figurative sculptor Evan Penny (previously). I can’t tell you how thrilled and honored I am to be contributing to one of my favorite magazines, and want to thank my editor, Sarah Fallon, for helping me learn the ropes. The article isn’t online just yet, but I’ll be sure to link it up soon.
In more news, I was recently interviewed by my good friend Philip Haritgan over on Hyperallergic. If you’re interested in how Colossal got started, about how I curate content, or if you’d like to see my son’s art blog debut, head on over. A huge thanks to Philip and the great folks at Hyperallergic for the opportunity!
Colossal now has a full-fledged Flickr pool where you can submit artwork, photography, design projects or anything else of interest. Creating the group is partially selfish in that I’m always on the prowl for new content and it’s an easy way for anyone to submit work and be sure that I’ll see it. Additionally, it’s also a great way for anyone who follows this site to see the ongoing work of many artists whose work has appeared here, so add it to your daily stops. I invited a small group yesterday and look what’s already started trickling in. So excited! Check it out.
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Hello folks. So I’m going on vacation for a bit to a place where there’s lots of trees, more than a few animals, no running water, and no internets. It’s a place that will not look like Neil Craven’s (nsfw) image above. Due to a spectacularly busy schedule and terrible planning I have no posts to run for the next few days, for which I deeply regret. Regular posting will resume next Tuesday, and until then here are some sites I’ve been getting tons of inspiration from lately.
I wanted to take a moment to thank designer Raphaël de Visser (his work above) for letting me use his splendid inverted tree header as part of Colossal’s masthead for the past three months. I generally try to change the graphic each month to feature a different aspect of Chicago, however after a ridiculous amount of positive feedback I couldn’t help but leave it up longer than usual. All good things must come to an end, but I’m thrilled to have a great photo of Marina City by Paul McGee on top of the site this month. Thank you both!
If you want to see past Colossal headers, check out the archive.
I’m excited to announce that Colossal has partnered with the 2012 Sketchbook Project, run by the fine folks at the NY-based Art House Co-op. The Sketchbook Project is a library of over 10,000 artists’ journals that travels to galleries around the world making stops in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. Participants sign up online to receive a sketchbook and are given several months to fill in the pages before sending it back to New York where it’s cataloged in the Brooklyn Art Library’s collection and scanned for online viewing.
Wanna play? We’re offering five readers the opportunity to participate for free. Just tweet @arthouse with an answer to the question: If your sketchbook was a band, what would its name be? and tag it with #SketchbookBand. Winners will be notified via Twitter, profiled online, and sent a Sketchbook Project entry package in the mail. Awesome!
Hey folks, sorry about the abrupt absence of Colossalness the past few days. Since we last spoke I traveled to an island off the coast of Alaska where there is an abundance of fishing, mountains, and sunlight (18 hours a day people!). And apparently there is also high speed internet, so yay. My regular posting schedule will be on and off the next two weeks, so to help fill in some gaps I’ve asked Orlando-based designer and printmaker Jason Dean (previously) of The Best Part to help fill in some gaps here and there while I’m away. Is his Moon Diamond print not amazing? Jason has an acute eye for awesome design, photography, and art and I was bummed to see his blog go silent a few months ago. Hopefully you’ll enjoy his finds!