Tag Archives: multiples

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbee’s Life of Sculpting with Nails

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

While in college, artist John Bisbee was scavaging in an abandoned house looking for items to incorporate into a series of found-object sculptures when he kicked over a bucket of old rusty nails. To his astonishment, the nails had fused together into a bucket-shaped hunk of metal. He had an epiphany. Bisbee has since spent nearly 30 years using nails as his sole medium to create geometric sculptures, organic installations, and unwieldy objects from thousands of nails that are hammered, bent, welded, or fastened together in a seemingly limitless procession of forms. His mantra: “Only nails, always different.” He shares with American Craft, “A nail, like a line, can and will do almost anything. What can’t you draw with a line? The nail is just my line.”

Bisbee is currently an artist in residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and had an exhibition at Shelburne Museum earlier this year. He was recently profiled in American Craft’s Material Crush issue featuring 30 artists working in unusual mediums, almost half of which have been featured right here on Colossal. Definitely worth a look. (via American Craft)

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers

Ai Weiwei, Blossom (2014). All photos by Jan Sturman

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers

The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei currently has an exhibition on Alcatraz, the notorious island used as a military fortress and federal penitentiary. Amongst a large body of work created specifically for Alcatraz is “Blossom,” which has been installed in several hospital ward cells and medical offices. And as its name suggests, intricately detailed encrustations of ceramic flowers are blossoming out of sinks, toilets and tubs that were once used by hospitalized prisoners.

The curator offers two possibilities in interpreting Ai’s porcelain blossoms: a symbolic offering of comfort to the imprisoned or perhaps an ironic nod to China’s famous Hundred Flowers Campaign of 1956. But to understand the piece we think this quote by Ai himself is all you really need: “The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.”

Ai Weiwei’s exhibition on Alcatraz will be open through April 26, 2015. (via My Amp Goes to 11)

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

Forms of Nature Created from Thousands of Ceramic Shards by Zemer Peled

Forms of Nature Created from Thousands of Ceramic Shards by Zemer Peled sculpture multiples ceramics
Pair by the sea. Porcelain shards, fired clay.

Forms of Nature Created from Thousands of Ceramic Shards by Zemer Peled sculpture multiples ceramics
Pair by the sea. Porcelain shards, fired clay.

Forms of Nature Created from Thousands of Ceramic Shards by Zemer Peled sculpture multiples ceramics
Pair by the sea. Porcelain shards, fired clay.

Forms of Nature Created from Thousands of Ceramic Shards by Zemer Peled sculpture multiples ceramics
Blue & White porcelain shards flower. No.1, 2014. Porcelain shards, fired clay.

Forms of Nature Created from Thousands of Ceramic Shards by Zemer Peled sculpture multiples ceramics
Blue & White porcelain shards flower. No.1, 2014. Porcelain shards, fired clay.

Forms of Nature Created from Thousands of Ceramic Shards by Zemer Peled sculpture multiples ceramics
Blue & White porcelain shards flower. No.2, 2014.
Porcelain shards, fired clay.

Forms of Nature Created from Thousands of Ceramic Shards by Zemer Peled sculpture multiples ceramics
Blue & White porcelain shards flower. No.3, 2014. Porcelain shards, fired clay.

Forms of Nature Created from Thousands of Ceramic Shards by Zemer Peled sculpture multiples ceramics

Forms of Nature Created from Thousands of Ceramic Shards by Zemer Peled sculpture multiples ceramics

Israeli artist Zemer Peled explores both the beauty and brutality of nature with sculptures constructed from ceramic shards. The pieces billow and bloom like flowers or sea creatures, taking color from Peled’s use of blue cobalt found in designs and landscapes used in traditional Japanese pottery. The artist uses a slab roller to build sheets of clay which are fired and then smashed to pieces with a hammer, providing a contrast between smooth and soft materials that go into each piece.

Peled was recently shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize which opens today Sphinx Fine Art in London, and she’s currently a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. You can see much more of her work in her portfolio.

See related posts on Colossal about , , .

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by ‘We Make Carpets’

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Skewer Carpet

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Skewer Carpet, detail

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Crayon Carpet (2013) was built from 16,000 colored crayons

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Fork Carpet (2010)

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

detail of Fork Carpet (2010)

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Firework Carpet (2014)

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Pasta Carpet

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Disposable Carpet

It’s not hard to imagine what Dutch design trio We Make Carpets, makes. True to their name, Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg create carpets, but not they kind you’re thinking of. Mixing traditional pattern making with a critical view of consumer society, the group creates unusual carpets using everything from crayons and fireworks to cocktail umbrellas, plastic forks and dried pasta. From a distance we simply see a decorative carpet. But upon closer inspection the meticulously assorted collection of dense materials reveal themselves.

We Make Carpets is currently celebrating 5 years and 50 different carpets with an exhibition at mu in Eindhoven. “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS” is going on through October 26, 2014. You can see much more of these big and small temporary carpets on the artist’s website.

See related posts on Colossal about , , .

Aerial Adria: An Italian Beach Resort Photographed from Above by Bernhard Lang

Aerial Adria: An Italian Beach Resort Photographed from Above by Bernhard Lang multiples Italy beach aerial

Aerial Adria: An Italian Beach Resort Photographed from Above by Bernhard Lang multiples Italy beach aerial

Aerial Adria: An Italian Beach Resort Photographed from Above by Bernhard Lang multiples Italy beach aerial

Aerial Adria: An Italian Beach Resort Photographed from Above by Bernhard Lang multiples Italy beach aerial

Aerial Adria: An Italian Beach Resort Photographed from Above by Bernhard Lang multiples Italy beach aerial

Aerial Adria: An Italian Beach Resort Photographed from Above by Bernhard Lang multiples Italy beach aerial

Aerial Adria: An Italian Beach Resort Photographed from Above by Bernhard Lang multiples Italy beach aerial

Aerial Adria: An Italian Beach Resort Photographed from Above by Bernhard Lang multiples Italy beach aerial

Aerial Adria: An Italian Beach Resort Photographed from Above by Bernhard Lang multiples Italy beach aerial

Several years ago, Munich-based photographer Bernhard Lang vacationed at a seaside resort in Adria, Italy and was struck by the perfectly uniform arrangements of colored umbrellas used by each hotel. Last month he returned, this time by air, and shot for several hours on the coastline between Ravenna and Rimini. Lang is well known for his aerial photography of locations around Germany including coal mines, residential life, and industrial sites. You can see more over on Behance, and all of his work is available as fine art prints. All photos courtesy the photographer. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

See related posts on Colossal about , , , .

Color Coded Food and Flowers Photographed by Emily Blincoe

Color Coded Food and Flowers Photographed by Emily Blincoe multiples flowers color

Color Coded Food and Flowers Photographed by Emily Blincoe multiples flowers color

Color Coded Food and Flowers Photographed by Emily Blincoe multiples flowers color

Color Coded Food and Flowers Photographed by Emily Blincoe multiples flowers color

Color Coded Food and Flowers Photographed by Emily Blincoe multiples flowers color

Color Coded Food and Flowers Photographed by Emily Blincoe multiples flowers color

Color Coded Food and Flowers Photographed by Emily Blincoe multiples flowers color

Color Coded Food and Flowers Photographed by Emily Blincoe multiples flowers color

Photographer Emily Blincoe (previously) continues to make us smile with her arrays of food and plants perfectly organized by color. Blincoe collects every color permutation of tomatoes, oranges, eggs, and even candy and then sorts them into groups and gradients for each image. Her wildly popular photos have attracted a huge following on Instagram and Tumblr, and many are available as prints.

See related posts on Colossal about , , .

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood
Historic Royal Palaces

To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper conceived of a staggering installation of ceramic poppies planted in the famous dry moat around the Tower of London. Titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the final work will consist of 888,246 red ceramic flowers—each representing a British or Colonial military fatality—that flow through grounds around the tower.

Volunteers began placing the poppies several weeks ago and the process will continue through the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11th. You can read more about the project over on the Historic Royal Palaces website, and see the volunteers’ progress by following the #TowerPoppies hashtag on Twitter.

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood
Historic Royal Palaces

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood
Historic Royal Palaces

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood
Historic Royal Palaces

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood
Massimo Usai

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood
Massimo Usai

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood
Massimo Usai

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood
Historic Royal Palaces

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood
Historic Royal Palaces / Massimo Usai

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Surround the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood
Historic Royal Palaces

See related posts on Colossal about , , , , , , .

Page 1 of 201234...»