For my first guest post here at Colossal, I have to share the work of one of my favorite artists of all time, Conrad Botes. Growing up in South Africa under Apartheid, Conrad’s work tackles serious issues of race and the human condition with a twist of post-pop cartoon imagery. As one-half of the brain behind Bitterkomix (the other being Anton Kannemeyer), Botes also used the format of the comic as a critique on Afrikaner culture and policy, branching into criticism of South African society in general (resulting in being banned in his own country at one time). Taking printmaking beyond simple decoration and comics beyond simple entertainment, Botes is a true example of what an artist should be.
New work from Cleveland-based artist Amy Casey who paints delicate networks of roped and towering cityscapes. Casey currently has a show at Zg Gallery in Chicago through August 6. I definitely intend on stopping by. You can see much larger and detailed versions of these paintings here. (via new american paintings)
A few months ago I wrote about Candy Chang‘s Before I Die project in New Orleans that engaged passersby to complete the prompt “Before I die I want to…” on the side of abandoned buildings using provided chalk. As an extension of the project she’s created a limited edition set of painted chalkboards with a similar prompt. Via her web site:
Each Before I Die painting is 48″x12″ on birchwood ply and individually handmade with care. The wood is sanded, primed, and coated with a layer of black chalkboard paint, and the back is stained with a natural finish and handstamped and signed by yours truly. Also includes three brass plated D-Ring hangers attached to the back, a 4″ hardwood chalk holder, and a colorful stick of chalk.
Based on some of the comments I saw on Twitter and Facebook it seems a few were a bit upset by this morning’s post about Dtagno’s train graffiti device. To swing the vandalism/art pendulum back in the other direction check out D*Face’s Ridiculous Pool Paint Attack where a couple of skateboarders use remote controlled spraypaint cans mounted to the base of their decks to create an enormous spirograph in an empty swimming pool. (via neatorama)
When I first saw this collection of paintings by Korean artist Kim Hyo-Suk on the Yuaenssi Gallery blog, I was certain they must actually be digital illustrations. After reading a bit it’s clear they’re truly enormous acrylic paintings, each roughly 6×7 feet in scale. The series, entitled My Floating City, was painted in 2009-2010 and features human figures encumbered by (or perhaps morphing into) impossibly complex architectural figures and textures. I am by no means an expert in painting, or certainly art of any kind, I just find things that I believe are exceptional or interesting and delight in sharing them with you, however I have never encountered anything like these before and regret that after over an hour of searching I can find very little additional information about the artist other than a few additional pieces posted on Neolook. If anyone knows more about Kim Hyo-Suk I would love to hear it!