The vortograph is an abstract form of photography that creates kaleidoscopic repetitions by photographing objects through a triangular arrangement of three mirrors. The process dates back to the work of Alvin Langdon Coburn who is credited for inventing the method in 1917. Photographer Simon Gardiner decided to give it a try and created this stunning, Inception-esque urban vortex. More like this, please. See also the music video for Eskmo’s We Got More. (via dark silence in suburbia)
Several amazing sculptures from Chihyun Shin’s recent exhibition at Gaain Gallery in Seoul. Shin’s objects are created from a delicate layer of interwoven patterns, the shark appears to be embedded with a tightly-knit school of fish, while the chicken, rabbit and person seem to be made of flowers and other plants. I was unable to reliably translate much more from the Korean sites I found these on, so head over to Art Hub and Dinonabi to see more.
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New works from South Korean photographer Seung Hoon Park as part of his ongoing series TEXTUS. Park uses a process to overlay or weave together film strips, however this appears to be a single print, so I’m unsure of how he’s making these. My assumption is that it’s not digital, but I could be wrong. Anybody venture a guess of how these are made? See more of his work at Sarah Lee Artworks (via ex-chamber)
São Paulo based architect and artist Lucas Simões has just uploaded a number of his signature fragmented geometric portraits cut from ten layers of photographs. I simply never get tired of seeing new work from him.
As part of the Edinburgh College of Art degree show this week, Gareth Wynne Fitzpatrick suspended himself from a gallery ceiling and set forth on weaving an enormous birds nest, entitled We’ve a man nest. Say what you will about the meaning or purpose, but the man has some patience. (thnx, nate!)
Sydney-based designer and paper artist Bianca Chang (previously) creates beautifully complex typographic sculptures by sequentially cutting shifting forms out of dozens if not hundreds of sheets of paper. Once stacked, the three dimensional letterforms are born. She recently recorded this great stop motion piece for Sydney’s A4 Paper Festival. I’m really excited to see her work progressing and can’t wait to see where it leads her. (via picked by six)
New work from artist/architect Lucas Simões out of São Paulo, Brazil who creates these bizarrely wonderful portraits using 10 layers of cut-out photographs.
Photos by Roger Albani.
Photo by Eric Nelsøn.
Work by Rob O’Brien.
And of course Ephemicropolis by Peter Root.
Over the past few weeks I’ve run into a number of artists making awesome things with staples and decided to group them into on big post. All of the images above link to their sources, and there’s much more where these came from.
For anyone visiting Colossal frequently you’ll notice a theme present in dozens of posts here is the idea of multiples, that is things built with thousands of other things, repetition, and process art, where the process of creating something is often more significant than what it produces. This type of work has always fascinated me and based on reactions I get from many of you it seems to universally strike a chord. Of the top 10 most popular posts on Colossal (as we approach the 1,000th post this week!) a full 8 of them deal with multiples in some way. As far as my own personal obsession I attribute it to my taste in music. At the age of five when most kids were probably listening to regular children’s music and nursery rhymes I was already accustomed to—and requesting—music like Isao Tomita, Philip Glass, and Brian Eno (this last link is the first music I ever recall hearing). Music rife with repetitive tones, harmonic chord progressions, and electronic noise, that if manifested physically might look something like these towering staple buildings. So I guess all of this is to say, thanks dad for listening to really weird music so I can justify posting about staples on my obscure art blog.