A New Collection of Works by Collin van der Sluijs Channels a Dreamlike Collision of Emotion

July 6, 2022

Grace Ebert

All images © Collin van der Sluijs, courtesy of Vertical Gallery, shared with permission

In one of his most ambitious bodies of work to date, artist Collin van der Sluijs (previously) references two forces being incidentally forced together. “These strange times have caused a collision between me as a person and my work,” he shares, “I want to be free and not a puppet on strings directed by anybody.”

This sentiment pervades the Dutch artist’s latest collection opening this week at both Vertical Gallery and Vertical Project Space in Chicago. Aptly titled Collision, the solo show is broad in medium and subject matter, containing 15 canvas paintings, 12 on panel, and more than 50 works on paper. Similar to his earlier pieces, this collection harnesses van der Sluijs’s signature dreamlike style, whether through depictions of nature’s most ethereal qualities or frenzied mishmashes of brushstrokes and smaller, more realistic elements. The works include emotionally chaotic portraits, serene renderings of singular birds, and dense landscapes in which life and death converge.

Collision runs from July 9 to 30. While in Chicago, van der Sluijs will also create a few murals, which you can follow on Instagram.




Photography Science

Brilliant Phenomena and Galactic Skies Light Up the 2022 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Shortlist

July 6, 2022

Grace Ebert

An Icelandic Saga by Carl Gallagher

Whether in the form of nebulae or starry galactic expanses, natural light continues to dominate Royal Museums Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition (previously). The 14th annual contest garnered more than 3,000 submissions from 67 countries, and a shortlist of finalists contains stunning shots of a September harvest moon illuminating Glastonbury Tor, the brilliant streaks trailing Comet Leonard, and the vibrant Aurora Borealis casting an ominous glow above a battered ship in Westfjords.

Winning photos will be announced on September 15 with an exhibition opening at the National Maritime Museum on September 17. Until then, peruse the full collection on the Royal Museum Greenwich site.


Oregon coast by Marcin Zając

Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) by Lionel Majzik

Equinox Moon and Glastonbury Tor by Hannah Rochford

Solar Wind Power by Esa Pekka Isomursu

Clouds of Hydrogen Gas by Simon Tang

Rosette Nebula Core Region (NGC2244) by Alpha Zhang

Badwater Milky Way by Abhijit Patil




Vintage Textiles and Boxing Gloves Redefine Strength and Vulnerability in Sculptures by Zoë Buckman

July 6, 2022

Kate Mothes

“According to Grandma” (2019), boxing gloves, vintage linen, chain, and ribbon. All images © Zoë Buckman, shared with permission courtesy of the artist, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, and MOTHER Gallery

Boxing gloves typically evoke associations with masculinity, competition, and aggression, but Zoë Buckman punches back with her series of mixed-media sculptures and embroidered textile pieces. Sometimes draped like bunches of dried flowers and other times balanced delicately on top of one another, they “question whether they are holding each other up or tearing each other down,” says a statement. Taking a feminist and activist approach to challenging preconceptions about gender, trauma, and safety, she became interested in the symbolic dualities of the gloves, both in the way they are made and used.

For the last few years, the glove sculptures have formed a focal point for a number of bodies of work that explore the relationship between strength and vulnerability. Buckman encases each form in fabrics like tablecloths, dish rags, or dresses, then suspends them in groups from ribbons affixed to metal chains. Installed at the height of a punching bag, they provoke tension between feelings of hostility and support, highlighting connections and contrasts between places where people exert intense energy and force, such as gyms, and places associated with calm and security, like home.


“the flowers that write me back” (2021), boxing gloves, vintage linen, and chain

Constructed of cotton batting or polyurethane foam and covered in leather, traditional boxing gloves are malleable, yet the finished form is a solid instrument for force and protection. By wrapping each piece in fabric associated with womenswear or domestic settings, the artist challenges the notion of gendered spaces, such as the home being feminine or the boxing ring masculine. Through her use of materials, she also dissects gendered associations of fabric and textile.

Buckman has strongly advocated for women’s rights to abortion and bodily autonomy. In her most recent series Bloodwork, vintage handkerchiefs, doilies, and upholstery remnants provide the canvas for embroidered statements conveying responses to experiences of domestic abuse, illness, and hardship. As a revolt against negativity or oppression, figures of women—many of whom she knows personally—are portrayed in scenes of celebration or repose. The text and figures sewn into the fabric also appear unfinished with dangling threads and raw, asymmetrical edges in an ongoing state of transformation and becoming.

Buckman is exhibiting in We Flew Over the Wild Winds of Wild Fires at MOTHER Gallery in Beacon, New York, until September 18. She will also be presenting a solo show at London’s Pippy Houldsworth Gallery opening on September 2. You can find more information on the artist’s website and on Instagram.


Left: “raining from the first” (2022), boxing gloves, vintage textiles, and chain. Right: “un-mesh the mistake that you left” (2021), boxing gloves, vintage textiles, and chain

“Running my gums” (2021), boxing gloves, vintage textiles, and chain

“maybe I won’t be so silent” (2021), embroidery on vintage textile

“for tonight” (2021), embroidery on vintage textile

“the dye is cast” (2022), embroidery on vintage textile




Coffee Grounds Live a Second Life as Reusable Mugs That Circumvent Single-Use Plastics

July 5, 2022

Grace Ebert

All images © Kreis Cup

Disposable coffee cups are undeniably damaging to the planet and its inhabitants, and even as some regions ban them entirely, we’ll continue to feel the effects of our consumption for generations. The estimated 250 billion vessels we collectively use each year often wind up in landfills and oceans contributing to pollution, although they aren’t the only harmful component of our morning habits: The grounds also produce gasses and damage soils when discarded in large quantities, two problems the designers behind the innovative Kreis Cup want to remedy.

Already fully funded on Kickstarter, the sustainability-focused project combines coffee grounds with plant materials, creating a hardy substance molded into a travel mug and latte cup. The practical, recycled designs are dishwasher safe, double-walled for insulation, and fully biodegradable. As an additional perk, they even retain that signature coffee smell.

The Kreis Cup—which translates to “circle cup” in reference to the process of being part of a circular economy—is currently in the production stage, but you can still pick up the designs on Indiegogo. (via Yanko Design)





July 2022 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

July 5, 2022


Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you’d like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at [email protected]. You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter.


Open Calls

The 13th Epson International Pano Awards
Open internationally, the 13th annual Epson International Pano Awards celebrates all facets of panoramic photography. The competition will award more than $40,000 in prizes, including $14,000 in cash. There is an entry fee of $22 per submission.
Deadline: Midnight (UTC-11) on July 11, 2022.

Building Shells: Building Community
The Fullerton is looking for proposals to revitalize a building shell, or structure without a roof or floor, in Newburgh, New York. Projects should consider the shell’s typology and preservation. One artist or collective will be awarded $10,000 to complete the work.
Deadline: 10:59 p.m. ET on July 11, 2022.

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize
Arts writers with fewer than six published reviews are eligible for The Burlington Contemporary’s annual prize. One winner will receive a £1,000 prize and future publication opportunities.
Deadline: July 15, 2022.

Loghaven Artist Residency
Located in Knoxville, the Loghaven residency offers space to work and a stipend. The application fee is $20, and artists must live more than 120 miles from the city.
Deadline: July 15, 2022.

Project Row Houses Southern Survey Biennial
Project Row House is looking for recent works created by southern artists. One artist will receive a $25,000 prize.
Deadline: July 15, 2022.

International Art Textile Biennale 2023
Open to international applicants, Fibre Arts Australia is seeking submissions reflecting contemporary textile practice as an art form in the International Art Textile Biennale with prizes totaling AU$15,000. There is an entry fee of AU$75 to submit up to two artworks.
Deadline: July 17, 2022.

Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Awarding $57,000 in cash and prizes, this annual international competition celebrates diversity and excellence in visual arts, supporting all static mediums. The top prize is $13,500, and there is a $40 entry fee.
Deadline: Midnight PST on July 17, 2022.

The Meitar Award for Excellence
The seventh annual Meitar Award for excellence will award one photographer a $14,000 grant for a solo exhibition part of the 2023 PHOTO IS:RAEL International Photography Festival. Twenty finalists will also participate in a group exhibition at this year’s festival this November in Tel Aviv. The entry fee is $54.
Deadline: July 18, 2022.

Airbnb’s $10,000,000 OMG! Fund
Adding to its collection of playful spaces—this six-ton potato being one—Airbnb is awarding $100,000 each to 100 designers interested in creating a unique location that will become part of its OMG! category. Final projects need to be completed by August 2023.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET on July 22.

Sunroom Project Space
Open to all mediums, an open call from the Sunroom Project Space is looking for New York-area emerging artists to develop a site-specific visual arts project at Wave Hill. Four artists will be selected for solo exhibitions and receive an honorarium of $2,000, exhibition support, and professional development.
Deadline: July 22, 2022.

Faena Prize for the Arts
Artists across genres, disciplines, and technologies are invited to imagine temporary and site-specific projects to be installed at Faena Beach during Miami Art Week 2022. The winning proposal will receive a $100,000 prize.
Deadline: August 1, 2022.

8th National Juried Exhibition at the Oxford Arts Alliance
Now in its 8th year, the National Juried Exhibition at the Oxford Arts Alliance is hosting an open call for an October 2022 show. There’s a $30 entry fee and a top prize of $500.
Deadline: August 19, 2022.

SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest
The annual SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest focuses on light and its vital role in nature, art, and technology. One winner will receive $2,500, with smaller cash prizes for runners-up.
Deadline: September 16, 2022.

The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Painters
U.S.-based painters are invited to apply for the third iteration of The Bennett Prize, which awards $50,000 to one artist with a runner-up receiving $10,000. The entry fee is $40.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. MST on October 7, 2022.



Media Arts Assistant Fund
This fund provides individual New York-based artists with support for the completion and/or public presentation of new works in all genres of sound and moving image art, including emergent technology. Artists will receive up to $7,500 to assist in completing new work.
Deadline: July 1, 2022.

Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists
This $10,000 grant recognizes an existing body of work by a Black trans woman. It will also provide additional support for continuing their work.
Deadline: July 15, 2022.

Circ Artist Grants
This program awards two artists unrestricted $550 grants each cycle to enhance their practice. The application fee is $25.
Deadline: July 20, 2022.

Prospect Art New Work Open Call
Prospect Art is looking for conceptual works in the initial stage for its grant program. Two $1,000 awards are given to artists or collectives each year to realize a project. There is a $10 application fee.
Deadline: July 20, 2022.

Southern Artists for Social Change
This National Performance Network program provides $25,000 project grants to artists and culture bearers of color living, working, and engaging in social change in urban, rural, and tribal communities of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Deadline: 5 p.m. CST on July 29, 2022.

Art and Change Grant
Open to women, trans*, and/or gender-nonconforming artists living in Philadelphia, the Art and Change Grant will award $2,500 to a project of any medium geared toward social change.
Deadline: August 1, 2022.

The Canadian Women Artists’ Award
Open to Canadian women artists ages 25-40 living in New York state, this grant program offers three unrestricted $5,000 awards, one in visual arts, one in media and design, and the other in literature.
Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on August 30, 2022.

$500,000 Creative Capital x Skoll Foundation Fund
Kickstarter, Creative Capital, and Skoll Foundation launched a $500,000 Creative Capital x Skoll Foundation Fund to support projects by Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx creators. Awards are given out on an ongoing basis to creators in categories like Arts, Comics & Illustration, Design & Tech, Film, Food & Craft, Games, Music, and Publishing.
Deadline: Rolling.

Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund
Adobe’s Creative Residency Community Fund commissions visual artists to create company projects on a rolling basis. Awardees will receive between $500 and $5,000.
Deadline: Rolling.


Residencies & Fellowships

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan’s Artist Residency
Open to emerging and mid-career artists working in all disciplines across the greater Los Angeles area, this residency awards two artists $5,000 a month over four months, plus an allowance of up to $1,500 for materials.
Deadline: July 13, 2022.

Puerto Rico Youth Fellowship
Activists between the ages of 21 and 35 are invited to apply for the Puerto Rico Youth Fellowship, with a proposal centered around decolonization and climate justice on the island. Recipients will receive $45,000.
Deadline: July 15, 2022.

2022 CatchLight Global Fellowship
CatchLight is awarding four $30,000 fellowships to artists, educators, organization leaders, and anyone engaged in using visual storytelling for social justice. It’s open to all mediums.
Deadline: 12 a.n. PST on July 18, 2022.

Image Equity Fellowship
Google’s new six-month program will award 20 fellows $20,000 in unrestricted funds, mentorship, and workshops to support them in creating an image-based project that uplifts communities of color. Applicants must be based in the U.S.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET on July 18, 2022.

MOPD Field Office Artist in Residence Program
A Chicago-based artist or collective will be chosen to develop cultural programs for and by persons with disabilities and seniors and help to change and inform spaces around the city. The budget is f $60,000, which includes a $15,000 stipend for the artist’s fee.
Deadline: 5 p.m. CDT on July 21, 2022.

2022 #BlackVisionaries Grant
Instagram, the Brooklyn Museum, and curator Antwaun Sargent are behind the 2022 #BlackVisionaries Grant, which will award $650,000 to emerging Black artists and designers between the ages of 18 and 35 and small organizations no more than 10 years old. Applicants must be based in the U.S.
Deadline: July 29, 2022.

Franconia Sculpture Park Residencies
Franconia provides a communal residency experience where up to 18 selected artists live on-site at their 4500 sq. ft. farmhouse. This year’s theme is “Public Art IS Public Health.” Applicants should express an interest in investigating and creating work exploring intersectional impacts between public art and public health.
Deadline: August 1, 2022.

The Anita Wetzel Residency Grant
Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, will host one artist age 45 or older for a 4-6 week residency. Anyone working in intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screen printing, darkroom photography, or ceramics is eligible, and the chosen artist will receive a $350 weekly stipend, up to $500 for materials, and up to $250 toward travel.
Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Fountainhead Residency Open Call
Visual artists are encouraged to apply for a month-long Fountainhead Residency, which provides roundtrip airfare, living and working accommodations, and a stipend.
Deadline: August 5, 2022.

BIPOC Residency at Corning Museum of Glass
The Corning Museum of Glass will award one or two artists residencies at its New York studio. Each lasts one month and takes place in March, April, May, October, and November.
Deadline: August 31, 2022.




Street Photographer Matt Stuart’s Incredibly Serendipitous Images Collected in a New Book

July 5, 2022

Grace Ebert

All images © Matt Stuart, courtesy of Laurence King, shared with permission

Armed with his Leica and an extraordinary amount of patience, Matt Stuart ventures through the streets of cities worldwide to capture the unexpected and coincidental moments of everyday life. His practice revolves around finding humor, play, and serendipity in the mundane, a skill he’s cultivated throughout his 25-year career and recounts in the recently released volume Think Like a Street Photographer.

Published by Laurence King, the book pairs 100 of Stuart’s images with detailed descriptions of his process. “My general outlook is, get up, get out and go and find things. I try to summon an excitement and amazement for life,” he writes. “Ultimately, you need to remember how lucky you are to be walking around with a strange black box looking at things, making a record of them, and bringing them home. It’s a privilege.”

Think Like a Street Photographer is available from Bookshop, and you can find select prints in Stuart’s shop. To explore a larger archive of his work, visit Instagram. (via LensCulture)