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Still Life Comes Alive

February 26, 2011

Christopher Jobson

An enormous typographic installation using thousands of paper components by Kyosuke Nishida and Brian Li. The work was exhibited in the FOFA Gallery hallway-vitrine for the Concordia University Design Department End of Year exhibition, during the Montréal Design Portes Ouvertes 2010. View the entire project here. (via type goodness)

 

 



Art

Tara Donovan

February 24, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Using thousands and thousands of standard sewing pins artist (and MacArthur Foundation genius) Tara Donovan creates geometric shapes on immense canvases that appear almost blurred and atmospheric. The patience and care it must take to create these works is mind boggling. Her hand touched each pin, one by one until the canvases were filled with gentle sweeping gradients of tiny metal circles. See the work for yourself at Pace Gallery in New York through March 19th. (via fastco)

 

 



Art

Alexander Farto creates etchings with explosives

February 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson

After nearly 8 months of testing London-based artist Alexander Farto aka Vhils (previously) unveils this absurdly incredible method for embedding explosives just beneath the surface of walls to reveal artwork. As far as art goes this is one of the most unique things I’ve encountered this year, and my hunch is you’ll see it everywhere in a couple of hours. Make sure you watch the video. (via agd mag and stick2target)

 

 



Art

Scott Fife

February 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Artist Scott Fife constructs the heads of pop culture icons, historical figures, and animals using archival cardboard, drywall screws, and glue.

I like the physical nature of building the sculpture–it seems very old-fashioned and traditional. The idea of the material itself–it’s friendly, flexible, there’s a glow from in it. I’m the full-service artist–doing it all at the moment. I like the aspect of the low-tech tools that I need to make something like this. In the beginning [it was] an Xacto knife, masking tape and glue–now it’s the screwgun. So that hasn’t changed much at all–the directness of it, that I could begin to shape this, I can make this very plastic without any special process. There is that sense of one person building this thing–it becomes a “feat”–the whole thing isn’t about that but within the world we live in right now, it makes it a kind of tribal ritual piece; the fact that it was done by the human hand. [That] takes people back to the place in their life where they remember pasting things together [and so] understanding the process.

 

 



Art

Jie Shen

February 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

For his graduate work at at Edinburgh University, Jie Shen spent two years researching and designing an adaptable performance space for Constitution Square in Warsaw.

Read the rest of my article on designboom.

Side note: I should probably make a brief announcement. After picking up several items from Colossal I was contacted by designboom to become a guest editor. I’m humbled and thrilled to be contributing to such a fantastic site and I’ll make sure a teaser is posted here on Colossal every time a designboom piece goes live. Exciting!

 

 



Art

Pixel Clouds by Daniel Arsham

February 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Delicate plastic sculpture work by artist Daniel Arsham. Though the web site labels the materials as “plastic” my hunch would be these are ping pong balls that have been dyed and somehow adhered into these incredible structures. (via ignant)

 

 



Art Design

Moneygami by Hasegawa Yosuke

February 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Right on the heels of last weeks moneygami post, this great work from artist Hasegawa Yosuke who folds assorted currency into little hat-wearing figures, and apparently if you have an iPhone, yeah, there’s an app for this complete with folding instructions. (via green chair press)