Open Call: The Elmhurst Art Museum Resurrects ‘Par Excellence,’ an Artist-Designed Mini Golf Course from 1988
In a unique collision of recreation and art, the Elmhurst Art Museum will commission an 18-hole artist-designed golf course in homage to the wildly popular 1988 exhibition Par Excellence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The fully playable course will be conceived and fabricated by a new group of contemporary artists, designers, and architects selected through an open call process. Designed to fill the entirety of the museum’s interior galleries, the course will be comprised of a surprisingly varied collection of themes and forms, promising an unusual twist on a familiar pastime.
The extraordinarily popular exhibition was the brainchild of sculptor Michael O’Brien and opened to lines down the block. The show sold out daily and found its way to the pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, CNN, and the Chicago Tribune among others. The course went on tour to downstate Illinois before returning to Chicago as a rebranded commercial miniature golf course called ArtGolf at 1800 N. Clybourn in Lincoln Park (currently the site of Goose Island Brewery).
Artist-designed golf courses are now a popular addition to many Midwest museums such as the Walker Art Center, The Sheldon, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, but Par Excellence is widely believed to be the first.
Par Excellence Redux is curated by Colossal’s founder & editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson. To learn more about the open call process and submit your ideas for a hole, head on over to the Elmhurst Art Museum for more info.
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A heartfelt thanks to the 60+ contributing artists and hundreds of attendees all helped make Mother & Child Vol. II a huge success. The benefit gallery show, which we co-produced with Sugarlift, has raised over $15,000 and counting. 100% of proceeds will be split between three non-profits who provide direct aid and legal support to separated children and families at the U.S./Mexico Border.
We are proud to help further the causes of Kids in Need of Defense, The Young Center, and The Florence Project, and couldn’t have done it without the generosity of the following artists: Aaron Li-Hill, Adam Lupton, Ali Cavanaugh, Alonsa Guevara, Amanda Scuglia, Amber Lia Kloppel, Anna Park, Annie Wildey, Antonia Barolini, Chiaozza, Chris Herrera, Collin van der Sluijs, Danica Lundy, David de la Mano, Dina Brodsky, Elicia Edijanto, Ericka Jeffries, Erik Hougen, Faith47, Grace Lang, Guno Park, Helen Robinson, Hillary McCarthy, Icy and Sot, Jacob Brooks, Jaime Molina, James Razko, Jen Gennari, Jess X. Snow, Jonny Sun, Joshua Henderson, Klone, Kristin Texeira, Lauren Matsumoto, London Kaye, Lujan Perez, Lydia Fu, Marcelo Daldoce, Mark Powell, Marshall Jones, Maude White, Melanie Vote, Michael Meadors, Michelle Doll, Nicolas V Sanchez, Pat Perry, Patty Horing, Pepe Salgado, Pixel Pancho, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Rubin415, Seth Globepainter, Shamona Stokes, Shana Levenson, Sonni, Swoon Studio, Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio, Tiffany Bozic, Valerie Lueth, and Vicky Barranguet.
Missed the opening but interested in shopping incredible art? All available works are framed, priced between $100 and $1,000, and ready to ship worldwide at motherandchild.shop. Help us reach our goal of $20,000!
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Preview Artworks Available at Mother & Child Vol. II Fundraiser to Aid Families Separated at the U.S./Mexico Border
It’s been a year since the trauma of separated families at the U.S.-Mexico border shocked people around the world. Tragically, this humanitarian crisis continues, as documented by journalists and photographers, as well the detained children themselves. Please join us in New York City on July 15, 2019 from 6-9pm for Mother & Child Vol. II, a fundraising gallery show. Colossal is partnering with Sugarlift and a slate of talented and generous artists from around the globe to support three vetted non-profits: Kids in Need of Defense, The Young Center, and The Florence Project provide direct aid and legal support to affected families.
Original artworks, prints, and photographs have been donated by over fifty artists including Valerie Lueth, Luján Pérez, Pat Perry, Maude White, Elicia Edijanto, Lauren Matsumoto, Michael Meadors and more. If you can’t make it to Manhattan, artworks are also available for purchase in the Mother & Child web shop, starting on July 15. RSVP for free here so we can send you a quick one-time reminder: bitly.com/motherandchild2019.
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Colossal & Sugarlift Present ‘Mother & Child Vol. II’ Exhibition Fundraiser in NYC Featuring 50+ Artists
Colossal is thrilled to announce a joint fundraiser exhibition in New York with Sugarlift this July. Mother & Child Vol. II will raise funds for three non-profits helping with direct assistance and legal defense for families and children caught in the humanitarian crisis at the US/Mexico border. All proceeds from the sale of artworks donated by this outstanding group of contributing artists will be split between Kids in Need of Defense, The Young Center, and The Florence Project.
The show will feature original artworks, prints, and drawings by Faith 47, Collin van der Sluijs, Icy & Sot, Seth Globepainter, Ali Cavanaugh, Pixel Pancho, Guno Park, Kristin Texeira, London Kaye, Shana Levenson, Tiffany Bozic, Axel Void, David de la Mano, Jess X. Snow, Klone, Anna Park, Dina Brodsky, Nicolas V Sanchez, Mark Powell, and dozens more.
Please come join us on Monday, July 15th from 6-9pm (one night only) for drinks, light food, and a phenomenal collection of art at the 198 Allen Street pop-up space. If you can’t make it to New York, works will eventually be made available online, stay tuned. Mother & Child Vol. II is co-curated and produced by Sugarlift and Colossal.
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We love the spring season to remind us to express our appreciation for the lovely people who helped us plant roots and grow—whether that’s a biological or adoptive mom, a female mentor, sister, or grandma. What better way to show gratitude than a gift from our hand-picked guide for Mother’s Day? You’ll find temporary tattoos and puzzles, new Calhoun & Co. blankets, and festive socks to celebrate the most important meal of the day (mother knows best), we’ve got just the thing for your #1 mom. And yes, we offer gift wrapping!
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As 2018 draws to a close we decided to take a look back at the most popular artworks, photographs, and yes, hydraulic press pieces we’ve published over the last 12 months. Although 2018 was the year Banksy shredded a painting in front of a live audience, hundreds of other incredible feats of films, art, and design have also caught our attention, including Julie Gautier’s beautiful choreographed video inside the world’s deepest pool, the concentric earth-based mandalas of James Brunt, or our continued admiration of Reuben Wu’s drone-assisted landscape photography. Take a look below to see top posts from this past year, from our tenth most viewed piece, to the design object that takes the spot at number one.
This year we discovered our obsession with hydraulic press videos, specifically clips from Finnish factory owners Lauri and Anni’s Hydraulic Press Channel. The pair sets their press to exert over 2,175 pounds of pressure per square inch—smashing crayons, cheese, soap, and other semi-malleable objects into unrecognizable and often colorful tubes that spring out from the every direction.
Using glass cylinders and a variety of vessels, photographer Suzanne Saroff fractures the perspective of foods like eggplants, fish, and ripe bananas. The unique viewpoints shorten or elongate the provided edibles, creating distorted scenes that produce a creative glimpse at common fruits and meats.
Street photographer Jonathan Higbee walks the street of New York City prepped to capture unique and coincidental moments. Often graphic elements from vans, murals, and signage will be the key features that interact with everyday passersby, like the wide-mouthed shark and what appears to be a frightened pigeon in the snapshot above.
Although we covered LEGO projects or products five times in 2018, our most popular piece that looked at the stackable bricks was a campaign developed by Asawin Tejasakulsin, a senior art director at Ogilvy & Mather in Bangkok, Thailand. The designer imaged playful scenarios in which LEGO bricks interact with the real world, such as a whale bursting from the side of a bookshelf, or a fire-breathing dragon heating a pot of soup.
Our sixth most popular post came just days after the New Year when photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh captured Jamie Briard surfing on partially frozen waves just off the shore of Nantucket. Although the rare phenomenon of slurry-like waves might only be seen once in someone’s lifetime, Nimerfroh has been able to shoot the effect twice over the last few years.
British land artist James Brunt arranges and balances rocks, leaves, sticks, and other natural materials he finds within the landscape near his home in Yorkshire, England. After arranging each object into mandala-like spirals and concentric circles, Brunt photographs his creation and allows nature to again take hold of the materials.
Moments after Sotheby’s sold a previously unseen version of Banksy’s Girl With Balloon for over 1.3 million dollars, the canvas begin to shred itself into strips as it fell through its ornate frame. After the surprising incident, which had been orchestrated by the infamously secretive artist, he took to Instagram for a follow-up statement to the event saying the piece was “Going, going, gone…”
We are longtime fans of photographer Reuben Wu, who uses the aide of drones as aerial light sources to create incredible images of natural and manmade landscapes across the globe, including the brilliant blue rivers of molten sulfur in Indonesian volcanoes, and the thousands of glistening mirrors that compose Nevada’s SolarReserve. For his ongoing series Lux Noctis, Wu used light from his GPS-enabled drones to create a halo effect around cliffs and crests which are only perceptible in the resulting photograph.
This year Julie Gautier released AMA, a short film which is directed and performed by the deep sea diver and filmmaker. Gautier dives, twists, and dances within the world’s deepest pool, presenting captivating choreography nearly 130 feet underwater.
And finally, our most popular post from 2018 was a paper product created by the Japanese company Triad, whose main line of business is producing architectural models. Omoshiroi Blocks are stacks of laser-cut paper that when removed, reveal fantastic sites such as Kyoto’s Kiyomizudera Temple, Tokyo’s Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Tower.
Our editors want to extend a thank you for reading all of the pieces we have explored, obsessed over, and covered in 2018. We look forward to the spectacular artworks, science discoveries, short films, and other intriguing visuals that will be created and discovered in 2019!
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Editor's Picks: Photography
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