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Ceramic Dishes Drawn as Rippling Pools of Culture by Brendan Lee Satish Tang

March 17, 2019

Andrew LaSane

Untitled (Spode) 2012

For his “Swimmers” print series, artist Brendan Lee Satish Tang transformed traditional blue and white ceramic dishware patterns into a symbol for culture: the complex, learned, and shared pool that surrounds us all. Each intricately drawn work features two swimmers (parental figures and children, siblings, and peers) who are seemingly unaffected as they attempt to navigate the rippling waters together.

“Untitled (Ming 1)” 2012

Born in Ireland to Trinidadian parents, Tang received a formal art education in the United States and in Canada, where he is a naturalized citizen. He has lectured at conferences and academic institutions across North America, and his work has been exhibited and collected at museums and galleries across both nations. Currently based in Vancouver, Tang works primarily in clay to explore themes of tradition and culture with a particular interest in cultural appropriation and hybridity, which he says reflects his own “ambiguous cultural identity.”

The crosshatching and subdued blue tone give Tang’s drawings a sketch-like quality, while the morphing of the ceramic waves show a deeper level of planning and precision. A play on the idiom “a fish out of water,” Tang writes on his website that “we are the fish,” adding that humankind is “always finding our way through our greater culture.” Brendan Lee Satish Tang is represented by Gallery Jones in Vancouver and Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland. Check out his website to see where he will be showing next, and follow him on Instagram for closer looks at his latest work.

“Untitled (Delftse Pauw)” 2012

“Untitled (Ming 2)” 2012

“Untitled (Royal Delft)” 2012

 

 



Illustration

Fantasies and Fears Surround the Beds of Illustrated Characters by Virginia Mori

February 27, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

We love the illustrations of Italian artist Virginia Mori (previously) who adds a subtle hint of dark humor to her quirky illustrations of young women and men. Recently the artist has been drawing scenes that revolve around the unconscious thoughts that spring to life while in bed. Each illustration presents an improbable or unique vision of a bedroom—from a bed composed of live grass, to another balanced on the tips of four trees. The illustrations seem to peek into her subjects’ dreams, projecting their hidden hopes or fears onto their surroundings as they slumber. You can see more of her work on her website, and keep updated with future exhibitions on Instagram and Facebook.

 

 



Animation

A Relaxing Animation Bursts Into Color as it Morphs Through Abstract Line Drawings

February 26, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski


Watching the animation Idle, Torrent by Alex Moy is like watching the most relaxing screen saver ever produced, or perhaps an old school music visualizer that slowly morphs between trippy patterns and colors. Although it is akin to familiar technological systems, there really isn’t an easy way to describe the deeply harmonious flow that occurs during the two and a half minute short film. We suggest you just sit back, relax, and enjoy, especially in tandem with the soundtrack created by Brian “The Bee” Natalio. For more of Moy’s animations, including an interactive line drawing located on the home page, check out his website. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)

 

 



Art Illustration

Hybrid Graphite Drawings by Mateo Pizarro Merge Animals and Humans with Unexpected Obstacles

February 21, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

Colombian artist Mateo Pizarro (previously) is inspired by contradictions. His graphite drawings combine animals with elements of human creation, merging nature with technological advancements or conflicting scenes. A four-winged goose resembles an airplane propeller while an ostrich walks around with a lightbulb as a replacement for its small head and beak.  “Drawing these fantastical animals I have come to realize that the beasts that do exist are just as surreal [as those imagined]: a giraffe or an armadillo is just as improbable as any winged horse,” Pizarro tells Colossal.

His work is included in a group exhibition of works on paper titled Lenguajes en Papel which runs through March 7, 2019 at El Museo Gallery in Bogotá, and his solo exhibition An Anthology of Catastrophes at Heart Ego Contemporary Art in Monterrey runs through April, 2019. You can see more of Pizarro’s drawings on Instagram and Behance.

  

 

 



Animation Illustration

1,440 Portraits Emerge from a Single Ink Drawing in a New Animation by Jake Fried

February 9, 2019

Andrew LaSane

In an impressive feat of dedication and patience, artist Jake Fried (previously) spent seven months creating Brain Wave, a hand-drawn animation using only ink and white-out. Fried reworked the same black-and-white drawing 1,440 times, scanning each new iteration into Photoshop and sequencing the drawings to play at 24 frames per second. He then added an original music track that frantically connects the hundreds of drawings into one 60-second video.

Centered both literally and narratively around a single, ever-changing face, the short animation takes the viewer through a wide range of emotions, settings, and themes. Because every frame is a new work of art, the piece as a whole feels like snapshots from a dream that have been remembered, recreated, and reassembled.

Working without an outline or storyboard, Fried explained to Vimeo that each successive drawing dictated what would come next. “There is an inherent logic or rhythm that emerges as I make the work, I have developed an instinct or gut-feeling for when the next frame is ready to be scanned. I can get quite obsessive about the smallest shifts within a fraction of a second.”  The filmmakers’s work will be featured later this month at the Flat Earth Film Festival in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland from February 10-14, 2019 and in a group exhibition at Mills Gallery in Boston from February 23 through April 28, 2019. To see more of Fried’s work online, follow him on Instagram. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)

 

 

 



Art

Large-Scale Drawings of the United Kingdom’s 69 Cities by Carl Lavia

January 18, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

Edinburgh, all images provided by Carl Lavia and Lorna Le Bredonchel

Self-taught artist Carl Lavia, who goes by the nickname “Sketch,” has been drawing intricate cities and architecturally-minded illustrations since he was the age of five. Although his early works were imaginative renderings of fictionalized cities, his practice has grown into immensely detailed depictions of large cities from an aerial point of view. Lavia uses ink and archival paper to produce each drawing, which appear like maps from a distance, but have a loose, almost Impressionist style when viewed up close.

In 2016 Lavia paired with photographer Lorna Le Bredonchel to form the project “#69Cities,” which aims to create a portrait of the whole United Kingdom through large-scale drawings of its 69 cities. It takes approximately 2-4 months for Lavia to create each drawing in the expansive project, with Le Bredonchel documenting the entire process from his wall-sized sketches to their time exploring each city by foot.

So far the duo has traveled to Birmingham and Manchester, England as well as Edinburgh, Dundee, Stirling, and Perth, Scotland. The completed Perth drawing will be on display at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery at the end of his month, and be on view through January 2020. When completed, Lavia and Le Bredonchel hope to develop an app that will allow visitors to explore each drawing in an immersive 3D landscape. You can follow along with the pair’s upcoming travels and future drawings on their website, Instagram, and Twitter.

City of Birmingham, all images provided by Carl Lavia and Lorna Le Bredonchel

City of Birmingham, all images provided by Carl Lavia and Lorna Le Bredonchel

Detail of Perth

Detail of Perth

Close up of Manchester

Close up of Manchester

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

 

Completed drawing of Manchester

Completed drawing of Manchester

 

 

 



Art Illustration

Sketchbook Vol. 1 Provides an Intimate Look into the Minds of Fourteen Contemporary Artists

January 14, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

Sketchbook by David Morales Hernandez

Sketchbook by David Morales Hernandez

Dina Brodsky (previously) started keeping a sketchbook at the age of 18, when most of her content was a collection of scattered thoughts and scribbles. Today, the artist and curator has transformed this practice into wildly detailed pages that combine architectural watercolors with notes written in an organized script. As curator-in-residence at Sugarlift in Long Island City, New York, Brodsky has organized an investigation into other contemporary artists’ notebooks in an upcoming interactive exhibition titled Sketchbook Vol 1.

The show presents sketchbooks as art objects rather than artist’s preliminary plans, giving the audience a chance to thumb through the notes and images of artists such as David Morales Hernandez, Diana Corvelle, Nicolas V. Sanchez, Paul Heaston, and Brodsky’s own sketches. “I think an artist’s sketchbook is integral to their process—it’s where ideas are born, where their days and thoughts are documented,” Brodsky tells Colossal. “It’s a living, breathing record of their life, both as an artist and a human being. They also tend to be something private, that artists make purely for themselves, and rarely part with.”

Full-sized works from the artists will also be on display, so one can look at how sketches and notes provide context for a final piece, while also appreciating each sketchbook as a artwork on its own. “Together the books amount to more than the sum of their parts,” she continues, “they are rather an intimate look into the mind of an artist.” Sketchbook Vol 1. opens Saturday, January 19 at Sugarlift, and runs through February 8, 2019 by appointment. You can also peek inside Brodsky’s sketchbooks on Instagram. (via Colossal Submissions) 

Sketchbook by Paul Heaston

Sketchbook by Paul Heaston

Sketchbook by Nicolas V. Sanchez

Sketchbook by Dina Brodsky

Sketchbook by Dina Brodsky

Sketchbook by Paul Heaston

Sketchbook by Paul Heaston

Sketchbook by Evan Kitson

Sketchbook by Diana Corvelle

Sketchbook by Diana Corvelle