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A Hilarious/Disturbing Video of People Being Blasted in the Face with Wind

June 14, 2012

Christopher Jobson

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Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern’s hilarious/disturbing photography project Blow Job was one of the most popular posts on Colossal for quite some time. If the photographs of individuals being blasted in the face with high-powered wind wasn’t enough for you, he’s followed up with this companion video which is every bit as awesome as the photos. Filmed by Spotas. (via vimeo)

 

 



Art

Wine Stain Portraits by Amelia Fais Harnas

June 13, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I first covered the work of Amelia Fais Harnas last year when she had just begun experimenting with a series of portraits involving wine stains and embroidery. Harnas has spent the last few months perfecting the technique and now has some two dozen works on display. Via her website:

A portrait artist at heart, I am particularly intrigued by the challenge of trying to control the unpredictable nature of wine bleeding through fabric in order to channel the equally imprecise nature of a person’s character. In addition, the sacred aspect of wine lends itself to religious iconography, reminding many of the Shroud of Turin: one who drinks wine may come to feel a certain level of saintliness sipping on this liquid form of divinity. So, this is a form of consecration.

I’m also fascinated by the aspect of control in how she forces the wine to create line and tones, it would be great to see a video of the process.

 

 



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Remarkable Portraits Made with a Single Sewing Thread Wrapped through Nails by Kumi Yamashita

June 12, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Constellation is an ongoing series of portraits by New York artist Kumi Yamashita known most prominently for her innovative light and shadow sculptures. Each image is constructed from a single unbroken black thread wound through a dense array of galvanized nails mounted on a painted white board, meaning that the darker areas within the portrait are formed solely from the density of the string. Colossal is no stranger to artworks created with thread and nails, but these are certainly some of the most impressive and intricate works I’ve ever seen made using this method.

 

 



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Explosive Mixed Media Paintings by Danny O'Conner

June 6, 2012

Christopher Jobson

These vibrant paintings by artist Danny O’Conner are created using acrylic, spray paint, emulsion and correction fluid resulting in explosive portraits that seem to shatter and pulse off the canvas. He currently has a number of original works available in his shop. (via cosas cool)

 

 



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Colorful Portraits, Hands, and Figures Painted by David Agenjo

May 30, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I just stumbled onto these beautiful acrylic paintings by David Agenjo who is a self-taught artist born in Madrid but living and working in London. He has a number of prints and several original works available over on Saatchi Online.

 

 



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Thread & Nail Portraits by Pamela Campagna

May 22, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Pamela Campagna (previously) just sent over some fantastic new portraits using her painstaking method of drawing with carefully placed nails and wrapped thread.