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An Ethereal Rainbow of Thread Fills a Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art

November 18, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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All images provided by the Toledo Museum of Art, photographs by Andrew Weber

Mexican-born mixed media and installation artist Gabriel Dawe (previously here, here, and here) produces rainbow installations that appear as refracted light beams, ethereal works composed of thousands of multicolor threads. His most recent installation, Plexus no. 35, graces the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery, its brightly colored composition contrasting the surrounding rich shades found in the paintings of old masters.

The site-specific work was designed especially for the museum and will be on display through January 22, 2017. You can see previous installations a part of Dawe’s Plexus series on his website and Instagram.

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Art

Artist Liz West Captures a Rainbow Inside the Bristol Biennial

September 6, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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Liz West is no stranger to multi-colored environments, previously covering the floor of an historic UK church with dazzling reflective orbs. Her latest project, Our Colour, is located at this year’s Bristol Biennial and gives the audience the feeling of being dropped into the center of a rainbow by flooding a long hallway with a series of gel-filtered lights. The work changes from a deep violet to an ecstatic red, allowing one to traverse through an immersive collection of colors.

The installation was designed with a human’s psychological and emotional response to color in mind, as West consulted experts in human perception during the development of the work. While observing the audience’s reaction to the piece she has learned that often after traveling through the spectrum of colors they return to the color they find most comfortable—pausing a moment to absorb their favorite shade.

If slowly scrolling through this post isn’t enough to get the sensation that you are traveling through West’s rainbow-filled work, see the piece for yourself through September 10, 2016. (via Designboom)

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Photography

A Double Rainbow Over Chicago

July 14, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Chicago had a bout of heavy rain storms yesterday evening and when things started to clear the sky began to glow bright yellow. For a few fleeting moments a pair of rainbows emerged, captured here by Mike Eisenberg who seemed to be at the perfect vantage point.

 

 



Art Craft

Guerrilla Crocheting Adds a Splash of Color to the Streets of Stockholm

July 5, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Stockholm-based street artist Julia Riordan became obsessed with knitting and crochet at the age of 10 and eventually launched her own line of knitware in 2012. Soon after she started forays into yarn bombing around London and now continues in Sweden, where she recently installed this fun piece titled Splash. More on Instagram. (via StreetArtNews)

 

 



Art

Spiraling Rainbow Vortexes Created From Layered Paper by Jen Stark

June 6, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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Full Circle (detail), 2014, latex spray paint on PVC, monofilament, 36 x 36 x 76 in., all images via Jen Stark

Jen Stark's work appears like psychedelic wormholes, pulsating and multi-colored portals that might throw you into another dimension entirely. Working outward from an equally prismatic core, the pieces radiate entire spectrums of color from layered paper, PVC, or foam board. These contrasting colors and repetition give the works a feeling of movement and cyclical regeneration and feel almost as if one is staring into a deep and hypnotizing cavern.

Stark’s work concentrates on this hypnotic feel, both in its aesthetic and time-intensive process of layering hundreds of material components. Once composed, the works give the illusion of the infinite, as if their colors never truly end. “The idea of infinity is so hard to grasp, and I love this challenge,” Stark told Colossal. “I think small bits of infinity are the building blocks of nature, like in the never ending patterns of fractals and particles… I think geometry, nature, and mathematics have everything in common!”

We most recently encountered Stark’s work last month during our weekend at FORM Arcosanti with WeTransfer where she was taking a short hiatus from layered paper works to produce customized face paintings in her same colorful style. You can see more of her works and travels on her Instagram, and make sure to look out for an upcoming solo exhibition with Eric Firestone Gallery later this year.

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Vortextural, 2013, installation of hand-cut acid-free paper, foam board, glue, 42 x 35 x 30 in.

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Box 1, 2014, acid-free paper, foamboard, glue, MDF, paint, 10 x 10 x 10.25 in.

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Cosmic Shift, 2015, hand-cut acid-free colored paper, foam board, glue, acrylic paint, wood, varnish, 37 x 24 x 25 in.

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Cosmic Shift (detail), 2015, hand-cut acid-free colored paper, foam board, glue, acrylic paint, wood, varnish, 37 x 24 x 25 in.

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Pedestal (detail), 2013, acid-free paper, foam core, MDF, paint, glue, 22 x 22 x 36 in

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Vortex (detail), 2014, acid-free colored paper, glue, wood, paint, 32 x 34 x 4 in.

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The Whole (detail), 2012, installation of hand-cut acid-free paper, foam board, glue, drywall, 3 x 3 x 3.5 ft

 

 



Amazing Photography

A Photographer Captures An Airplane with Rainbow Contrails Above Japan

May 13, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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A digital artist and photographer who goes by the name Kagaya recently spotted this unusual sight of a commercial airliner appearing to blast a contrail of rainbows out of its engines. Spotted above Oshino-Mura, Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan, the rare phenomenon is most likely a form of cloud iridescence caused by the perfect convergence of water vapor and sunlight. Kagaya explains that he was nowhere near the event and had to use a long telephoto lens to zoom in on the plane. If you need a few more rainbows today, here’s some more examples of cloud iridescence. (via Neatorama)

 

 



Food

A Creative Barista Devises Method for Pouring Rainbow Foam Lattes

April 21, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Over the last few days Las Vegas-based barista Mason Salisbury has been surprising some of his customers by pouring a regular looking latte or cappuccino that suddenly ends with a flourish of foamy color. The technicolor beverages resemble the patterns from tie dye t-shirts and are fully edible, though exactly what happens to your insides afterward is still TBD. You can watch Salisbury pour a few of the drinks in videos below and see more on Instagram. (via My Modern Met)

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