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Pixelated Animals by Shawn Smith

December 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson


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Shawn Smith (previously) has a number of new pixelated animal sculptures on display at Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Smith works primarily with balsa and bass wood that he meticulously cuts, dyes, and assembles to create these beautiful animals. Smith via the gallery:

For the past few years, I have been creating a series of “Re-things.” These whimsical sculptures represent pixelated animals and objects of nature. I am specifically interested in subjects that I have never seen in real life. I find images of my subjects online and then create three-dimensional sculptural representations of these two-dimensional images. I build my “Re-things” pixel by pixel to understand how each pixel plays a crucial role in the identity of an object. Through the process of pixelation, color is distilled, some bits of information are lost, and the form is abstracted. Making the intangible tangible, I view my building process as an experiment in alchemy, using man-made composite and recycled materials to represent natural forms.

Smith’s work is on display through December 29th. All images courtesy Craighead Green Gallery.

 

 



Art

Figurative Sculptures by Manuel Martí Moreno

December 19, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Sculptor Manuel Martí Moreno lives and works in Valencia, Spain and forms these wonderful figurative pieces out of iron nuts. Via email Moreno says that he is most interested in showing the passage of time, the transience of life, and our collective awareness of our own mortality, seemingly evidenced by the spectre of decay at the edges of his works. You can see more images including installation shots on his blog, and also here. If you liked this, also check out the sculptures of Park Chan-Girl. Thanks Manuel for sharing your work with Colossal!

 

 



Art Photography

Pencil Collections

December 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I love these little pencil rectangles from Amsterdam-based Flickr user bisybackson. See more of her collections here.

 

 



Photography

Swarms

December 14, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Thomas Jackson (previously) has been working on a new series of images based on the idea of swarms, shooting large hovering masses of objects in locations around New York. He says the idea is still a work in progress and that some of these photos should just be considered “sketches,” but I think they’re really fantastic already. See them a bit larger on his site.

 

 



Art

Rubber Heart

December 14, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Love this heart made of rubberbands by Francis Baker. Don’t miss the molotov version.

 

 



Art

Jonathan Schipper's Robotic Sculpture Simulates a Glass Bottle Hurled at a Wall

December 12, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Measuring Angst is a robotic sculptural installation by artist Jonathan Schipper that simulates the mundane act of throwing a glass bottle across a room into a brick wall. The event happens in slow motion, taking nearly 12 minutes to complete as the bottle rotates slowly through the gallery space and then gradually explodes into smaller fragments before rewinding and starting again. Schipper also famously (and somewhat infamously if you’re a car aficionado) crashed two muscle cars over a period of six days in his pieces entitled The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle.