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Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith

April 28, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Artist Samantha Keely Smith paints abstract oceanic landscapes that are at once menacing and serene, a clash of light and color that she refers to as “internal landscapes.” Using oil paint, enamel, and shellac, Smith uses an additive and subtractive process by partially destroying her progress several times before completion. This cyclical process, much like the timeless crash of ocean tides against the shore, adds an additional level of texture to her work. She shares in a 2013 interview with NeverLazy Magazine:

My images are not at all real places or even inspired by real places. They are emotional and psychological places. Internal landscapes, if you will. The tidal pull and power of the ocean makes sense to me in terms of expressing these things, and I think that is why some of the work has a feel of water about it. My work speaks of things that are timeless, and I think that for most of us the ocean represents something timeless.

Currently based in New York, Smith generally doesn’t work with galleries but instead interacts directly with collectors. You can see more recent work on Tumblr and Facebook. (via My Modern Met, Incomplete)

Update: Smith now offers limited edition prints through her website.

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Photography

New Underwater Ink Plumes Photographed by Alberto Seveso

April 1, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Photographer Alberto Seveso (previously) just released a new series of ink plumes photographed underwater against a black background titled Blackground. The Italian photographer and illustrator now lives and works in Bristol, UK where he does commercial work for digital brands, magazines, and album covers. Seveso was also kind enough to let us use an image from Blackground as part of small Colossal design refresh for the next few months.

 

 



Science

Water Droplets Flow Uphill through a Superheated Maze Thanks to the Leidenfrost Effect

March 16, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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The folks over at Science Friday made this fascinating video about the Leidenfrost Effect, where water dropped on an extremely hot surface is capable of floating instead of immediately evaporating. While studying the bizarre effect, physicists at the University of Bath realized that not only does the water float, but under the right conditions and temperatures it can actually climb upward. The playful experiments lead to the creation of an incredible superheated maze. (via The Awesomer)

 

 



Art Design

A Hand-Cranked Automaton That Mimics the Effect of a Raindrop Hitting Water

March 3, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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This little wood automaton is meant to mimic the effect of a water drop hitting a body of water, all using concentric rings cut from wood that are manipulated by a hand crank. The piece was created by UK-based designer Dean O’Callaghan, inspired by the work of Reuben Margolin (most likely his round wave sculpture).

 

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Art Music

A Submerged Turntable Installation by Evan Holm Emits Music From the Below the Surface

February 11, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Apparently, with the right electronics, you can submerge a record player and still hear what’s scratching just below the surface. Artist Evan Holm demonstrates the device as part of a larger installation at SFMOMA aptly titled Submerged Turntable. Holm shares in a statement about the work:

There will be a time when all tracings of human culture will dissolve back into the soil under the slow crush of the unfolding universe. The pool, black and depthless, represents loss, represents mystery, and represents the collective subconscious of the human race. By placing these records underneath the dark and obscure surface of the pool, I am enacting a small moment of remorse towards this loss. In the end, however, this is an optimistic sculpture, for just after that moment of submergence; tone, melody, and ultimately song is pulled back out of the pool, past the veil of the subconscious, out from under the crush of time, and back into a living and breathing realm.

There’s also a short documentary about how the piece came together.

 

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Photography

High Speed Photographs of Ink Mixing with Oil by Alberto Seveso

September 16, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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One of the masters of high speed liquid photography, Alberto Seveso (previously), is back with a new series of photos titled Dropping. The Italian photographer achieved these particular shots by dropping mixtures of colored ink into a container of oil and then flipping the final images upside down. See several more from the series here. (via Twisted Sifter)

 

 

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