“Roommates” by Photographer Magnus Holmes

Portland, Oregon-based photographer Magnus Holmes explores the relationships between college students sharing common spaces in his series, “Roommates.” Initially sparked by an interest in the platonic bonds formed by random housing assignments, over time the project expanded to include those who live together by choice. Viewing his subjects through a sociological lens, Holmes explores the infinitely varied dynamics of shared housing. “Roommates hopes to comprehend the forces that drive people to live together,” he explains. “Personally, I wanted to understand why certain pairs of roommates worked altruistically. Was it due…

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Lush Florals Sprout from Corsets and Dresses in Enchanting Paintings by Artist Amy Laskin

 Art #fashion #flowers #oil painting #painting #plants February 2, 2021 Grace Ebert “Blouse an skirt!,” oil on linen, 40 x 50 inches. All images © Amy Laskin, shared with permission Through ethereal oil paintings, artist Amy Laskin juxtaposes decorative fashions and organic beauty. Thick bunches of hydrangeas, lilies, and wispy ferns spring from elaborate, beaded dresses and corsets, which swell into fully formed garments and shroud the works with an unearthly and enchanting aura. Each piece is figurative but non-representational, a decision Laskin shares stems from the idea that…

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February 2021 Opportunities: Grants, Fellowships, and Open Calls for Artists

 Opportunities #opporunities February 2, 2021 Colossal “The Interrupted Sleep” (1750) by François Boucher Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you’d like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at [email protected]. You can also join our monthly Opportunities for Artists newsletter.   Grants & Fellowships Creative Capital Award Applications Now OpenArtists selected for a Creative Capital Award may receive up to $50,000 in funding for new projects, as well as a wide range of…

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A Dramatic Bouquet of Paper Flowers Interprets an Ornate Pattern in Three-Dimensions

 Craft #flowers #paper February 2, 2021 Grace Ebert All images by Paul Zak, © Makerie Studio, shared with permission In “Artemis,” artists Julie Wilkinson and Joyanne Horscroft translate the moody, floral pattern of House of Hackney’s wallpaper into a stunning, three-dimensional bouquet. The sculptural work is a tribute to the designer’s classic motif, which has the same name, and took weeks for the duo to render digitally before crafting with jewel-toned and embellished paper. “We just had to pay very close attention to what we saw as the original…

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Demented Toys by Obvious Plant Confront Harsh Realities and the Mundanity of Life

 Art Design #games #humor #pop culture #satire #toys February 2, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Obvious Plant Unless you want a distraught child, double-check the packaging of your next purchase in case you accidentally snag a one-off toy by Jeff Wysaski, aka Obvious Plant. For years, he’s been littering supermarket and drugstore shelves with his action figures and small games that cleverly comment on capitalism and the harsh realities we all experience, from a birthday for one—it “includes one party blower because that is all you will need”—to…

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