Xiao Wang – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of recent work by Brooklyn-based Chinese painter Xiao Wang (previously featured here). Combining dramatic, moody color palettes with a realist approach, Wang’s figurative paintings draw visual and conceptual inspiration from Romanticism, the Symbolist Movement, and Magical Realism. Through examining visual arts that reflect rapid social and cultural historical change, he explores the contemporary psyche, particularly around topics such as politics, Chinese/Asian identity, and environmental crises. Wang holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and an MFA in Painting from San Francisco…

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Suzanne Schireson – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Rhode Island-based artist Suzanne Schireson imagines solitary studio spaces for caretaking women in her most recent series of paintings. As a mother herself, solitude has been hard to come by these days for Schireson. In response, she invents spaces for nocturnal women, working against distraction in the marginal hours of the day. Exploring new combinations of colors and textures, Schireson’s subjects are illuminated in the glow of twilight. “I intend these spaces to be more psychological than physical,” she explains. “They are not about escape; they are about a deep…

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October 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

 Opportunities Image © Tatsuya Tanka 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 Newsletter. Open Calls Climate Woke from The Center for Cultural PowerThe Center for Cultural Power is looking for proposals for video projects at the intersection of the climate crisis and social justice. Five artists will receive $1,500 to realize their works, which can be…

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At the Annual Roadworks Festival, a 7-Ton Steamroller Prints Linocuts in San Francisco’s Streets

 Art #printmaking #public art #video October 5, 2021 Grace Ebert  In a neighborhood of tech giants and startups, the San Francisco Center for the Book is decidedly analog. The nonprofit has been a hub for printmaking and book arts for Bay Area creatives since it opened 25 years ago, offering about 300 workshops and classes in papermaking, letterpress, binding techniques, and a range of other processes to thousands of students each year. Beyond wanting to provide a space for local artists and those interested in the practice, though,…

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Woven Bamboo Installations by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV Sprout from Ceilings and Walls in Tangled Forms

 Art #bamboo #installation #site-specific #weaving #wood October 5, 2021 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Mingei Gallery, shared with permission Japanese artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV threads strips of bamboo together into monumental works that appear to grow from walls and ceilings. His hollow, circular creations utilize a style of rough weaving that his family has practiced for generations—Tanabe’s father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all worked with traditional craft techniques and shared the name Chikuunsai, which translates to “bamboo cloud”—and result in installations that are massive in scale as they coil…

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