An Interview with Director Laura O’Grady

There must have been many stories and viewpoints you explored that didn’t make the final cut, how did you choose these specific people? As I mentioned above, some subjects needed to drop out as COVID became a risk during shooting. Tiko, of course, is widely known and revered, and it was an honour for him to share his point of view in the film. There was no question that we had to talk about the amazing accomplishments of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and the remarkable achievements that…

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Dramatic Light Illuminates Crosscut Melons, Citrus, and Other Juicy Produce Rendered by Dennis Wojtkiewicz

 Art Food #apples #fruit #light #pastel January 3, 2022 Grace Ebert “Citrus Series #33.” All images © Dennis Wojtkiewicz, shared with permission Artist Dennis Wojtkiewicz (previously) finds creative nourishment in succulent slices of melons, lemons, and apples that appear to glow under studio lighting. Rendered in pastels with slightly blurred lines, his works focus on the seeds, fibrous veins cradling pockets of juice, and thick rinds visible only through clean crosscuts of the edible subject matter. Prints and originals of the luminous fruits are available on his site, and…

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“Querencia” by Artist Rex Southwick

A selection of paintings from the recent series, “Querencia,” by North London-based artist Rex Southwick. Exploring notions of luxury, ownership, and aspiration, Southwick’s highly saturated paintings depict lavish domestic environments under construction, revealing the hidden truths behind the idealized spaces plastered across our digital feeds. Working from images sourced from building contractors and construction sites, he deliberately obscures the identities of the workers, “to invoke a sense that they do not belong, despite their role as the creators and custodians of these spaces.” As described in the catalog for his…

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January 2022 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

 Opportunities Image © May Parlar 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 Aperture Portfolio PrizeThe Aperture Portfolio Prize is an annual international competition that recognizes innovative bodies of work that haven’t been featured in major publications or exhibitions. One winner will be published in Aperture magazine, receive a $3,000 prize, and have…

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Everyday Objects Are Organized into Perfect Geometric Shapes in Kristen Meyer’s Flat Lays

 Design Food Photography #candy #eggs #flat lay #flowers #multiples #office supplies January 4, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Kristen Meyer, shared with permission Kristen Meyer (previously) pinpoints the unique crossroads of organization and art in her meticulous flat lays. Influenced by interior decorating, prop styling, and floristry, the New Haven-based designer constructs precise geometric shapes and network-esque compositions from humble materials like eggshell shards, office supplies, candy, and disassembled bouquets. At once streamlined in material and rich in depth and texture, the dazzling works use implied outlines and…

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