A Flurry of Feathers and Leaves Surround Spirited Birds in Fio Silva’s Vivid Murals

 Art #birds #flowers #mural #public art #street art March 5, 2021 Grace Ebert Castelar, Buenos Aires. All images @ Fio Silva, shared with permission Fio Silva tucks clusters of oversized birds and botanicals into otherwise stark urban spaces, creating striking murals awash in puffs of feathers, petals, and leaves. The Buenos Aires-based artist focuses largely on movement, a thread that runs through both the vivid renderings of winged subjects as they appear to take flight or perch for just a moment. “It was that lack of stillness through work…

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Interview: Jeroen Smeets Shares the Story Behind The Jaunt, the Collaborative Travel Project Sending Artists Around the World

 Art Colossal March 10, 2021 Christopher Jobson Photo by Andrea Wan during her trip to Nepal. All images shared with permission In a new interview supported by Colossal Members, Jeroen Smeets dives into the story behind The Jaunt, a travel project that he founded in 2013. Since then, the project has sent more than 70 artists to new destinations around the globe—locations are wide-ranging, spanning from Helsinki to Los Angeles to Caye Caulker, Belize—with the goal of producing a single, hand-pulled screenprint. We try not to guide or give…

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“(slowly slowly)” by Photographer Logan Bellew

A selection of images from “(slowly slowly)” by photographer and installation-based artist Logan Bellew. Based between Brooklyn, New York and Nicosia, Cyprus, Bellew describes his process as that of a documentarian, conserving artifacts, stories, and histories. Taken in Cyprus, where he is an active volunteer with the AIDS Solidarity Movement, the images in “(slowly slowly)” are records of the time during which they were made.  “These pictures are what happens when life ‘happens’ to you, when you can’t see what’s ahead of you but you need to keep going,” Bellew…

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Interview: Ýr Jóhannsdóttir Explains Her Playful Approach to Design and How Mending Will Shape the Future of Sustainable Fashion

 Colossal Craft Design March 22, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Ýr Jóhannsdóttir, shared with permission The latest interview supported by Colossal Members dives into the story behind the playful, quirky knits of Ýr Jóhannsdóttir. Working under the name Ýrúrarí, the Iceland-based designer received considerable attention last year for her cheeky, slightly grotesque masks, a collection that exemplifies both her aesthetics and dedication to bringing others into her process. Knit your own sweater, and you are going to care more about it than if you buy one of 1,000.…

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“Sylvania” by Photographer Anna Beeke

A selection of images from “Sylvania” by Los Angeles-based documentary and fine art photographer and videographer Anna Beeke. Published as a monograph by Daylight books in 2015, “Sylvania” weaves together images of American woodlands in an exploration of what Beeke describes as “the physical and metaphoric presence of the forest in the contemporary world.” With their rich histories of mythology and symbolism, the woods appealed to Beeke: “Like so many before me, I too went into the woods in search of adventure, transcendence, and the unknown,” she explains. “I entered…

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A Soothing Stop-Motion Animation Bakes a Rich Chocolate Layer Cake Entirely from LEGO

 Animation Food #baking #cake #chocolate #Lego #stop motion #video March 30, 2021 Grace Ebert  When your next ambitious baking project doesn’t pan out, try your hand at a simpler recipe with just one ingredient. Follow Japan-based animator tomosteen through a stop-motion tutorial for a decadent cake layered with chocolate frosting that’s made entirely with LEGO. The ASMR-inducing animation chronicles the baking process from cracking an egg into a yolky block to watching the batter subtly change color to crumbling individual bricks of chocolate for the top. For similar…

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An Uncanny Animated Short by Fernando Livschitz Twists Mundane Scenes into Bizarre Alternatives

 Animation Art #humor #short film #surreal #video April 6, 2021 Grace Ebert Argentinian director Fernando Livschitz (previously), who helms Black Sheep Films, is back with a surreal short film that envisions everyday activities and scenes with a slightly unsettling spin. Infused with Livschitz’s distinct penchant for humor and absurdity, “Anywhere Can Happen” is set to a rendition of “What a Wonderful World” by Reuben and the Dark and AG and descends into an uncanny universe of galactic rollercoasters, dimension-traveling trains, and oversized hands keen on manipulating the landscape. Watch…

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Figures Experience Constraint and Confinement in Bronze Sculptures by Khaled DAWWA

 Art #bronze #clay #sculpture April 12, 2021 Grace Ebert “Sans titre” (2020), bronze, 35 x 14 x 13 centimeters. All images © Khaled DAWWA, shared with permission Whether folded into a box, bound by cords, or fragmented and stacked, the nondescript figures that Paris-based artist Khaled DAWWA sculpts experience some form of confinement. Their bodies are contorted into cages or squeezed into each other’s arms, and each looks down or away, a position that makes them appear to lack the power and agency to be free. Cast in dense…

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A Pulsating Light Room of Multi-Layered Glass by Claudia Bueno to Premiere at Meow Wolf Las Vegas

 Art #drawing #glass #installation #light #nature #plants #sound January 8, 2021 Grace Ebert Step into Claudia Bueno’s aquarium-style installation at Meow Wolf’s new space in Las Vegas and experience the slow, oscillating movements of natural life. “Pulse” is comprised of countless white line drawings that are meticulously intertwined and superimposed on 60 glass panels. When illuminated, they mimic scores of nautilus spirals, coral, vines, and botanics that sway and throb in glowing masses. “This is what ‘Pulse’ is, a way of creating animated volumes using layers of drawings that…

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More Than 90 Artists Create Original Works on Vintage Envelopes for ‘Couriers of Hope’

 Art Illustration #animals #drawing #envelopes #found objects #mail art #watercolor January 14, 2021 Grace Ebert By Andrew Hem What brings you hope? That’s the central question behind a new group exhibition presented by Port City Creative Guild. Couriers of Hope boasts more than 120 original pieces from more than 90 artists—the list includes Rosanne Kang Jovanovski, Andrew Hem (previously), Sean Chao (previously), and Yoskay Yamamoto—all rendered on vintage envelopes. Prompted by the mail art movement of the 1960s, the exhibition features an eclectic array of watercolor, pencil, and mixed-media…

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