“NY/NJ” by Photographer Paula Prats

Paula Prats is a Spanish photographer currently based in Amsterdam. Motivated by a constant desire to explore, her work is connected to the places she visits. In her series, “NY/NJ”, taken during a stay between New York and New Jersey, Prats combines a documentary-style approach with her eye for interesting details. She captures moments of stillness, looking thoughtfully at simple elements and embracing the unexpected. See more from Paula Prats below! Source link

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“Concrete” by Artist Cinta Vidal

Cinta Vidal (previously featured here) has been drawing since she was a kid. With a background in scenography, she has collaborated in painting large-format backdrops for European and international operas and theater companies, though her personal work has remained experimental. She has worked as a freelancer for various clients, but has gradually been moving toward a focus on her own paintings and creations. Inspired by concrete architecture, Vidal’s latest show, “Concrete,” explores functionalism and elimination of conventionalism and ornamentalism. She elaborates:  “Durable and versatile, cement protects the fragility of the…

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Leonard Baby – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of recent paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Leonard Baby. A painter since childhood, Baby has always been drawn to the medium as a way of expressing themself. Influenced by artists like Mary Cassatt, Edvard Munch, and Lisa Yuskavage, Baby’s acrylic paintings focus primarily on the role of the feminine in the world. They borrow their subject matter from cinema, most often films directed by Jane Campion, Angela Schanelec, and Sofia Coppola. In their most recent work, Baby aims to capture grief as a reaction to death, though they are…

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An Emotional Stop-Motion Ad Follows a Family Revitalizing Their Organic Farm

 Animation Food #advertising #farming #puppets #stop motion #video November 17, 2021 Grace Ebert  Ten years after Irish animator and director Johnny Kelly (previously) brought us a charming stop-motion ad for Chipotle about a farmer’s return to organic methods, he’s back with an emotional sequel that revisits the now-aging protagonist. The new short film, titled “A Future Begins,” follows the same mustached rancher as he struggles to maintain his pesticide-free fields and natural techniques amidst weather catastrophes and other struggles. When his son returns from college and a busy life…

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Carved Organic Patterns Highlight the Natural Wood Grain of Carbonized Mahogany

 Art #carving #sculpture #wood November 22, 2021 Grace Ebert “By any other name” (2021), carbonized mahogany, 27 x 2 inches. All images courtesy of TERN Gallery, shared with permission In Splinters and Shards, artist John Beadle enriches the beauty of wood’s natural grain with a series of gouged dots, line carvings, and smooth, supple curves. His small, circular sculptures and vertical towers accentuate the texture and subtle gradients of carbonized mahogany through etched patterns that reveal the pristine reddish hue peeking through the charred surface. Always highlighting the potential…

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Abstract, Textured Patterns Woven With Natural Fibers Compose Massive Wall Hangings by Tammy Kanat

 Art Craft #fiber art #textiles #weaving November 26, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Tammy Kanat, shared with permission A decade into her weaving practice, Australian artist Tammy Kanat (previously) continues to explore the possibilities of fiber, texture, and knots. Her giant wall hangings rely on patches of tufted wool, concentric circles in linen, and fringed, silk motifs suspended in lopsided brass rings to evoke organic forms and naturally occurring patterns. Focusing on energy and movement, each abstract piece contrasts high piles and flatweaves comprised of thousands of knots…

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

 Opportunities “Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit” by Courtney Brims 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.   iStock Creative Inclusion Grants FeaturedThe inaugural iStock Creative Inclusion Grants will award four emerging photographers $5,000 each to support a project that draws attention to underrepresented communities.Deadline: December 6, 2021.   Open Calls Socrates Sculpture Park Open CallThe 2022…

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Sierra Montoya Barela – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of paintings by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based artist Sierra Montoya Barela. Living in the realm of still lifes and invented or imagined spaces, Barela’s recent work plays with perspective, symbolism, and perception. A selection of these paintings are currently on display as part of her solo show, “Everywhere and Here,” at Post Gallery Zurich. Made in response to last year’s dramatic shift in the rhythms of daily life, this body of work turns toward the domestic realm, celebrating interiors and objects within the home.  See more from Sierra Montoya Barela…

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Innumerable Cuts Transform Single Sheets of Paper into Exquisite Flora and Fauna

 Art Craft #animals #flowers #paper November 2, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Pippa Dyrlaga, shared with permission Cutting ornate lace patterns, spindly roots, and scaly chameleon skin with meticulous detail, Yorkshire-based artist Pippa Dyrlaga (previously) continues to turn single sheets of paper into elaborate works. Her process involves drawing a design that typically features a floral motif before slicing each component by hand with a scalpel. Once the excess paper is removed, the resulting works unveil intricate patches of wildflowers and painstakingly sliced fur and fins. Dyrlaga’s works…

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“Brodalisques” by Artist Klaire A. Lockheart

Artist Klaire A. Lockheart turns the male gaze on its head in her series, “Brodalisques.” Recreating the classical poses and passivity of historic odalisques, she places masculine men at the centerpiece of her oil paintings, using humor to inspire viewers to consider the implications of the heteronormative male gaze. “Flipping the binary doesn’t solve all the problems of the objectification of women in art, but it does provide an entertaining place to start,” she muses. “To update the trope of creating a ‘realistic’ painting in a prohibited space, I place…

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