Whimsical Gardens Grow From Silk Teacups and Mossy Patches in Rosa Andreeva’s Embroideries

 Craft #embroidery #flowers #plants #silk January 11, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Rosa Andreeva, shared with permission Moscow-based fiber artist Rosa Andreeva crafts quaint gardens complete with tufts of moss, floating pollen, and cracked teacups made of silk. Teeming with whimsy, the dense embroideries balance tight stitches with loose ends that form the three-dimensional thistle heads, violet pansies, and various florals. To create the fairytale scenes, Andreeva first sketches the flora and fauna onto her fabric and then layers the textured details in thread and beads. As works…

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60,000 Bees Recreate the Nefertiti Bust and Other Classic Sculptures in Wax with Artist Tomáš Libertíny

 Art #art history #bees #sculpture #wax January 15, 2021 Grace Ebert “Eternity” (2019-2020), natural beeswax, wood, glass, Cor-ten steel, 230 x 100 x 100 centimeters. All images © Tomáš Libertíny, shared with permission Tomáš Libertíny prefers to collaborate when recreating iconic busts and sculptures, although his chosen partners don’t join him in the studio. The Slovakia-born artist tasks tens of thousands of bees with forming the porous outer layers of classic artworks like the “Nefertiti Bust,” Michelangelo’s “Brutus,” and a large jug based on the “Nolan amphora” at The…

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Explore Vermeer’s ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ in Incredible Detail with an Interactive 10-Billion Pixel Panorama

 Art Photography #art history #painting January 21, 2021 Grace Ebert Last year, researchers released records from nearly two years of analysis of Johannes Vermeer’s most-recognized artwork, “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” While their findings didn’t include the subject’s highly sought-after identity, they did reveal that the gray backdrop is actually a dark green curtain and that the figure has eyelashes only visible with magnification. Thanks to Emilien Leonhardt and Vincent Sabatier, of Hirox Europe, we all can study the intricacies of Vermeer’s elusive work and peer directly into the…

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Photorealistic Figures Embody Childhood Wonder in Dreamy Murals by Lula Goce

 Art #childhood #murals #photorealism #public art #street art January 11, 2021 Grace Ebert Bronx, New York City. All images © Lula Goce, shared with permission From New York City to Azerbaijan to Kristianstad, Sweden, artist Lula Goce transforms blank walls into ethereal artworks that illustrate childlike wonder and growth. Her murals merge photorealistic renderings of adolescent subjects with otherworldly surroundings: plumes of flowers and vines wind around the figures, serpentine creatures emerge from the plants, and shrunken landscapes rest in the children’s hands. Serene and dreamy, the works often…

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Around the Block: David Zinn’s Quirky Chalk Cartoons Spring to Life in a New Short Film

 Animation Art Illustration #chalk #drawing #public art #short film #street art #video January 15, 2021 Grace Ebert  If you’ve walked the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the last few decades, you’ve probably spotted the wide-eyed monsters and mischievous dragons of David Zinn (previously). Since 1987, the artist has been drawing chalk-and-charcoal creatures in site-specific works that wash away with the rain. Drain pipes become robotic dogs, a pillar morphs into a giant pencil, and a green monster pops out of a brick walkway. A new short film…

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“Dormant Seasons” by Photographer Erinn Springer

Photographer Erinn Springer explores her midwestern roots in her recent series, “Dormant Seasons.” Originally from Wisconsin, Springer went to school in New York City and is currently based between both places. Initially started as a way to interact with her family and greater Wisconsin community, the series has blossomed into a reflective exploration of self, home, and the cyclical rhythms of the land we inhabit.  “Like the earth, human behavior revolves around the sun,” she explains. “We operate on cycles of warm and cold, awake and asleep, light and shadow.…

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Interview: Photographer Jem Cresswell Speaks to the Intimacy and Humility of Documenting Humpback Whales

 Photography January 11, 2021 Anna Marks All images © Jem Cresswell, shared with permission For years, Sydney-based photographer Jem Cresswell (previously) has been diving into the ocean to document the otherwise unseen lives of humpback whales, a humbling experience he recounts in the latest interview supported by Colossal Members. He discusses what drew him to the mammalian subject matter and how collaborating with them during a long period has offered insight into their complex natures. There is very little you can control underwater—you are at the mercy of the…

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A Tyrannical Tabby Rules an Opulent Assemblage of Densely Layered Scenes by Artist Kris Kuksi

 Art #assemblage #cats #found objects January 15, 2021 Grace Ebert “Tabby Tyrant” (2021), mixed-media assemblage, 31 x 31 x 9 inches. All images courtesy of the artist and Joshua Liner Gallery, shared with permission A bejeweled tabby presides over Kris Kuksi’s sprawling new landscape teeming with retro figures, ornate baubles, and mass-produced trinkets all blanketed with a thick coat of metallic paint. The Lawrence, Kansas-based artist (previously) melds found objects into complex, frieze-style assemblages that are infused with themes of “historical narratives, biblical subjects, animal worship, architecture, symbolic views…

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An Innovative Installation Embeds Lights into a Five-Acre Field to Spur Crop Growth

 Art Design #farming #installation #light #plants #sustainability January 22, 2021 Grace Ebert  Spread across a thick field of leeks in the Netherlands is Daan Roosegaarde’s new installation that illuminates the practice of modern farming, highlighting the fields that feed us and their plights. In “Grow,” the Dutch artist and designer, who’s known for glowing, interactive exhibits, implanted the rows with red, blue, and ultraviolet lights that shine vertically across the crop and shift in entrancing motion. Spanning 20,000-square-meters, the multi-faceted project is both aesthetic and practical: the radiant…

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Bronze Figures Explore Movement and Body in Sculptures by Coderch & Malavia

 Art Dance #body #bronze #sculpture January 5, 2021 Grace Ebert “Clio’s Dream” (2020), bronze and blue patina. All images © Coderch & Malavia, shared with permission At the center of Coderch & Malavia’s artistic practice is the beauty of the human figure and its various expressions. The Valencia-based duo works collaboratively to cast bronze sculptures that explore the nuances of the body through dance-like movements and distinct gestures. Natural details like golden branches and feathered wings embellish many of the heavily patinaed works, Coderch & Malavia share, to evoke…

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