Elaborate Designs by Mitsuru Nikaido Transform Animals and Insects into Complex LEGO Robots

 Design #animals #insects #Lego #sculpture December 28, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Mitsuru Nikaido, shared with permission Kurashiki-based builder Mitsuru Nikaido reimagines marine life, insects, and land animals as mechanical, robot-like characters built entirely with LEGO. Using his signature palette of gray and white bricks and unique parts, Nikaido creates spring-loaded limbs for walruses, a gecko tail capable of swinging toward its body, and spiders that appear like they could scurry away on hinged legs. The semi-articulate specimens shown here are just a few of the designer’s elaborate…

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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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Advance Your Career With an SVA Continuing Education Course This Spring

 #sponsor By Bianca Dunn, SVACE Student Whether it’s to advance your career or try something new, the Division of Continuing Education at the School of Visual Arts offers more than 230 courses to choose from. Visit sva.edu/ce to view free events and all online and on-campus offerings. Courses begin on January 24. Online courses are available in: Free Virtual Events & Information Sessions Course Registration Details Course Advice If you need advice or have questions please email [email protected] to connect with one ofour course advisors. About the School of…

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Teeming with Leaves and Grasses, Oil Paintings Cloaked in Lush Foliage Evoke the Forest Floor

 Art #oil painting #painting #plants January 14, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © JA Paunkovic, shared with permission Thick foliage in shades of green sprout from every inch of JA Paunkovic’s canvases. The Serbian husband-and-wife duo of Jelena and Aleksandar render luxuriant scenes brimming with realistic plant life. Patches of verdant grasses, shrubs, and flowering specimens sprawl across the oil-based works, which mimic the lush patches of vegetation that the pair encounters while hiking.  “Visiting (a) new environment becomes material that will later serve us in the studio as…

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Marked with Pattern and Texture, Hula’s Murals Appear to Emerge from the Sea

 Art #murals #public art #sea #water December 28, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Sean Yoro, shared with permission To paint his murals, Sean Yoro, aka Hula, yields to the shifting tides of the ocean. The Los Angeles-based artist (previously) paddles out to underpasses and concrete barriers only accessible by water where he balances on a surfboard with a minimal number of supplies—all paints, brushes, and other materials have to fit within the 10-foot space. There he renders portraits of women half-submerged in the sea and singular hands that…

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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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Dig Into an Enormous Archive of Drawings Unveiling the Complex Root Systems of 1,180 Plants

 History Illustration Science #botany #drawing #plants #roots January 10, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Wageningen University & Research It’s generally understood that terrestrial plant life evolved from algae, one key to its successful adaptation being roots that sprawled underground to absorb important nutrients and water. Billions of years later, the fibrous networks are essential to life across the planet as they ensure the growth and health of individual specimens, help prevent erosion, and capture carbon from the air. A collaborative project of the late botanists Erwin Lichtenegger…

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‘The House’ Is a Mysterious Animated Trilogy Following Three Generations of Stop-Motion Characters

 Animation #puppets #stop motion #video January 14, 2022 Grace Ebert A destitute family, an uneasy property developer, and an unrealistic landlady clinging to the past all find themselves grappling with control when they inhabit The House. The mysterious dwelling is the titular character of Netflix’s new three-part series that brings some of the most promising names of stop-motion animation to the major television platform. Created at Nexus Studios, the dark comedy is a collaboration between Emma de Swaef and Marc Roels (previously), Niki Lindroth von Bahr, and Paloma Baeza,…

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Robert Peterson – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of recent paintings by Lawton, Oklahoma-based artist Robert Peterson. Specializing in figurative painting with a concentration on portraiture, Peterson sees a void in contemporary galleries and museums, which he aims to fill by creating “beautiful works of art that reflect a softer side of black people, yet still shows their strength and resilience.” His colorful works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and he is gaining recognition as a celebrated emerging artist. See more from Robert Peterson below! Source link

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Explore Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ in Astounding Detail in an Interactive 717-Gigapixel Photo

 Art Photography #art history #painting January 4, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Rijksmuseum Totaling a whopping 717 gigapixels, a new photo of Rembrandt’s 1642 painting “The Night Watch” unveils an astounding array of minuscule details and precise artistic choices behind the Dutch Golden Age masterpiece. A team at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which is currently housing the art historical work, captured 8,439 individual images to create the gigantic composite that leaves just 0.0002 inches between each pixel, which themselves are smaller than a red blood cell. One of Rembrandt’s…

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