We’re Back! The Colossal Shop Is Restocked

 Colossal We just added a few fun goods to the newly reopened Colossal Shop, including these (reversible!) face masks featuring some of art history’s most iconic works. Head to the shop for pins, magnets, and pop-up greeting cards that’ll find a permanent spot on your fridge. Each purchase directly supports Colossal and independent arts publishing, and remember, Colossal Members get 10 percent off nearly everything: just log in to your account and grab the discount code before check out.     Do stories and artists like this matter to…

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A Canadian Company Upcycles Millions of Disposable Chopsticks into Sleek Furniture and Home Goods

 Design #chopsticks #sustainability #upcycling #video #wood March 9, 2021 Grace Ebert  On a global scale, we collectively consume a staggering number of chopsticks each year—80 billion pairs to be exact—many of which end up discarded in landfills and other waste sites. Since 2016, though, a Vancouver-based company has been upcycling the disposable utensils into a modern, minimal line of furniture and home goods. A new video from Business Insider goes behind-the-scenes with ChopValue to chronicle the entire production process, which starts with collecting the free, raw material from about…

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Alexa Quinn – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Born and raised in Arizona, photographer Alexa Quinn currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she works as an assistant art director for Urban Outfitters. With an eye for the subtle details of daily life, Quinn’s work focuses on fleeting moments and existing compositions within the world around her. She strives to capture feelings of nostalgia, serenity, and warmth within her photographs. “I also love creating images that appear timeless, ambiguous, or abstracted,” she explains. “Transforming the ordinary world into something more beautiful.” See more from Alexa Quinn below! Source link

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Subversively Embroidered Money and Penny Sculptures Question Historical Narratives

 Art #coins #embroidery #metal #money #politics #sculpture #social commentary March 18, 2021 Grace Ebert From Insurrection Bills. All images © Stacey Lee Webber, shared with permission Throughout 2020, Stacey Lee Webber developed Insurrection Bills, a revisionary collection of United States currency overlaid with subversive stitches: flames envelop monuments, a wall is left unfinished, and an eclectic array of face masks disguise Abraham Lincoln’s portrait. Contrasting the muted tones of the paper, the vibrant embroideries stand in stark contrast and as amended narratives to those depicted on the various denominations.…

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Smooth Curves and Negative Space Complete Elegant Wooden Sculptures by Ariele Alasko

 Art #sculpture #wood March 23, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Ariele Alasko, shared with permission From hunks of beechwood or maple, artist Ariele Alasko carves sculptural works that take the shape of smooth curves, ruffles, and squiggled lines. The elegant pieces play with contrast and negative space and are assembled into abstract compositions, whether as a smaller wall object or expansive mobile-style suspension. In a note to Colossal, Alasko shares that she strives to sustainably source all of her materials, whether from local lumber yards or her own…

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100,000 Cherry Blossoms Made of Salt Scatter Across the Floor of Setouchi City Art Museum

 Art #cherry blossoms #installation #salt March 29, 2021 Grace Ebert Installation view of “Sakura Shibefuru” (2021), salt, at Setouchi City Art Museum. All images © Motoi Yamamoto, shared with permission Sprawling across a bright red floor at Setouchi City Art Museum is Motoi Yamamoto’s sweeping installation of 100,000 cherry blossoms. Using a small, petal stencil and poured salt, the Kanazawa-based artist meticulously laid a mass of mineral-based buds during the course of 55 hours and nine days. Constructed radially, “Sakura Shibefuru,” or “Falling Cherry Petals” mimics the natural patterns formed…

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“A Kind of Blindness, A Kind of Sight” by Photographer Jaclyn Kolev Brown

Jaclyn Kolev Brown is an artist and photographer based in Richmond, Virginia, where she teaches photography at Virginia Commonwealth University. Walking the line between reality and surrealism, her work often emanates from a central theme of questioning identity. “A Kind of Blindness, A Kind of Sight” explores the connection between faith and sight. “Faith is a focused way of seeing that often looks past the present or reality into a hopeful, future-oriented, and abstract space,” Brown explains. “However, faith can also lead a person to ignore the present reality, and…

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“Sometimes A Silence Will Cut Through Sounds” by Photographer Josh Adam Jones

British artist and photographer Josh Adam Jones explores themes of mental illness, loss, and the invisible struggles of daily life with his latest series, “Sometimes A Silence Will Cut Through Sounds.” In response to the death of his paternal grandfather in 2019, Jones turned to photography as a form of therapy, addressing his immediate grief and the ongoing mental health struggles within his family. Drawing from both new work and an archive of images from various chapters of life, the images in “Sometimes A Silence Will Cut Through Sounds” are…

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Readymade Cross-Stitch and Floral Motifs Are Embroidered Directly into Porcelain Vases

 Craft #ceramics #cross-stitch #embroidery #porcelain January 7, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Caroline Harrius, shared with permission Caroline Harrius merges two historically domestic crafts in her florally embroidered vases. The Stockholm-based artist shapes tall vessels and studs them with tiny holes just big enough for thread to pass through. Adorned with a readymade cross-stitch pattern or Harrius’s own floral motifs, the finished vases are semi-functional and visualize the intersections of gender and craft history, particularly in relation to decoration and purpose. Harrius recently graduated with a master’s degree…

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A Technicolor Flower Bed Sprouts From a 70-Foot-Tall Water Tower in Arkansas

 Art #flowers #murals #public art #site-specific January 13, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Justkids, shared with permission A drab water tower in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, is overrun with a 70-foot-tall garden of technicolor flowers and vines thanks to artists Darren and Emmelene Mate, aka DabsMyla. The Australian wife and husband are known for their hand-painted psychedelic dreamscapes, which envelop the otherwise utilitarian tank with oversized flora. Titled “Magical Unity,” the circular mural features plants native to the region, along with a fuzzy bumblebee mid-pollination, all rendered in the…

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