“The Locusts” by Photographer Lesse Lenz

Set against a backdrop of rural Ohio farmland, photographer Jesse Lenz explores his surroundings with a child-like sense of wonder in his first major monograph, “The Locusts” (Charcoal Press, 2020). Stopping to notice the subtle rhythms of the natural world on the farm he and his family recently relocated to, Lenz offers a portrait of the ethereal world his children occupy, becoming closely aquatinted with cycles of life, death, and the complex ecosystems they exist within. As described in the press release for the book, “The Locusts depicts a world…

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“Nostalgia For The Mud” by Photographer Chase Middleton

New York-based photographer Chase Middleton describes her work as “a space where vernacular photography collides with the spectacular.” The carefully constructed images in her recently completed series, “Nostalgia For The Mud,” re-stage narratives from life, ranging from the appropriation of forgotten internet photo albums to encounters with strangers. Casting strangers from the internet to pose for her in hotels and empty homes, she likens her process to the creation of a soap opera or reality tv-show. “I use photography as a vehicle to enter into an unsettling world where it…

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CV — Mindful Professional Profiles – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Our good friend Andy Chung is an insanely talented designer and he’s just launched CV, a simple platform for building yourself a professional profile in minutes. He describes it as “more link-in-bio sized than LinkedIn and more dynamic than a PDF”. LinkedIn has always felt noisy and obnoxious to me, so much so that I can’t ever bring myself to use it. CV on the other hand is pared down to the point it feels completely silent—I love it. I was literally able to setup my own profile before my…

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A Flurry of New Notebooks from Field Notes Features 99,999 Unique Snowflake Designs

 Design #notebooks #snow December 4, 2020 Grace Ebert All images © Field Notes, shared with permission U.K.-based artist Brendan Dawes channels the infinite crystalline shapes of snowflakes in a new collaboration with Field Notes. For its 49th limited-edition series, the Chicago-based notebook manufacturer tasked Dawes with designing an algorithm that mimics the atmospheric process that forms the icy grooves and feathered shoots. After a lengthy development inspired by the work of physicist Kenneth G. Libbrecht, Dawes created 99,999 unique snowflake illustrations to wrap around the deep blue covers. Just like the…

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Color Outside the Lines with the Chunky, Squiggly Crayons Designed by Retoolings

 Design #crayons #wax December 1, 2020 Grace Ebert All images © Retoolings, shared with permission There’s one question looming over Keetra Dean Dixon’s designs: “To color or to keep?” Based in rural Alaska, Dixon is behind the bespoke crayon manufacturer, Retoolings, which has been melding primary hues, muted tones, and black-and-white waxes into asymmetric chunks and spiraled cylinders that are as much design pieces as they are creative instruments. In a note to Colossal, Dixson writes that she first thought of the scaled-down objects after creating large sculptures with…

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SMILE: Ride an Emotional Rollercoaster with These Perpetually Grinning Characters

 Animation #emotions #humor #video December 4, 2020 Grace Ebert  The googly-eyed cast in Lucas Zanatto’s new looped animation is all of us this year: Beaming one moment, bummed the next. “SMILE” follows an array of pastel characters as they quickly twist from one mood to another. Whether spurred by a downward spiral or rollercoaster ride, each movement turns the pastel creature topsy-turvy, leaving it with a perpetual grin. Watch more light-hearted projects from the Helsinki-based director (previously) on Vimeo and Instagram, where he also shares tutorials and behind-the-scenes shots.…

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A Storm of Paint Entangles the Enigmatic Subjects of Glenn Brown’s Winding Portraits

 Art #acrylic #oil painting #painting #portraits December 1, 2020 Grace Ebert “Lactate (Midwinter)” (2020), oil and acrylic on panel, 78 3/4 x 55 1/2 inches. All images © Glenn Brown, courtesy of Max Hetzler, shared with permission Winding lines and sinuous strands form the textured labyrinths that surround Glenn Brown’s subjects. The uncanny portraiture that comprises his series And thus we existed seamlessly revitalizes icons of pop culture and art history with the London-based artist’s distinct aesthetic. Bold prismatic hues whirl in curling strokes that intertwine outward across each panel,…

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New Photos from the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Ancients’ Reveal Details About Prehistoric Amazonian Life—Like a Fondness for Bungee Jumping

 Art History #Amazon #Colombia December 4, 2020 Grace Ebert All images © José Iriarte, shared with permission Who knew people have been flinging themselves into open air since ancient times? Earlier this week, we reported that archaeologists discovered a massive collection of prehistoric art deep in the Colombian Amazon, and new photographs of the findings reveal early humans bungee jumping just like modern adventurers. Spanning nearly eight miles, the paintings date back about 12,500 years when people first arrived on the continent. Thanks to José Iriarte—who is a professor…

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Colossal’s 2020 Gift Guide of Creative Experiences

 Art December 1, 2020 Grace Ebert Colossal hasn’t shared a gift guide in a few years—2020 is full of surprises—but we’ve prepared our new list with two principles in mind: the desire to support small businesses and reduce giving items that’ll be forgotten in the closet or tossed after a year. Instead, we’ve curated a collection of subscription boxes and kits centered around doing, whether that’s through learning a new craft, doodling, or kneading a loaf of bread. Check out our picks below, and for similarly thoughtful options, head…

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“A Big Fat Sky” by Photographer Max Miechowski

London-based photographer Max Miechowski revisits the British coastline where he spent time as a child for his latest series, “A Big Fat Sky.” Long, meandering drives along the country’s edge have served as an effective antidote to the stress and anxiety of this challenging year, he explains. “Surprisingly, these trips have given me the same sense of fascination and wonder that I felt as a child—they have served as an escape from the city, and an opportunity to find beauty in scenes that seem so familiar to all of us.”…

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