Interview: Lalese Stamps of Lolly Lolly Ceramics Discusses Her Wildly Ambitious 100-Day Project, Brand Activism, and the Need for Vulnerability
April 21, 2021

In the summer of 2020, Lalese Stamps (previously) found herself in the middle of a boom in her then-fledgling business, Lolly Lolly Ceramics, an experience she recounts in the latest interview supported by Colossal Members. The timing coincided with increased attention on Black creatives and brand activism, two points Stamps considers profoundly impactful still today.

You reach a certain point in your personal life and in living in America, where you’re fed up, especially as a Black person.

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The Best Wireless Computer Mice for Studio Work Tables
April 20, 2021

If you have enough clutter on your studio work table or desk, one way to neaten your space is to purchase a wireless mouse. Having fewer wires makes for a less chaotic look—and you won’t be bothered by tangled cables anymore, nor limited by their length. Wireless mice require some attention in that you have […] Continue reading

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Artist Amy Sherald Depicts a Vast Array of Black Leisure through Monumental and Nuanced Portraits

Amy Sherald plumbs the multitudes of Black leisure in The Great American Fact, a series of arresting portraits that are currently on view at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. From a woman resting on a bicycle to two surfers readying for the water, the oil-based paintings observe moments of respite and pleasure at a monumental scale, sometimes spanning nearly nine feet across.
Although she surrounds her subjects with vivid patches of color and portrays them wearing bright garments, Sherald (previously) continues to render her subjects’ skin in her signature grayscale, which she’s described in recent years as a way to have the figures read “in a universal way, where they could become a part of the mainstream art historical narrative.” This new series also features elements synonymous with American culture, including a white picket fence, Barbie T-shirt, and retro convertible. More Continue reading

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The Best Acrylic Matte Mediums for Artists and Hobbyists

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Acrylic medium is a versatile product for use with acrylic paint and in mixed-media projects. A liquid that’s milky when wet and translucent when dry, it can be added to acrylic to increase fluidity; […] Continue reading

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Flora and Fauna Intertwine in Delicate Mixed-Media Artworks by Teagan White
April 19, 2021

Sinuous branches half-submerged in water, fish swimming through the treetops, and plant life spearing small birds compose the intricate entanglements rendered by Teagan White. Through gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil, the artist merges plant and animal life in delicate scenes that focus on the interconnectedness and beauty of the natural world.
Having just moved to the Pacific Northwest, much of White’s work draws on their years spent biking throughout the Midwest and viscerally experiencing life and death on the region’s roadways. More Continue reading

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The Best Photo Boards for Your Studio, Office, or Home
April 16, 2021

Let’s not pretend: We will always have and love picture frames. But that doesn’t mean they are always the best option. Photo boards are a nice alternative, offering a decorative look, exceptional ease in changing photos, and the freedom to artfully arrange. Not only handy pieces of home decor, they can serve a purpose for […] Continue reading

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Everyday Objects Are Sliced and Re-Assembled into Distorted Sculptures by Fabian Oefner

In Heisenberg Objects, Fabian Oefner (previously) translates quantum mechanic’s uncertainty principle into a sculptural series of segmented objects. The Connecticut-based artist uses resin to solidify the everyday items, which include sneakers, a Leica M6, a tape recorder, a Seiko clock, and flight recorder, before slicing them into countless individual pieces. He then aggregates those fragmented parts into dissected sculptures that resemble the original object through a distorted view of the inner and outer mechanisms. More Continue reading

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Blue Dunes Ripple Across Mars’ Surface in a New Infrared Composite from NASA
April 15, 2021

A striking new image captured by Mars Odyssey is a stark contrast to the rust-colored, rugged landscape that’s synonymous with the Red Planet. Released last week by NASA, the false-color composite—it’s a patchwork captured between December 2002 and November 2004—reveals long dunes surrounding the northern polar cap of the relatively small planet. Warmer areas touched by the sun emit a golden glow, while the chillier parts are tinted blue. The image frames just the dunes carved into a 19-mile swath of land, although the billowing pattern covers an area the size of Texas. More Continue reading

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The Best Speakers for Art Installations

Musicians and sound artists aren’t the only ones who need to amplify sound. Whether you’re a video artist, an educator, or an exhibition designer, the time will likely come when you’ll require a set of well-built speakers that offer great audio quality. A proper speaker can improve an experience or, if chosen carelessly, even ruin […] Continue reading

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A Sprawling Installation Explores the Power of Protest as It Floats Above a MASS MoCA Gallery

Rocky debris, vintage photographs, and a wooden ship colliding with its own hull are suspended above a 100-yard gallery at MASS MoCA for “In the Light of a Shadow.” The work of Los Angeles-born artist Glenn Kaino (previously), the monumental installation generates a sprawling environment filled with thousands of floating elements that speak to the vast impact of protest and collective movements.
Lined with an aisle of light and constantly moving shadows, the hovering artworks fuse memories of past injustices and a brighter, hopeful path forward in an immersive experience. More Continue reading

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Innumerable Spines Cover Amorphous Sea Creatures Sculpted in Clay by Marguerita Hagan

Prior to sculpting the prickly lifeforms that comprise her Marine Abstracts series, Marguerita Hagan plunged into the waters surrounding the Cayman Islands to get a glimpse of the coral and sponges inhabiting the region. “My research is important to my work, whether from seeing firsthand like diving, which manifested the sponge and coral-inspired Marine Abstracts, or visiting labs and working with my scientist friends,” the Philadelphia-based artist says. More Continue reading

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