The Sursock Museum, an integral part of the art community in the city, was damaged significantly. Continue reading
She was the first woman to win the Philippines’ prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Men award. Continue reading
In photos, installations, and performances the Berlin-based Canadian artist offers ways to “work through” our postcolonial challenges. Continue reading
Combining traditional glassblowing techniques and sculpting methods, Debora Moore forms lustrous glass sculptures that resemble mossy branches, fleshy petals, and entire trees. The St. Louis-born artist began by creating orchids with bulbous centers before expanding her practice to larger, organic forms. In her recent collection, Arboria, Moore sculpted delicate magnolias, plump plums, and the lavender tendrils of the wisteria.
The fragile artworks create a tension between the delicate material, fleeting lives of flowers, and strength and durability of nature. More Continue reading
In Detroit, Artists Pursue Afrofuturist Visions of Justice and Afropessimist Strategies of WithdrawalJuly 9, 2020
Entertainment Justice griots like Will See and Bryce Detroit organize communities through rap, while Pope.L’s work linking Flint and Detroit to New York shows how infrastructures that enforce scarcity can be evaded. Continue reading
Artist Glen Taylor solders ridges of metal to porcelain fragments, completing a halved teacup or broken saucer with a range of unusual materials: barbed wire, tarnished silverware, old book pages, and multicolored twine form a portion of the household objects. Each intervention contrasts the pristine, delicate qualities of the porcelain with the visible rust, unwieldy strings, and patchwork metals.
A cabinetmaker for much of his life, Taylor originally worked with pottery but found it limiting until he started breaking his ceramics into pieces. More Continue reading
Dinnerware, Eggs, and Wine Shatter and Seamlessly Repair in Dramatic Digital Animation by Optical ArtsJuly 1, 2020
A new CGI animation by Optical Arts depicts what would be a dinner-party nightmare: ceramic plates and bowls shatter, red wine cascades from long-stemmed glasses, and sharp knives dive to the floor. Despite its explosive scenes, “Tocatta” subsequently shows the same dinnerware, drinks, and plates of boiled eggs seamlessly repair and float upward as whole objects.
A multivalent consideration of physical contact, the word “tocatta” both originates from an Italian form of “to touch” and refers to a musical composition designed to showcase the performer’s refined techniques. More Continue reading
Skawennati Makes Space for Indigenous Representation and Sovereignty in the Virtual World of Second Life
AbTec Island is an online community space, where Second Life users can hang out and talk. But it’s also a place where visions of Indigenous histories and futures coexist. Continue reading
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Want to make your own decals for your office, car, or brand? Self-adhesive vinyl sheets are perfect for creating signs and logos, indoor or outdoor advertising graphics, and wall and window decor. Self-adhesive vinyl can be cut into a variety of shapes and can stick to most flat and curved surfaces including plastic, metal, glass, […] Continue reading
Lenore Tawney pioneered techniques for creating sculptural, expressive weavings. Continue reading
Jean Shin made this reality strikingly visible in “Pause” (2020), an installation at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco for which she turned thousands of discarded phones, laptops, hard drives, and cables into a sculptural landscape. Continue reading
Montreal-based artist Elisabeth Picard curls, fans, and locks together hundreds of zip-ties into tremendously formed glowing sculptures and undulating installations. The futuristic artworks merge geological and organic elements with science fiction to create abstract formations that the artist likens to “landscapes, minerals, plants, micro-organisms, and sea creatures.”
Picard tells Colossal that since she began working with the nylon links in 2011, she’s used more than 300,000 ties. The artist hand-dyes each piece with pastels, earth tones, and sometimes fluorescent hues that will later glow under UV light and add depth with shadows. More Continue reading
Made of translucent glass, Laura Hart’s brilliant orchids appear to be the paragon of delicacy: the fleshy petals and neon-illuminated columns are in full bloom, representing a fleeting stage of life that’s modeled with an easily breakable substance. The Suffolk-based artist, though, is more concerned with the floral family’s historical resilience and aptitude for survival.
There are 28,000 known species of orchids, which 100-million-year-old fossil records prove were the first to bloom. “Representing a quarter of the world’s flowering plants, there are four times as many orchid species as there are mammals and twice as many birds,” Hart says. More Continue reading
Journalist Pamela Newkirk remembers her mentor and friend, with whom she had planned to write a biography of his life. Continue reading
The design team at Nendo knew they’d need a way to connect the three generations—and eight cats—living inside a newly constructed home in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, so they created an enormous staircase. Spanning from the outdoor garden to the third floor, the steel-and-concrete structure isn’t designed for climbing between floors but does serve as a multi-level garden area and space for the cats to lounge. It also conceals bathrooms and the staircase residents actually will use, while the white-paneled walls hold additional storage. More Continue reading
‘Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible’ features a mix of starry and scholarly names. Continue reading
As monuments to the world all around us, earthworks evoke wonder and awe. Continue reading
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Invented in 1952 by Bernard and François Baschet, the Cristal Baschet (also called a Crystal Organ) is a unique instrument that outputs an even more unique and artful sound. In the video above, multi-instrumentalist and film composer Marc Chouarain explains how it works and demonstrates techniques for turning finger rubs and drags into deep melodic echoes.
According to musician and rare instrument performer Thomas Bloch, models of the crystal organs range from 3.5 to 6 octaves and are made of 56 chromatically tuned glass rods. More Continue reading