Deadly Plants Squashed Under Plastic by Artist Ant Hamlyn Question the Paradox of Preservation
September 29, 2022

The botanical works of West London-based artist Ant Hamlyn are studies of dichotomies and paradoxes. Polarities of the organic and synthetic, comfort and danger, and preservation and destruction emerge from his sculptures, which are comprised of playful, stylized interpretations of natural life pressed under sheets of acrylic.
On view as part of his solo show Tread Softly, Hamlyn’s most recent pieces include yellow daffodils, nightshades, and a pink flowering cactus that, although alluring for their blossoms, are extremely harmful if touched or ingested in real life. More Continue reading

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Gears and Architectural Structures Emerge from Michael Velliquette’s Meditative Paper Sculptures
July 16, 2022

One look at Michael Velliquette’s paper sculptures, and you may find yourself lost in the majesty of the construction—feeling the intricate gears, fanning geometric arches, and echoing layers churning inside of you.
A circle is more than it appears in his works as it spirals into a chamber of other shapes. Each interpretation expands its form from the structural foundation to the tip of an accentual cut. As Velliquette (previously) describes: “I start out cutting small concentric shapes and layering them. More Continue reading

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“Tierra Del Sol” by Photographer Carlos Jaramillo

Photographer Carlos Jaramillo (previously featured here) finds parallels between his current home city of Los Angeles, and McAllen, Texas, the small border town where he was born. Jaramillo’s parents are both immigrants—his mother is Mexican and his father Colombian. In Los Angeles, he found a comfortable familiarity in the abundance of Mexican people and culture … Continued Continue reading

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Extravagant Sound Installations by Love Hultén Use Custom Synthesizers and Visualizers to Create Elaborate Audiovisual Mashups
June 23, 2022

Swedish audiovisual artist and woodworker Love Hultén is known for his extravagant and unconventional sound installations that fall at the intersection of music, art, and design. Whether an homage to Nintendo, Pacman, or Simone Giertz’s chattering mouths, the custom synthesizers are elaborate electronic instruments with broad audio capabilities and often, a unique MIDI visualizer that responds in real-time: play the keyboard of “NES-SY37,” for example, and a rendering evocative of a vintage video game will appear on a tiny LCD screen. More Continue reading

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The Best Portable Pottery Wheels for Adults
June 7, 2022

A pottery wheel is essential if you’re looking to create an object out of clay with an evenly rounded shape. Be it a mug, a vase, a plate, or something more abstract, a wheel allows you to make a symmetrical piece of pottery without fuss. Throwing is certainly a skill to be honed, but a […] Continue reading

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Luxuriant Tufted Portraits by Artist Simone Saunders Exude Black Joy

Simone Saunders’ love-based practice adds its own texture to the magic of Black joy and resilience. On Instagram, she writes:

I celebrate the wins. I know the darkness in this world, so do you. It can drag us down. And when I post, positive messaging is key for me. To share light and love and to look at the world as vibrant and colourful as it can be….It’s reflected in my textiles, to uplift narratives often tethered to dark undertones, with the gift of bright hues.

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Blooms Exude Presence and Personality in Bold Cyanotypes by Rosalind Hobley

In London-based artist Rosalind Hobley’s expressive cyanotypes, flowers assume a portrait-like quality through varied textures and supple shapes. In her Still Life series, a cast of dahlias, anemones, roses, and peonies sit like regal subjects. Originally trained in figurative sculpture, she uses light and shade to accentuate form and gesture. “I aim for my prints to have the weight and presence of a piece of sculpture,” she tells Colossal.
Cyanotype is an early form of photography, first invented in 1842, named for the monochromatic rich blue hue of its prints. More Continue reading

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The Best Charcoal Sketch Sets for Inventive Drawing
May 21, 2022

From early cave painters to Pablo Picasso to Roberto Longo, artists have long loved the expressive potential of a soft charcoal pencil or crayon. Each sweep of charcoal offers intense black color and easy blending for preliminary studies, lush landscapes, or photorealistic portraits. There is a wide variety of artist’s charcoals on the market, each […] Continue reading

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Wildflowers, Trees, and Quaint Cabins Spring From Su Blackwell’s Book Sculptures
May 19, 2022

The enchanting, imaginative narratives usually bound between the covers of a book burst from the page in the sculptures of Su Blackwell. Often sourcing materials from secondhand shops, flea markets, and library sales, the British artist, who’s based in Hastings, constructs lush gardens of birds and wildflowers and quiet cottages in the midst of evergreens that appear to emerge from vintage volumes.
Imbued with movement in the form of wind or waves, the whimisical works tend to revolve around the fleeting and finding refuge during times of loneliness and mundanity. More Continue reading

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