Industrial Materials Reconstruct Local History on a Monumental Scale in Public Sculptures by David Mach
November 30, 2022

Known for sculptures and assemblages that utilize everyday objects like bricks, coat hangers, and matches, Scottish artist David Mach has embarked on numerous large-scale, public projects that draw inspiration from local history. In his monumental “Brick Train” in Darlington, he taps into regional heritage through the use of red brick and the depiction of a life-size steam locomotive. The industrial revolution of the 19th century spurred a need to move materials like coal and steel around the country, and the first railway to use steam engines to transport passengers also originated in the area. More

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Metal Sculptor Shota Suzuki Crafts Exquisitely Detailed Blooms That Express the Passing of Time
November 25, 2022

Tender stems bear lush blooms and windswept leaves gather around new growth in artist Shota Suzuki’s delicate metal sculptures. Rendered in painstaking detail, the forms are inspired by flora around his home and studio in Kyoto, such as Japanese maple trees and dandelions that have gone to seed. “Recently, I have been adding rain and wind to my work,” he tells Colossal, sharing that he’s inspired by the way nature demonstrates the passing of time. More

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Hoard: A Look At Fashion Icon Jerry Lauren’s Weathervanes

Hoard is a new monthly column on collectibles, collections, and collectors outside of the fine arts by Shanti Escalante-De Mattei. “I don’t collect weathervanes,” Jerry Lauren said as he showed me his collection of weathervanes. “I collect art.” I had come on the wrong day, mixed up next Friday for this Friday, so I caught Jerry […] Continue reading

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The Best Acrylic Paint Markers for Opaque Color
October 19, 2022

Love acrylic painting but dread the mess? Pick up a set of acrylic paint markers, which allow you to lay down controlled, neat lines that look just like paint and are generally more opaque than those made by solvent-based markers. Acrylic paint markers can be used on paper and canvas, of course, but they also […] Continue reading

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Innumerable Safety Pins Link into Tamiko Kawata’s Sculptures that Juxtapose Chaos with Quietude
October 18, 2022

The humble safety pin finds itself at the center of Tamiko Kawata’s meditative practice as its assembled into metallic wall hangings and sculptures that bulge and protrude from their bases. Accentuating the interplay of light and shadow, the Japan-born New York-based artist, who is almost 90 years old and still working, capitalizes on the simplicity of the thin wire and clasps. She groups and links the fasteners into sprawling forms or textures pieces that evoke tapestries woven with different colored threads. More Continue reading

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Metallic Crystals Sprout from Daniel Arsham’s Eroded Sculptures That Warp the Passage of Time
October 13, 2022

Six of Daniel Arsham’s eroded sculptures are scattered across Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of a spacious outdoor exhibition that explores the inevitability of decay. Referencing both pop culture and art history, Relics in The Landscape features massive works of patinaed bronze embedded with patches of metallic, crystal-esque forms. “As history progresses, all objects become antiquated, and in some way, they all become ruins or relics, disused or buried. More Continue reading

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Photographer Stéphan Gladieu Documents the Congolese Street Children Turning Waste into Wonder
September 2, 2022

“So dramatic, so strong, so visual,” artist Stéphan Gladieu said of his first encounter with the revival of an ancestral folk art movement in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Kinshasa is the capital of Congo but also one of the many places American and European countries send their waste. Though doing so is illegal, wealthier nations still export tons of debris with the knowledge that these places do not have the resources to treat or recycle it. More Continue reading

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In a Patterned Menagerie, Artist Anne Lemanski Stitches Printed Papers into Animal Forms
August 11, 2022

Constellations, butterflies, and bold checkered prints overlay the animalistic forms by Anne Lemanski. Beginning with a copper armature, the North Carolina-based artist stretches vintage paper or patterns of scanned objects across a minimal metal form and stitches the edges together into a geometric patchwork.
Ranging from abstract shapes to illustrations and photos, the printed motifs evoke each character’s temperament, presence, and overall essence. “Stella Terra,” for example, is sheathed in white paper, and images of animals and objects speckle the ephemeral material similar to the spotted coat of the live Appaloosa counterpart. More Continue reading

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Two Curtains of 30,000 Prescription Lenses Cast a Distorted Water-Like Glimmer Across a Beijing Gallery
July 25, 2022

Suspended from an undulating metal rod, two translucent patchwork curtains of prescription eyeglasses evoke the gleaming shimmer of a waterfall. The disorienting installation is the second in a series of optical works by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett (previously), who created a smaller kinetic piece centered around the concept of collective vision back in 2015.
Larger in scale and greater in material than the first, “And Between Us, An Ocean” utilizes 30,000 recycled polycarbonate plastic lenses sourced from a Beijing factory and Calgary recycling center. More Continue reading

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Through Organic Sculptural Furniture, Artist Nacho Carbonell Channels the Sensual Details of the Mediterranean
June 29, 2022

Evoking the textures and colors of his native Valencia, the sculptural furniture pieces by Spanish artist Nacho Carbonell are sensual interpretations of life in the Mediterranean. A bulbous, metal mesh canopy sprouts from a rugged pink seat, small wooden sticks comprise the sinuous patterns on a buffet, and a vibrant mosaic takes the form of a headphone-shaped lamp. Tactile and potentially functional, the objects reference the natural, sun-soaked environment of Carbonell’s childhood, in addition to art historical traditions like those of 15th Century painter Hieronymus Bosch and 20th Century Austrian sculptor Franz West. More Continue reading

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The Best Bulletin Boards for Keeping Sight of Your Ideas
June 24, 2022

A bulletin board is a mainstay in any school, office, or studio. You can use one to make classroom and hallway displays; tack up important documents, calendars, and schedules; keep sentimental notes and small mementos; or create mood boards. Though they can be made of metal, fabric, or foam board, most are made of cork. […] Continue reading

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A Daily Sculpture Project by Frode Bolhius Spawns a Quirky Colorful Cast of Tiny Figures
June 16, 2022

Wander into Frode Bolhuis’s Almere-based studio, and you’ll be introduced to an entire cast of characters pinned to the wall. There’s one figure picking at the tufts of her broom-like head, another sporting a bubble gum pink suit resembling the Michelin man, and a woman swaddled in a cozy, fabric cocoon.
Sculpted primarily from polymer clay, the miniature works are part of the Dutch artist’s ongoing project that involves creating a few of the colorful personas each week. More Continue reading

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