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Using Found Twigs, Artist Chris Kenny Assembles Tiny Dancing Figures and Minimal Portraits

   17 hours ago  |  ThisIsColossal

By gathering and piecing together small twigs, London-born Chris Kenny crafts collections of dancing figures, abstract portraits, and even a small baby. As Kottke explains, the artist’s sparse creations rely heavily on the human desire to see objects or patterns in inanimate objects, a term called pareidolia. Kenny shares many of his constructions on twigsaints, an Instagram account he dedicates to likening singular twig figures to saints, like St. More

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A New Short Film Demonstrates the Difficulty of Escaping City Life

   17 hours ago  |  ThisIsColossal

Breaking free from urban life is no easy feat for the main figure in “Le Silence de la rue,” or “The Silence of the street.” The monochromatic film produced by Miyu Productions, which is led by Emmanuel-Alain Raynal and Pierre Baussaron, details the stark dichotomy of spending time in unaltered natural spaces and in a dirty, bustling neighborhood. Opening with a blooming flower, the gloomy film turns to a black being who struggles to stay afoot in the dense streets as a horde of anonymous figures push by. More

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Become a Piano Savant with This Clever Guide to Classic Tunes by Christoph Niemann

   23 Jan 00:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

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Exploring the Liminal Spaces of Joshua Flint?s Surreal Paintings

   23 Jan 00:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

Through hazy lines and obscured faces, Joshua Flint (previously) reflects on the blurriness of in-between states in his most recent paintings. “Big Earth” shows a group of kids reaching up toward red- and pink-hued orbs that are set on a shadowy backdrop, while “Memory of Nature I” features a portrait of a man with a nondescript face as an enlarged hummingbird flies so close that it appears to be drinking from the man’s mouth. More

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Through Monochromatic Photographs, Aleksey Myakishev Documents Rural Life in Russia

   22 Jan 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

Born in Kirov and now based in Moscow, photographer Aleksey Myakishev is adept at capturing the simple moments of life and transforming them into alluring black-and-white images. Taken mostly throughout Russia, his projects tend to focus on unassuming subjects as they navigate their daily lives. In one photograph, three figures walk over a snow-covered landscape away from a lit firework, and in another, Myakishev creates an uncanny juxtaposition between a hilly horizon and a man swinging a child by his hands as a winter boot flies from his foot. More

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Brass Horns Mounted in Interactive Sculptures by Steve Parker Emit Sound By Touch

   22 Jan 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

Artist and musician Steve Parker?s latest interactive projects invite viewers to feel the music??literally. Activated by touch, “Ghost Box” plays randomized audio segments on a loop, including the ticks of Morse Code, the chorus of spirituals, and the blows of the shofar and Iron Age Celtic carnyx. Each time someone makes contact with a part of the wall sculpture, a new noise emits. Inspired by WWII era short wave radio, the mounted piece is constructed from a mix of salvaged brass, tactical maps, paper musical scores, wires, map pins, electronics, audio components, and an instrument case. More

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Dlectricity, Detroit?s Light and Art Festival, is Now Accepting Artist Applications

   21 Jan 00:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

For three electrifying weekends in 2012, 2014, and 2017, Dlectricity brought thousands of people into Midtown Detroit to experience 40 luminous projects by local, national, and international artists. This ambitious nighttime festival is back again with an expanded footprint, September 25-26, 2020, to transform Detroit with site-specific installations of light, video, performance, sound, interactive engineering, and nonconformist architecture. From lasers and 3D mapping to dance performances and large-scale video projections, we want to see what you create. More

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Delicate Embroideries Feature Anatomically Accurate Lungs, Brain, and Facial Vessels

   20 Jan 00:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

The key to a healthy heart is a diet full of fiber, and Emmi Khan is ensuring her heart?and lungs and brain?don’t miss out. The Cardiff-based artist embroiders anatomically accurate organs and systems, from a multicolored double helix to a profile view of facial vessels. The artist often weaves in floral and natural elements, bolstering the connection between beauty, anatomy, and the environment.
Khan tells Colossal she began the craft while studying biomedical sciences and has continued creating throughout her graduate study in medicine. More

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Neon Hues Paint Puddles of ?Regular Rain? in Images by Slava Semeniuta

   20 Jan 00:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

Russian artist and photographer Slava Semeniuta (aka VISUAL SCIENTIST) retouches digital photographs of puddles to create vibrant compositions of “REGULAR RAIN.” Every color of the light spectrum is reflected in neon on the smooth surface of water as it falls and sits on the asphalt. The macro view of wet streets creates a cosmic feeling for common terrestrial scenes.
Semeniuta tells Colossal that he was inspired to create the photo series a couple of weeks ago in Sochi. More

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Squishy Flesh Suits Quilted by Textile Artist Daisy Collingridge

   19 Jan 00:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

London-based artist Daisy Collingridge layers amorphous blobs of fabric and textiles to form wearable pastel-colored body suits. With names like Burt, Clive, and Lippy, each member of Collingridge’s family has a personality that matches his/her form. Inspired by human anatomy and infused with elements of fantasy and impulse, the artist says that the costumes are an exercise in “pushing quilting to the absolute extreme.”
Each new character begins with the construction of the head. More

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