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A Los Angeles Nonprofit Is Supporting Prison Abolition Through a Community Ceramics Practice

   14 Jan 00:00:16  |  ThisIsColossal

People’s Pottery Project (PPP) has a simple mission: “to empower formerly incarcerated women, trans, and nonbinary individuals and their communities through the arts.” The value of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit, though, reaches far beyond the ceramics studio where its members carefully sculpt and glaze dinnerware to sell from its warehouse.
At the heart of PPP is mutual aid, a form of community support and solidarity that rapidly expanded at the onset of the pandemic but that has a rich history in political movements. More

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The Wolf House: A Horror Film Plunges into the Disturbing Mind of a Child through a Blend of Stop-Motion Animation and Murals

   13 Jan 00:00:17  |  ThisIsColossal

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An Intimate Photographic Series Glimpses the Lives of the Children Who Fish in Ghana?s Lake Volta

   13 Jan 00:00:17  |  ThisIsColossal

Blanketing much of Ghana’s landscape is Lake Volta, an artificial reservoir with the largest surface area in the world. The enormous body of water spans from the southern part of the African country through the northern region and is contained by the Akosombo Dam, which generates much of the nation’s electricity.
Despite the stunning environment and rich surrounding landscape, the lake has a sinister side that photographer Jeremy Snell captures in a new book, titled Boys of Volta. More

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Interview: Photographer Jem Cresswell Speaks to the Intimacy and Humility of Documenting Humpback Whales

   12 Jan 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

For years, Sydney-based photographer Jem Cresswell (previously) has been diving into the ocean to document the otherwise unseen lives of humpback whales, a humbling experience he recounts in the latest interview supported by Colossal Members. He discusses what drew him to the mammalian subject matter and how collaborating with them during a long period has offered insight into their complex natures.
There is very little you can control underwater?you are at the mercy of the elements?and of the wildlife. More

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Photorealistic Figures Embody Childhood Wonder in Dreamy Murals by Lula Goce

   12 Jan 00:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

From New York City to Azerbaijan to Kristianstad, Sweden, artist Lula Goce transforms blank walls into ethereal artworks that illustrate childlike wonder and growth. Her murals merge photorealistic renderings of adolescent subjects with otherworldly surroundings: plumes of flowers and vines wind around the figures, serpentine creatures emerge from the plants, and shrunken landscapes rest in the children’s hands. Serene and dreamy, the works often center on children painted in subtle tones who peer into the distance or are deep in sleep. More

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A Massive Octopus and Floating Fish Comprise the Imaginary Universe in Ted Chin?s Surreal Composites

   11 Jan 00:00:12  |  ThisIsColossal

In Ted Chin?s surreal dreamland, it’s not uncommon to see massive anglerfish swimming through the sky or a figure scooping up shooting stars. The San Francisco-based artist merges idyllic landscapes and outdoor scenes with fantastical details, choosing to upturn an evergreen in mid-air or position an oversized octopus underneath a floating house. Simultaneously uncanny and calming, the composites are eye-catching and rooted in imagination. “There are things in the world that inspire childlike wonder and awe, and it is my passion to recreate and share them with the world,” the artist says. More

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Readymade Cross-Stitch and Floral Motifs Are Embroidered Directly into Porcelain Vases

   10 Jan 00:00:21  |  ThisIsColossal

Caroline Harrius merges two historically domestic crafts in her florally embroidered vases. The Stockholm-based artist shapes tall vessels and studs them with tiny holes just big enough for thread to pass through. Adorned with a readymade cross-stitch pattern or Harrius’s own floral motifs, the finished vases are semi-functional and visualize the intersections of gender and craft history, particularly in relation to decoration and purpose.
Harrius recently graduated with a master’s degree in ceramics art from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, where she began the porcelain pair. More

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Massive Octopi and Floating Fish Comprise the Imaginary Universe in Ted Chin?s Surreal Composites

   09 Jan 00:00:13  |  ThisIsColossal

In Ted Chin?s surreal dreamland, it’s not uncommon to see massive anglerfish swimming through the sky or a figure scooping up shooting stars. The San Francisco-based artist merges idyllic landscapes and outdoor scenes with fantastical details, choosing to upturn an evergreen in mid-air or position an oversized octopus underneath a floating house. Simultaneously uncanny and calming, the composites are eye-catching and rooted in imagination. “There are things in the world that inspire childlike wonder and awe, and it is my passion to recreate and share them with the world,” the artist says. More

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A Pulsating Light Room of Multi-Layered Glass by Claudia Bueno to Premiere at Meow Wolf Las Vegas

   09 Jan 00:00:13  |  ThisIsColossal

Step into Claudia Bueno?s aquarium-style installation at Meow Wolf?s new space in Las Vegas and experience the slow, oscillating movements of natural life. “Pulse” is comprised of countless white line drawings that are meticulously intertwined and superimposed on 60 glass panels. When illuminated, they mimic scores of nautilus spirals, coral, vines, and botanics that sway and throb in glowing masses.
“This is what ‘Pulse’ is, a way of creating animated volumes using layers of drawings that build up. More

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Enjoy the Art of Printmaking At Home with This Tabletop Press

   08 Jan 00:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

As an antidote to lockdown boredom, Sussex-based Tom Boulton designed a lightweight, portable printing press that brings the inky art form directly into people’s homes. In contrast to traditional machines that are heavy and bulky, the F-Press was created using 3-D printing and CNC machines and easily fits on a tabletop, letting users produce A5 artworks, greeting cards, and other type-based pieces even without access to large equipment.
Boulton’s press already reached its goal on Crowdfunder, although you still have one week to support the project. More

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