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Elaborately Constructed Figures by ?People Too? Create a Cast of Quintessential Characters in Paper

   12 Sep 00:00:23  |  ThisIsColossal

If you ran into Nitro, Lotto, Sully, or the rest of their troupe on the street, it’d be easy enough to imagine their respective personalities and lifestyles: Nitro is the lax skateboarder who’s always in some state of disarray, Lotto the eccentric and elusive creative, and Sully the file-toting employee who spends her days sitting in meetings, optimizing her schedule, and adding tasks to her to-do list. Easily recognizable and maybe even uncomfortably relatable, the archetypal characters are the creations of artists Alexey Lyapunov and Lena Erlich, who are known for their illustrations and elaborate constructions made from paper. More

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A Mesmerizing Animation Spins Through Banknotes From 23 Countries in a Hypnotic Look at What Cultures Value

   12 Sep 00:00:23  |  ThisIsColossal

An endless loop of lines, ornate motifs, emblems, and historical figures converge in a hypnotic animation by Los Angeles-based director Lachlan Turczan. Paired with Blake Mills?s subdued track “Money Is The One True God,” the music video is comprised of high-resolution scans spliced together in a mesmerizing rotation. The compilation reveals colorful snippets of currency from 23 countries dating from the 1800s to the present day?these include a portrait of rebellion leader Samuel Sharpe on the Jamaican 50 dollar bill, an engraving of Tenochtitlan on a 100 peso, and a kaleidoscopic sunset on China’s 5 yuan?that show how notions of value have evolved over time. More

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A Verdant Rainforest Lush with Plants and Giant Macaws Blankets Annabel?s Facade in London

   11 Sep 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

Sprawling from sidewalk to roof and lining the entrance to Annabel’s in London is a luxuriant installation teeming with ferns, florals, and a flock of vibrant, oversized birds hovering nearby. Evocative of an abundant rainforest habitat, the staggering piece is part of the club’s inaugural Annabel?s for The Amazon initiative, which launches later this month in collaboration with One Tree Planted and The Caring Family Foundation.
Together, their goal is to combat deforestation by planting one million trees by March 2023, a number that equals about 600 hectares of forests otherwise lost, and renew biodiversity in the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor, which currently consists of patchwork plots destroyed by agriculture, logging, and other devastating projects. More

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Nick Cave?s Energetic ?Soundsuits? Dance Along the New York City Subway in a 360-Foot Mosaic

   11 Sep 00:00:07  |  ThisIsColossal

Spanning the 42 St. Connector between Times Square and Bryant Park in New York City are a troupe of dancing figures dressed in vibrant costumes of feather and fur. The ebullient characters are based on the iconic series of Soundsuits by Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (previously) and are the first part of a massive permanent installation titled Each One, Every One, Equal All in the public transit corridor. More

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Imaginative Cartoon Characters by Yen Jui-Lin Express Playful Moods in Carved Wood

   09 Sep 00:00:20  |  ThisIsColossal

Sporting waggish smiles or wide grimaces, Yen Jui-Lin?s wooden carvings are expressive characters that appear straight from a storybook. The Taiwanese craftsman (previously) stretches quirky figures, slices their bodies in half, and sprouts plant-like growths from their heads, exaggerating their cartoonish qualities in a playful and whimsical manner. Whether a character or plant, each work is evidence of his imaginative style and skillful process, which starts with a pencil sketch and gnarly hunk of wood?he shares more about his technique on Instagram?before becoming fully realized form. More

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Nondescript Human Heads Appear Burned into Large-Scale Matches by Wolfgang Stiller

   09 Sep 00:00:20  |  ThisIsColossal

Often propped up in a row or symbolically arranged, the ongoing series of charred matches by Wolfgang Stiller are oversized and surreal renditions of the book-bound lookalikes. The German artist sculpts human heads in bright red or gradient-lined black signaling previous use that sit atop the square posts standing about five feet tall. Aptly titled Matchstickmen, the nondescript figures span the gamut of human emotion, ranging from pained expressions and distress to joy and calm. More

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SVA?s Fall 2021 Continuing Education Courses Begin September 20

   08 Sep 00:00:30  |  ThisIsColossal

Whether it?s to advance your career or try something new, the Division of Continuing Education at the School of Visual Arts offers more than 170 courses to choose from. Visit sva.edu/ce to view free events and all virtual and on-campus courses, which begin September 20.
Online courses are available in:

Advertising
Animation
Art & Activism
Design
Film
Fine Arts
Global Arts
Illustration and Cartooning
Interior Design
Photography and Video
Professional Development
Visual and Critical Studies
Visible Futures Lab
Visual Narrative
Writing

Free Virtual Events & Information Sessions
Registration Details
Course Advice
If you need advice or have questions, please email ce@sva.edu to connect with a course advisor. More

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A Public Art Project Linking Environmental Concerns and Social Justice Brings Eight Murals to Essex

   08 Sep 00:00:29  |  ThisIsColossal

A spate of public art is flooding the streets of Basildon in Essex, England as part of a new initiative that falls at the intersection of social and environmental justice. Throughout the summer, curators Doug Gillen and Charlotte Pyatt, who are operating together as Re:FRAMED, tasked eight artists with creating large-scale murals and smaller painted works as part of Our Towns: Climate. The resulting pieces reconsider some of today’s most pressing issues through the lens of local art and include a glitched technicolor horse by Aches, INSA?s floral windows, and Michele Curtis?s bright message of support. More

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Launched in Detroit This Summer, A Black-Led Mural Festival Wants to Revitalize Neighborhoods with Public Art

   06 Sep 00:00:17  |  ThisIsColossal

Murals have long been associated with placemaking because of their unparalleled ability to transform underutilized corridors and city stretches into spaces primed for cultural gatherings, tourism, and subsequently, economic growth. This revitalizing potential is what drives a biannual festival that launched in Detroit earlier this summer as it dramatically altered the urban landscape of the city’s central North End neighborhood.
Back in July, BLKOUT Walls saw the work of 19 muralists produced across the area, which was once regarded as an entertainment hub that produced famed Motown talents like including Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, the Four Tops, and Aretha Franklin. More

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Bees Embed Ava Roth?s Organic Mixed-Media Artworks in Waxy Honeycomb

   05 Sep 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

In collaboration with master beekeeper Mylee Nordin and swarms of the honey-producing insects, artist Ava Roth develops elaborate encaustic works that literally visualize the interaction between humans and the environment. The Toronto-based artist stitches small collages with leaves, twigs, rose quartz, porcupine quills, and other organic matter before handing control over to her six-legged counterparts, who faithfully build hexagonal cells around the original piece. Once complete, the waxy inter-species works are brimming with texture and color variances that highlight the inherent beauty and unpredictability of nature. More

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