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Subversively Elegant Portraits of Indigenous People Drawn on Repurposed Ledgers by Artist Chris Pappan

   26 Nov 00:01:34  |  ThisIsColossal

In his mixed-media portraits, Chicago-based artist Chris Pappan draws on the tradition of ledger art, a practice that flourished among Native populations throughout the Great Plains from around 1850 to 1920. Rooted in narratives, the renderings depicted the ways of life of Indigenous people and the nuances otherwise left out of mainstream conversations. “The mid-19th Century was a tumultuous time for the Indigenous peoples of America; the doctrine of Manifest Destiny brought deep pain and suffering but it also introduced new modes of expression,” says Pappan, who is part of the Osage Nation and of Osage, Kaw, Cheyenne River Sioux, and mixed European heritage. More

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A Series of Animated Paper Video Games Evokes Digital Nostalgia

   26 Nov 00:01:33  |  ThisIsColossal

Perhaps no video game has evidenced the necessity of escapism in modern life more than Animal Crossing at the beginning of the pandemic. Players worldwide dove into the fictional universe to avoid the anxiety of daily life, a coping mechanism that a new animation by Austin-based creator Eric Power beautifully encapsulates. Set to a new song by Mixtape for the Milky Way, the short history is an ode to the charming simulation and a slew of its predecessors and contemporaries. More

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A Towering Metallic Monolith Was Just Discovered in a Remote Area of Utah

   25 Nov 00:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

The Utah Department of Public Safety has put itself to the fullest possible use by not only counting bighorn sheep roaming the region but also discovering an unusual fixture jutting out from the rocky landscape. Last week, state employees stumbled upon a nearly 12-foot-tall silver monolith while flying overhead. Mimicking the inexplicable structure in the opening scene of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the lustrous object appears to be made of metal and is located in an undisclosed area. More

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Interview: Danielle Clough Discusses Embroidery?s Lengthy History and the Tenuous Distinction Between Art and Craft

   25 Nov 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

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Steampunk Busts Sculpted from Resin and Repurposed Objects Evoke Futuristic Relics

   24 Nov 00:00:12  |  ThisIsColossal

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Digital Dancers Groove Through the Streets of Istanbul in Shape-Shifting Costumes

   24 Nov 00:00:12  |  ThisIsColossal

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Interview: Animator Anna Mantzaris Discusses Her Penchant for Nuanced Emotion and Finding Humor in the Mundane

   23 Nov 00:00:22  |  ThisIsColossal

Swedish director and animator Anna Mantzaris has a knack for expressing the frustrating, humorous, and delightful moments of everyday life. Her short films feature quirky felt characters that embody both idiosyncrasies and human commonality, an idea she conveys in works like “Enough,” which captures characters as they let their anger emerge.
Sometimes reality is better than your imagination. Sometimes when I try to make things up, I cannot make them as funny as a really good observation of something that happens. More

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An Ultra High-Resolution ?Snowflake Camera? Captures the Extraordinary Details of Snow Crystals

   22 Nov 00:00:25  |  ThisIsColossal

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Artificial Blooms: Digital Botanics Showcase the Fractals, Tessellations, and Repetitive Features of the Natural World

   22 Nov 00:00:23  |  ThisIsColossal

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Celebrating the Late Tamara Djurovic, AKA Hyuro, and Her Sincere, Monumental Murals

   21 Nov 00:00:06  |  ThisIsColossal

Argentinian artist Tamara Djurovic, who worked under the name Hyuro, died Thursday at her home in Valencia. Known for imbuing her works with sincerity, the artist utilized her large-scale pieces to capture the complexity of human emotion. Her style was distinct and subdued, and her process was informed by her concerns and questions about the world, a process she spoke of at length previously on Colossal.
During her life, Djurovic made significant strides in the international mural community that is largely male-dominated. More

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