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Awash in Color, Alice Pasquini?s Murals Exude Hope and Affection

   22 Jun 20:00:14  |  ThisIsColossal

For Alice Pasquini, painting outside among pedestrians, cars, and the milieu of local life is an inherent component of her practice. The artist begins each mural by studying the intended wall and its physical qualities. Material, paint color, and various markings and damages offer indications about the area’s history and people, she says, and form a well-worn, culturally situated canvas. She then renders large-scale pieces of affectionate couples, children, and figures with extraordinarily kind and welcoming faces, expressions that contrast the largely subversive and politically charged messages synonymous with street art. More

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Paper Show: A Group Exhibition Highlights 14 Artists Exploring the Vast Potential of Paper

   22 Jun 20:00:14  |  ThisIsColossal

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Notches, Scores, and Gouges Add Textured Pattern to Kokemusu Mokkou?s Carved Wooden Creatures

   21 Jun 20:00:14  |  ThisIsColossal

Japanese artist Tomohiro Suzuki is behind the minimal wooden menagerie of Kyoto-based workshop Kokemusu Mokkou. From hunks of walnut, Suzuki carves miniature sculptures of wildlife like antelope, elephants, and bears, with innumerable divots and gouges forming the distinct textured patterns of their coats or skin. The artist tells Colossal that he focuses on achieving the natural shape of a hind leg or tusk first and uses the small impressions to add tactile depth to the creatures, which often appear mid-movement atop their metallic supports. More

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Reimagining an Iconic Midwestern Structure, Catie Newell Cuts a Slice of Sky Out of a Michigan Barn

   21 Jun 20:00:14  |  ThisIsColossal

In the township of Hume in rural eastern Michigan, an unassuming barn stands sentry in a wide-open field, partially covered in wild vines and grasses. Like many Midwestern farm structures, it’s weathered and has seen years of use and repairs, but one recent alteration makes it a standout among its counterparts: a careful cut through the middle of the structure reveals a slice of sky. Conceived by Detroit-based architect and educator Catie Newell, founder of Alibi Studio, the project reworks the iconic framework of an aging farm building to allow light through an unexpected aperture. More

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A Previously Unseen Collection of ?How to Draw? Books Picasso Made for His Daughter Are On View in Paris

   19 Jun 20:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

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Massive Leafy Murals by Adele Renault Magnify the Verdant Textures of Plants

   19 Jun 20:00:06  |  ThisIsColossal

Similar to her abstract masses of feathers, a new series of murals by artist Adele Renault highlights the vibrant colors and textures abundant in nature. Plantasia, which consists of smaller works on canvas and large-scale public pieces, magnifies the leaves from dandelions, banana trees, stinging nettle, and other species. Enlarging the specimens to reveal the intricate vein networks and subtle grooves in their midst, the lush murals are bright standouts among largely urban landscapes. More

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Hundreds of Minuscule Figures Unite in Pejac?s New ?Welcome? Mat Intervention in Aberdeen

   18 Jun 20:00:19  |  ThisIsColossal

The entrance to a building housing some of Aberdeen’s most vulnerable residents and charity organizations is the site of the latest work by Pejac (previously). Comprised of minuscule figures congregating as a welcome mat, the streetside intervention confronts the hardships people face when relegated to society’s margins. The idea is that they’re “tired of being stepped over,” the artist says, and that there’s hope, dignity, and pride to be found when we’re united. More

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Kinetic Actions Trigger Mesmerizing Tessellations and Patterns in an Absorbing Short Film

   18 Jun 20:00:18  |  ThisIsColossal

Basic geometric forms like circles, triangles, and lines alchemize into a hypnotic study of patterns in a new short film from the Barcelona-based Diatomic Studio. Part of their Tiles series, the animation applies kinetic principles to minimal, black-and-white renderings. The actions, which include transaction, rotation, and trajectory, transform the otherwise static shapes into mesmerizing tessellations and increasingly complex and dizzying motifs. For more of Diatomic Studio’s experiments in geometry and physics, head to Vimeo. More

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A Typographic Tribute Honors the Residents and Neighbors of a Now-Demolished House in Sainte-Marie

   17 Jun 20:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

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Light Pierces Through Colorful Haze Suspended Above the Composite Landscapes in ?Metamorphe

   17 Jun 20:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

In the unearthly Metamorphe series, smoke-like masses swirl around hoodoos and dunes dotting the terrain. A mysterious air pervades the six illuminated works, which blend the drone-light photographs of Reuben Wu (previously) with Jenni Pasanen?s digital creations produced through artificial intelligence. Each piece envisions the earth’s surface following metamorphosis when living beings are extinct and only the landscape remains.
Named after human senses, the otherworldly composites imagine topographies brimming with enormous formations of stone and sand to explore the “sublime and beyond emotion,” the artists say. More

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