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Contemporary Films Are Reimagined as Vintage Book Covers by Illustrator Matt Stevens

   20 Jun 00:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

Generally, the adaptation pipeline begins with books and ends in film, but Charlotte-based designer and illustrator Matt Stevens has turned that process around. For an ongoing project that’s simply titled Good Movies as Old Books, Stevens reimagines contemporary movies as vintage paperbacks and cloth-bound texts, covering Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, Jordan Peele’s Us, and Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, one of the illustrator’s favorite editions. More

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Foxes Caught in Dramatic Squabbles and Sleepy Coils by Photographer Konsta Punkka

   20 Jun 00:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

Each spring, Helsinki-born photographer Konsta Punkka (previously) stakes out dens, showing he’s as clever in strategy as the foxes he’s hoping to encounter. This commitment to hours lying on cold, wet ground for hours on end has afforded a splendid array of photographs depicting the furry creatures as they tussle, play, and sometimes, expend pent-up energy gnawing on cars. “Fox cubs are often naturally very curious, so all you need to do is to keep a safe distance from the den area and just lay in the ground and wait. More

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A Minimally Animated Paper Box Expresses a Surprising Range of Human Emotions

   19 Jun 00:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

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Hand-Tufted Patches of Color Form Lush Fiber Portraits by Artist Simone Saunders

   19 Jun 00:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

Alberta-based artist Simone Saunders hand-tufts bold, colorful portraits with themes of identity and Black history woven throughout. Crafting vibrant patches of fibers that form eyes, lips, and garments, Saunders casts her earnest subjects against austere backgrounds, which sometimes are marked with “Black Lives Matter.”
The textured artworks serve as a site for conversation, prompting questions about race relations and societal injustices. “Textiles engage upon a search for belonging: studying the Black female body, personal identities, and a connection to Black history,” the artist tells Colossal. More

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A Lounging Humpback Whale and Her Newborn Garner Top Prize in International Photography Contest

   18 Jun 00:01:37  |  ThisIsColossal

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In Artist Adrian Brandon?s Incomplete Portraits, A Year of Life Equals One Minute of Color

   18 Jun 00:01:28  |  ThisIsColossal

When Adrian Brandon starts to color a portrait, he sets a timer. For his rendering of Breonna Taylor, the clock is set to 26 minutes?for George Floyd, 46 minutes, for Tony McDade, 38, and for Aiyana Stanley Jones, just seven. “When the alarm sounds, I am hit with a wave of emotions ranging from anger, to deep sadness, to hopelessness, to feeling lucky that I am still here,” he says.
The Brooklyn-based artist is working on Stolen, a series of partially filled-in depictions of Black people murdered by police. More

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Gripping a Plastic Bag, A Massive Fox by Artist Florentijn Hofman Towers Over Rotterdam

   17 Jun 00:00:06  |  ThisIsColossal

Residents of Rotterdam’s Bospolder-Tussendijken frequently spot bushy-tailed foxes roaming their streets at night, but now, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has given the carnivorous animal a permanent home in the area. He recently installed a massive “Bospolder Fox” that peers over a busy intersection in the neighborhood. Spanning 16 meters, the fox holds a pink bag in its mouth, a gesture that anthropomorphizes the wild animal, as Hofman asks, “Has the Bospolder Fox stolen something? More

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Today, All New Colossal Membership Fees Will Be Donated to NAACP and Black Art Futures Fund

   17 Jun 00:00:06  |  ThisIsColossal

For the next 24 hours, Colossal is donating 100% of all new membership fees to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Black Art Futures Fund?an emerging organization that promotes the elevation and preservation of Black arts and culture. Whether a monthly, annual, or lifetime plan, all fees will be split between these two funds today, and as a reminder, gift memberships are available. Become a Colossal Member today, and join us in making a meaningful contribution. More

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Bunch Auctions Offers 20th- and 21st-Century Fine Art From the Stephen Heighton Collection

   16 Jun 00:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

On June 30, Bunch Auctions? 20th- and 21st-Century Fine Art Auction draws together a remarkable selection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and media art by influential contemporary artists. The 278-lot sale is derived from two private collections and offers a variety of American, European, and South Asian works.
The headliner of the auction, Nina Chanel Abney?s “Untitled (Black Soap),” is a massive, 19-foot triptych and was the first the artist sold in a gallery. More

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Sprawling Roots and Richly Hued Gowns Permeate Mary Sibande?s Postcolonial Artworks

   16 Jun 00:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

The immensity and depth of Mary Sibande?s multi-media artworks reflect the magnitude of her subject matter, which explicitly entwines the enduring effects of British imperialism and the apartheid. Through photographs, sculptures, and sprawling installations that scale floor to ceiling, the South African artist most often features a central Black woman, who is shown enveloped in purple roots or grasping thick, black thread dangling from a nearby portrait.
Named Sophie, the figure’s role is subversive and one that sheds light on the particularly “cruel history of Black female oppression and its implications in contemporary life?in particular, perception and ownership of freedom.” Sophie is dressed in color-specific costumes resembling Victorian-era clothing and often is wrapped in an apron, a garment synonymous with domestic work. More

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