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Bizarre Wide-Eyed Hybrids Reflect Imagined Landscapes in Naoto Hattori?s Miniature Paintings

   05 Sep 00:00:07  |  ThisIsColossal

At once adorable and unnervingly surreal, the fantastical creatures rendered by Naoto Hattori (previously) seamlessly meld the myriad textures and colors found in nature into unusual hybrids. They’re often fluffy, equipped with horns in surprising spots, and bear eyes so inordinately large and glassy that they reflect full-scale landscapes. Whether a furry sea horse-like character or a large bulbous head floating mid-air, the figures are musings on Hattori’s experiences. “When I (am) lucid dreaming, I imagine myself as a floating hybrid creature or something in harmony with nature,” he tells Colossal. More

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Innumerable Metal Leaves and Flowers Cloak Intricately Sculpted Animals by Taiichiro Yoshida

   04 Sep 00:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

Japanese artist Taiichiro Yoshida (previously) continues his surveys into the possibilities of metalsmithing with a new series of elaborately layered sculptures. Spending between two and six months on each work, Yoshida meticulously molds copper, bronze, silver, and other materials by hand, creating countless metallic pieces with intricately impressed textures and edgings. Once wrapped around an armature of a dog, chick, or stuffed teddy bear, the fragile components ripple across the form, or as is the case with “The Dog in the Night Fog,” they appear as dozens of butterflies poised for flight. More

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Eerie Photos Frame the Dense Fog Shrouding Waves as They Swell Along the Los Angeles Coast

   04 Sep 00:00:16  |  ThisIsColossal

Through a thick blanket of morning mist, Raf Maes documents the serene waves that surge along the coastline near Venice, Los Angeles. The moody, eerie images capture the powerful energy of the ocean as it ripples across the frame in a single, long line. “I love the juxtaposition between the roughness of the ever-changing sea and the calming effect it has on me. Somehow I manage to translate that calmness also in my images, while the subject is pretty wild,” he says. More

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   03 Sep 00:00:17  |  ThisIsColossal

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September 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

   03 Sep 00:00:16  |  ThisIsColossal

Every month, Colossal shares a selection of opportunities for artists and designers, including open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies. If you’d like to list an opportunity here, please get in touch at hello@colossal.art. You can also join our monthly Opportunities Newsletter.
Open Calls
Lincoln Park Gallery Without Walls Mural Project
The Lincoln Park Gallery Without Walls Mural Project will award one muralist or artist collective from Newark or the greater Newark area a $5,000 stipend to complete a public work near the historic New Ark Cathedral Church and the Dryden Mansion. More

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Origins: Striking Photos Document the Sights of Contemporary Conservation Efforts

   02 Sep 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

Spanning the icy downpours of the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard to the intimate portraits of the people of Papua New Guinea, the profound photographs that comprise an exhibition at Hilton Asmus Contemporary in Chicago are a perceptive consideration of the issues at the center of today’s conservation efforts. Titled Origins, the show brings together the work of artists and marine biologists Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen, who pair their creative practices with their work at the nonprofit Sea Legacy. More

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A Short Film Dives into the 15-Year Process Behind the Documentary ?Fantastic Fungi

   02 Sep 00:00:07  |  ThisIsColossal

We shared footage of the mesmerizing mycelium networks pulsing underneath our feet back in 2019 to mark the opening of Louie Schwartzberg?s Fantastic Fungi, and now the dedicated director takes viewers behind the scenes to show his painstaking process. Filmed throughout a 15-year period in his home studio, Schwartzberg’s timelapses zero in on myriad spores as they burst open, sprawl in every direction, and morph in color and texture. More

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Interview: Sara Hagale Discusses the Therapeutic Nature of Her Practice and Why She Doesn?t Think About Authenticity

   01 Sep 00:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

Considering their undeniable relatability, it’s no surprise that Sara Hagale?s witty, whimsical, and at times anxious drawings have amassed an incredible following in recent years, a topic she discusses in a new interview supported by Colossal Members. Her body of work is broad and idiosyncratic, spanning fanciful bouquets of leggy flowers to smudged self-portraits to quirky characters struggling through life, and it offers an array of emotional and aesthetic nuances that are unique to the artist. More

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Sprawling Paper-Pulp Mobiles by Yuko Nishikawa Suspend Whimsically Colored Pods in the Air

   01 Sep 00:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

Hanging from the ceiling like candy-colored droplets, the paper-pulp mobiles by Yuko Nishikawa turn a stark gallery into a whimsical dreamscape. The Brooklyn-based artist fashions wide, sloping vessels and punctured rings from recycled packages, old diaries, sketches, and other waste materials, forming individual pods that attach to sprawling metal armature. Ephemeral in material and design, each piece is created with the intention that it will be unassembled and reverted back to its muddled form for resculpting. More

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Macro Photos Frame an Ant-Mimicking Jumping Spider that Radiates an Iridescent Sheen

   31 Aug 00:00:41  |  ThisIsColossal

The diverse taxonomic order of spiders is brimming with strange biological phenomena: black widows have been known to cannibalize their mates, tarantulas are covered in barbed urticating hairs that they fling in defense similar to porcupines, and others have evolved to mimic the shape and pheromones of an ant to avoid predators.
On a recent trip to a wooded area in Santa Claus, Indiana, photographer Kevin Wiener uncovered one of the latter species, the tutelina similis, and snapped a few macro shots of the 6-millimeter creature. More

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