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Using Naturally Dyed Cotton, Artist Sipho Mabona Explores Transformation through Origami

   10 Sep 00:00:35  |  ThisIsColossal

Sipho Mabona (previously) folds, crimps, and puckers sheets of cotton to form geometric artworks. The artist dyes the porous material with natural substances like indigo and Maclura tinctoria (mulberry), which creates organic gradients and alters its texture. He then utilizes Origami creases to transform the cotton’s structure and shape, sometimes working in response to current affairs. For example, the red pieces (shown below) are a response to Black Lives Matter and “also of biographical significance to me having a father that was a politcal activist and refugee from South Africa.” he shares with Colossal. More

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SVA?s Fall 2020 Continuing Education Courses Begin September 28

   09 Sep 00:00:26  |  ThisIsColossal

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Selfish: An Animated Short Explores the Tragic Impacts of Plastic Pollution

   09 Sep 00:00:26  |  ThisIsColossal

In “Selfish,” what opens with a benign scene at a sushi restaurant quickly turns into a dire assessment of plastic pollution. Created by Canada-based animator PoChien Chen, the appropriately named film begins by a chef plucking a detergent bottle from a pile of fresh fish, assembling various dishes made entirely of waste material, and subsequently serving them to a horrified trio of aquatic life. It then dives into a disturbing series of facts and figures about the current state of our oceans and the effects of pollution on wildlife. More

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Translucent Sculptures of Segmented Glass by Artist Jiyong Lee Evoke Single-Celled Organisms

   06 Sep 00:00:12  |  ThisIsColossal

Fascinated by the organisms found in the sea and bodies of freshwater, artist Jiyong Lee (previously) sculpts semi-transparent artworks that evoke the various forms of algae and other microscopic creatures. The segmented pieces, which are composed of smooth, matte glass, create both organic and geometric shapes. Part of an ongoing Segmentation Series, the composite works consider the evolution of a single cell, which Lee expands on:
I work with glass that has transparency and translucency, two qualities that serve as perfect metaphors for what is known and unknown about life science. More

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Build Your Own Trick-Savvy Dog with This DIY Robotics Kit

   06 Sep 00:00:12  |  ThisIsColossal

The days of expensive training lessons for your dogs have come to an end. Thanks to Petoi (previously), you can build your own robotic pup that’s programmed to perform basic commands from the get-go. The agile canine, named Bittle, moves just like a live animal would and because of its spring-loaded upper legs, can navigate bumpy terrain and flip itself over when it lands on its back.
Fitting in the palm of a hand, the automated design is battery operated and can be taught new tricks by uploading new programs you can write yourself. More

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The World?s Longest Glass-Bottom Bridge Stretches Across the Lianjiang River in China

   05 Sep 00:00:05  |  ThisIsColossal

Extending 526.14 meters, a new glass-bottom bridge in China’s Huangchuan Three Gorges Scenic Area now ranks as the longest in the world. The lengthy structure is the project of the firm Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University and looms 201 meters above the Lianjiang River. Bright red towers mark either end, with an 8.8-meter-wide deck running between them. Three layers of 4.5-centimeter-thick glass lined with steel compose the transparent bridge, which is suspended with cables and can hold 500 people. More

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A Staggering Sculptural Rug by Artist Faig Ahmed Pours into an Amorphous Puddle

   05 Sep 00:00:05  |  ThisIsColossal

Known for his sculptural textiles, Faig Ahmed fuses contemporary glitches and distortions with traditional weaving techniques. A recent artwork, titled “Doubts,” is one of his larger pieces that while conventionally shaped and patterned on top, appears to ooze out into a massive puddle. A stunning piece, the ornate motif blurs into swirls of color and an amorphous shape on the floor.
The Baku, Azerbaijan-based artist (previously) said in a statement that he began “Doubts” about one month prior to widespread lockdowns due to COVID-19. More

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Uncoiled Rope Sprawls Across Canvases and Open Spaces in Organic Forms by Artist Janaina Mello Landini

   04 Sep 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

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Limp Balloons Slump Over Each Other in Pastel Sculptures by Artist Joe Davidson

   04 Sep 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

In varying states of deflation, Joe Davidson?s pastel balloons sag, slump, and flop in every direction. The limp, elongated forms are stacked on top of one another in seemingly precarious piles and resemble latex tubes filled with days-old air. While the sculptures are playful in both color and form, the Los Angeles-based artist notes that they also hold earnest themes of masculinity and aging, two concepts he’s thinking about often.
Davidson prefers to explore new materials and those beyond the bronze, stone, and wood typically used in this medium. More

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   03 Sep 00:00:12  |  ThisIsColossal

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