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Contorted Limbs and Bodies Disrupt the Mundane in Surreal Photographs by Cristina Coral

   19 Feb 00:00:14  |  ThisIsColossal

Photographer Cristina Coral has an eye for subtle alterations that transform seemingly ordinary scenes into surreal images brimming with illusion. Often centered on a solitary woman, the conceptual photographs rely on texture, pattern, and the figures’ contorted poses. A limp hand protrudes from a bush, strawberry locks drape over a brocade couch, and a teacup precariously balances on a pair of feet.
Coral, who is based in Italy but frequently travels to Germany and Slovenia, currently is working on a project based on memory and what’s forgotten. More

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Write for Rights: An Illustrated Campaign for Amnesty International Aims to Free People Who Are Imprisoned

   18 Feb 00:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

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Black Art: In the Absence of Light,? a New Documentary, Celebrates the Rich Legacy of Black Art

   18 Feb 00:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

“I saw the need to build cultural awareness by helping to revise and redefine American art,” says the renowned professor, artist, and curator David Driskell in Black Art: In the Absence of Light. His words echo throughout the new HBO documentary?which was directed by Sam Pollard, with executive producers Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Jacqueline Glover?that uncovers the rich and underappreciated lineage of Black art. More

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Otherworldly Ecosystems Populate Dense, Cross-Hatched Illustrations by Song Kang

   17 Feb 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

Packed with texture and depth, Song Kang?s ink-based drawings begin with “I wonder…I wonder how this will look compared to that, or I wonder if I can mix this and that,” she says. The Atlanta-based illustrator renders rich labyrinths populated by elements from land and sea that are depicted in an otherworldly manner: candy-colored liquid drips from a bonsai, fish and butterflies coexist in the same dense ecosystem, and a maze of M.C. More

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OneClock: A Modern Take on the Analog Alarm Never Plays the Same Melody Twice

   17 Feb 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

Say goodbye to the days of being jarred awake by the alarm blaring from your iPhone. The creative team over at OneClock designed a streamlined device with the intention of rousing people in a more peaceful manner, one with soothing melodies that are in stark contrast to the startling sounds many of us hear every morning.
Minimal in aesthetic, the analog alarm is outfitted with more than 20 instrumental and vocal compositions created by musician Jon Natchez, a Grammy-award-winning artist who’s known for his work with The War on Drugs. More

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A Nairobi Entrepreneur Is Recycling Plastic Waste into Bricks That Are More Durable Than Concrete

   14 Feb 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

Collectively, we use a staggering amount of single-use plastic each year?we buy one million plastic bottles each minute around the world?most of which ends up in landfills, oceans, and other natural spaces. Nzambi Matee, a 29-year-old entrepreneur from Nairobi, is combatting this global crisis by recycling bags, containers, and other waste products into bricks used for patios and other construction projects.
Prior to launching her company, Gjenge Makers, Matee worked as a data analyst and oil-industry engineer. More

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Expressive Portraits, Line Drawings, and Foliage Are Superimposed into Rich Illustrations by Ana Santos

   14 Feb 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

At the center of Ana Santos?s practice is a commitment to discovery. The Salamanca-based illustrator fuses multiple mediums?her work ranges from watercolor, ink-based drawing, and digital painting to embroidery and ceramics?into portraits superimposed with clusters of foliage, birds, and small, black-and-white renderings, a technique she’s developed through experimentation. “Enjoying the process is very important and being open to error has given me unexpected results, which I really appreciate,” she tells Colossal.
Santos begins the layered works on paper, which she then scans to complete digitally in Photoshop. More

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Mixed-Media Portraits by Nelson Makamo Reflect Childhood Innocence and Wonder

   13 Feb 00:00:07  |  ThisIsColossal

Nelson Makamo (previously) is known for his oversized, lively portraits of the children and teens he meets around Johannesburg. Using a distinct blend of acrylic, watercolors, monotypes, silkscreen, and oil paint, the South African artist often delineates their silhouettes with a thick line of charcoal before adding colorful details to their clothing and faces. The resulting works are simultaneously earnest and imbued with a sense of wonder.
Whether posed or engaged in rowdy activities, many of the subjects sport bright, round glasses, emphasizing Makamo’s focus on viewing the world through the lens of childhood. More

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Same Energy? is a New Visual Search Engine That Finds Related Images by Style and Mood

   13 Feb 00:00:07  |  ThisIsColossal

Toronto-based developer Jacob Jackson just launched a simple visual search engine that’s particularly adept at gathering results with similar patterns, compositions, and textures. Aptly named Same Energy, the tool is still in beta and minimal by design, with a focus on the image rather than keywords. Results are grouped together by category, which generates a more comprehensive set of findings than similar searches. “We believe it should integrate a rich visual understanding, capturing the artistic style and overall mood of an image, not just the objects in it,” a statement says. More

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Crackled, Billowing Bedsheets Disguise Miniature Ghosts by Ceramicist Lisa Agnetun

   12 Feb 00:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

Adorable, mischievous, and undeniably spirited, the porcelain figures that Lisa Agnetun sculpts breathe new life into the simple, bedsheet silhouette we’ve long associated with ghosts. Brimming with personality and energy, the specters are similarly outfitted with asymmetric eye holes and fabric that bunches as their feet. “They?re dead souls, and I think it?s a challenge to make them come alive. It also gives me great pleasure and even hope to make this strong symbol of death into something playful and not scary at all,” Agnetun writes. More

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