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Otherworldly Vistas and Noble Portraits Celebrate Life?s Mysteries in Sherman Beck?s Vibrant Paintings

   06 Jun 20:00:11  |  ThisIsColossal

One of the original ten members of the groundbreaking Chicago-based artist collective AFRICOBRA founded in 1968, Sherman Beck paints vibrant portrayals of Black family, ancestry, and community that celebrate the wonder and mysticism of everyday life. In a retrospective at Kavi Gupta, paintings made during the past five decades explore themes of cultural identity, multidimensional time and space, and the origins of life.
In Ancestors, a series of untitled works from the 1990s, Beck juxtaposes traditional African masks, labeled as if in a museum display, alongside contemporary Black faces. More

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Massive Butterflies Alight on Architecture in Larger-Than-Life Trompe L?oeil Murals by Mantra

   04 Jun 20:00:14  |  ThisIsColossal

In October 2020, a remarkable scene unfolded on the side of a building in the neighborhood of Jussieu in Versailles, France. Larger-than-life ladybug legs scurry along a stem, violet flowers blossom, and ornate butterflies perch on delicate petals. Over the course of six days, the French street artist Mantra completed the painting “La? ou? fleurit l?e?merveillement,” which translates to “where wonder flourishes,” using rollers and brushes to apply acrylic painting to the multistory residential building. More

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Vivid Compositions in Thread Enliven Hollow Spaces in Diana Yevtukh?s Striking Embroideries

   03 Jun 20:00:17  |  ThisIsColossal

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In Clever Stop Motion Tutorials by Omozoc, Wooden Boards Slice Like Sticks of Butter

   03 Jun 20:00:19  |  ThisIsColossal

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Layers of Intricately Cut Paper Evoke Strength and Vulnerability in Christine Kim?s Elegant Collages

   02 Jun 20:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

In intricately cut collages by Ontario-based artist Christine Kim, flowers, foliage, and crown-like adornments encompass anonymous portraits. Painted floral motifs on carefully torn pieces of paper paired with slats of wood appear like lath exposed beneath ornate wallpaper, providing a backdrop for the elegant silhouettes. The elaborate designs of the figures’ headdresses suggest wrought iron with delicate strands of plants or ribbon partially obscuring their faces. In her series Paper Thin, Kim explores myriad techniques for working with the ubiquitous material. More

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Blooms Exude Presence and Personality in Bold Cyanotypes by Rosalind Hobley

   02 Jun 20:00:11  |  ThisIsColossal

In London-based artist Rosalind Hobley’s expressive cyanotypes, flowers assume a portrait-like quality through varied textures and supple shapes. In her Still Life series, a cast of dahlias, anemones, roses, and peonies sit like regal subjects. Originally trained in figurative sculpture, she uses light and shade to accentuate form and gesture. “I aim for my prints to have the weight and presence of a piece of sculpture,” she tells Colossal.
Cyanotype is an early form of photography, first invented in 1842, named for the monochromatic rich blue hue of its prints. More

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June 2022 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

   01 Jun 20:00:05  |  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
The 13th Epson International Pano Awards
Open internationally, the 13th annual Epson International Pano Awards celebrates all facets of panoramic photography. The competition will award more than $40,000 in prizes, including $14,000 in cash. More

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Nature and Nostalgia Merge in Assemblages Made from Vintage Boxes by David Cass

   01 Jun 20:00:05  |  ThisIsColossal

In the multi-media works of artist David Cass, memories and tokens of bygone eras are assembled into compositions that evoke both nostalgia for the past and serve as a reminder of fluctuations in nature due to a changing climate. Cass collects a variety of items like matchboxes, tins, and old letters from flea markets, especially small containers that are associated with safekeeping. In some pieces, he accumulates small boxes into larger vessels like cabinet drawers, while in others, the item itself serves as the canvas for original paintings that respond to each individual surface. More

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Nature and Geometry Blend in Beguiling Symmetry in Oliver Chalk?s Voluminous Timber Vessels

   31 May 20:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

Only two years ago, Canterbury, U.K.-based artist Oliver Chalk began creating bold, geometric vessels out of wood. Having worked previously with fabric to design and produce large-scale installations for events, his interest in experimentation with new materials and techniques led to working with found timber. Carving detailed forms from the hulks of trees found in the local countryside of Kent, the artist considers the practice of turning and whittling sculptures to be a means of communication and an expression of self through symmetrical shapes and striations. More

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Chimerical Creatures Combine Feathers and Fur in Isabel Reitemeyer?s Uncanny Collages

   31 May 20:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

Berlin-based artist Isabel Reitemeyer is known for making uncanny collages that splice images of animals and bodies into humorously enigmatic compositions. In her recent series, songbirds with guinea pig heads perch on twigs, horses with enormous bunny ears stand in fields, and a retriever looks out at us from the body of a chicken. The assemblages, which are often small in scale and made from found photographs and cutouts, are deftly aligned so that the outlines of the animals fit together seamlessly. More

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