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Recycled Scraps and Discarded Objects Are Fashioned Into an Eccentric Menagerie of Metal Animals

   28 Oct 00:00:28  |  ThisIsColossal

London-based artist Barbara Franc (previously) upcycles materials that otherwise would be tossed into the recycling bin to create a quirky menagerie of metal creatures. Composed with scraps and copper wire, the lively sculptures generally are indicative of movement: owls lift a talon mid-waddle, two cats peer over their shoulders with surprised expressions, and a squirrel appears ready to scurry off.
The diversity of Franc’s creatures mimic the breadth of materials utilized. More

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   27 Oct 00:00:06  |  ThisIsColossal

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Artists Explore Self-Expression Through Bizarre and Whimsical Masks at Denver?s Vicki Myhren Gallery

   27 Oct 00:00:07  |  ThisIsColossal

There is perhaps no symbol more representative of contemporary life than the humble face mask. A simple health device crucial to saving millions of lives around the world from a deadly COVID-19 pandemic spread by invisible airborne pathogens, and yet an object that?s been quixotically politicized at the callous expense of humanity for the gain of an elite few. A new exhibition at the University of Denver?s Vicki Myhren Gallery approaches the lighter side of face coverings: the ancient tradition of masks as self-expression. More

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Bright Floral Crochet Wraps an Iconic Stratocaster Guitar in a Psychedelic Layer of Color

   26 Oct 00:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

A new piece by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos (previously) envelops one of Fender’s Stratocaster guitars in a vibrant sheath of wool. Titled “Flower Power,” loosely crocheted petals cover the entirety of the instrument, wrapping the body, neck, and head in a kaleidoscopic bouquet. The fibrous webbing evokes the aesthetic of the 1960s when Fender’s model secured its legendary status.
Along with a diverse series of artist-customized Strats, “Flower Power” will be auctioned on Nov. More

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A New Book Compiles Photos of Idiosyncratic, Quirky Destinations that Look Just Like Wes Anderson Films

   26 Oct 00:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

Devotees of Wes Anderson’s films can spot the pastel architecture and simple signage synonymous with the American director’s aesthetic anywhere, a notion that’s proven in a newly released book by Wally Koval. Buoyed by an Instagram account with more than 1,200 images from all seven continents, Accidentally Wes Anderson showcases international destinations with the likeness of the Grand Budapest Hotel or the heavily wallpapered train cars of The Darjeeling Limited. More

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Oversized Spiders by Mister Finch Transform Vintage Textiles into Fairytale Sculptures

   25 Oct 00:00:30  |  ThisIsColossal

Leeds-based artist Mister Finch (previously) thrifts scraps of brocades and cottons to shape into fantastical creatures that are both whimsical and slightly unnerving. His recent pieces include a series of oversized spiders that the artist photographs suspended from the ceiling or scaling his workshop wall. “The past few years my work has become more sculpture-based with my creatures pretty much all stood up and attached to bases.” Finch writes. “I love the way this looks and enables me to dress and humanize them, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Although the ongoing pandemic has stifled the artist’s foraging of fabrics and other materials in recent months, Finch notes that he’s been pulling textiles from his home stash and occasionally visiting fairs and markets. More

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Rollerskating Poodles and Croissant Characters Form an Adorably Eccentric Cast of Felt Characters by Cat Rabbit

   25 Oct 00:00:29  |  ThisIsColossal

Working out of her studio in Melbourne, textile artist Cat Rabbit (previously) felts a quirky troupe of characters complete with distinctive garb and accessories. A croissant-headed figure dons a striped skirt and floral hat, Pomeranians carry pin cushions on their backs, and four swaggering poodles outfitted with roller skates appear ready to compete in the rink.
Some of the anthropomorphized creatures are particularly personal to the artist, like the blanket-enshrouded toad (shown below) that was inspired by a friend’s love for the children’s series, Frog and Toad. More

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Multi-Story Murals Showcase Domesticity through Elegant Ceramic Tableware

   24 Oct 00:00:13  |  ThisIsColossal

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A Glass Floor in a New Dublin Grocery Opens a Window to Medieval Viking History

   24 Oct 00:00:13  |  ThisIsColossal

Embedded in the architecture of a new Lidl store in Dublin is a glass floor that allows shoppers to peer down into medieval history. During the supermarket’s construction, archaeologists discovered a 1,000-year-old home of Hiberno-Norse Dubliners, who were ancestors to the Vikings, in addition to a 13th-century wine jug and the below-stage trap of the former Aungier Street Theatre. Rather than excavate the items and build on top of the site, covering the ruins, the store installed glass flooring that provides shoppers with a literal window into local history. More

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Cloaked in Thick Smoke, Submerged Foliage Breaches the Water?s Surface in Mysterious Photographs

   23 Oct 00:00:25  |  ThisIsColossal

Rotterdam-based photographer Robert Peek creates ghostly photographic stills of botanical forms that wouldn?t look out of place on Miss Havisham?s festering dining room table. On first inspection, Peek?s work resembles paintings with smoke dripping from the flowers? petals and leaves. Colors are drawn out and enhanced, while other hues are shrouded in the white veil. With his perception-bending methodology, close-ups of lavender and thistle heads are transformed into mythical creations that peek out from the hazy background. More

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