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Wildflowers, Trees, and Quaint Cabins Spring From Su Blackwell?s Book Sculptures

   19 May 20:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

The enchanting, imaginative narratives usually bound between the covers of a book burst from the page in the sculptures of Su Blackwell. Often sourcing materials from secondhand shops, flea markets, and library sales, the British artist, who’s based in Hastings, constructs lush gardens of birds and wildflowers and quiet cottages in the midst of evergreens that appear to emerge from vintage volumes.
Imbued with movement in the form of wind or waves, the whimisical works tend to revolve around the fleeting and finding refuge during times of loneliness and mundanity. More

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Fold an Elaborate Origami Menagerie with DIY Instructions from Jo Nakashima

   18 May 20:01:52  |  ThisIsColossal

Since 2010, Brazilian origami artist Jo Nakashima has amassed a trove of original designs ranging from modular cubes and kinetic works to multicolor, angular wildlife. His creations require just a single sheet of double-sided paper and a deft hand and vary in complexity: Nakashima marks the eagle with pleated wings, quacking duck, and writhing snake shown here as intermediate or above. Head to YouTube for detailed instructions on folding your own versions of his intricate designs, but take note of his warning: “Although I call it ‘simplified,’ it doesn?t mean it is simple: it is just simpler than the original version, but actually it is still a bit complex.”
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Garments of Grass and Flowers Fuse Jeanne Simmons?s Body to the Landscape

   18 May 20:00:48  |  ThisIsColossal

“When we spend a lot of time in a place, and if we are paying attention, a kind of intimacy develops,” says Jeanne Simmons. The artist, who’s based in the Pacific Northwest, grounds her practice in this sense of familiarity and ease with her surroundings. “We come to know the plants that grow there and the critters that roam there… We may even begin to feel that we ourselves have become part of that place, and it is this feeling that sustains and inspires me.”
After gathering natural materials like branches, wild vegetables, and bark, Simmons constructs garments that intertwine her own body with the landscape and obscure the distinction between the two. More

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Seven Artists Crack Open the Art of Printed Matter in ?Bookworks

   17 May 20:00:07  |  ThisIsColossal

Books have beguiled us since they first emerged in the form of ancient scrolls and codices around the world. The way we access, utilize, and enjoy reading material has seen technological transformation over the centuries, from Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press in the 15th century, to the first dictionary produced in 1532, to the advent of affordable pocket paperbacks in the early 20th century. Paper tomes have had an immeasurable impact on society and our ability to relay knowledge, and even in an age of digital e-readers, the physical volume still embodies an appeal as timeless as literature itself. More

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In ?Forothermore,? Artist Nick Cave Harnesses the Power of Beauty and Art to Inspire Change

   17 May 20:00:06  |  ThisIsColossal

From floral Soundsuits and found-object sculptures to a multicolor web of millions of pony beads, Forothermore surveys the 30-plus-year career of artist Nick Cave. The retrospective, which draws its name from “forevermore” and “for others,” opened last week at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and captures both the evolution and mainstays of the artist’s practice. Cave spoke with Colossal in an interview ahead of the show, saying, “Why now, why now this moment, why this exhibition, why this survey, and who is it for? More

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SVA?s Continuing Education Courses Begin June 6

   16 May 20:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

Whether it?s to advance your career or try something new, SVACE offers more than 230 online and in-person offerings to choose from. Visit sva.edu/ce to view the courses, which begin on June 6.
Online and in-person courses are available in:

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Professional Development
Visual and Critical Studies
Visible Futures Lab
Visual Narrative

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If you need advice or have questions, please email ce@sva.edu to connect with one of our course advisors. More

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Repurposed Stained Glass Comprises a Disorienting Illuminated Greenhouse by Heywood & Condie

   16 May 20:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

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Interview: Nick Cave Unpacks Silence and Compassion Ahead of His First Retrospective at Chicago?s MCA

   14 May 20:00:17  |  ThisIsColossal

A portmanteau of forevermore and for others, Forothermore is a prescient title for the first retrospective of artist Nick Cave opening this week at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Cave discusses the career-spanning exhibition in a new interview supported by Colossal Members, starting with his Soundsuits, the captivating costumes of color and fur that are likely his most recognizable pieces. His work consistently confronts racism, homophobia, and other bigotries through the alluring, affecting power of art. More

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A House of Crimson Steel Vines Harbors Memory and Mourning in Wuhan Shimenfeng Memorial Park

   14 May 20:00:16  |  ThisIsColossal

Rambling, weathered ivy constructs the walls of a home placed among the quiet, serene cemetery of Wuhan Shimenfeng Memorial Park. The project of designer Hu Quanchun of Field Conforming Studio, “The Vanished House” elicits the act of remembering in a public space devoted to mourning and memories. Tension between the enduring and transitory pervades the architectural work, shown through the combination of the sturdy material and open roof that appears to fade around the perimeter. More

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Activist Symbols and Witty Scenarios Are Woven into Towering Hair Sculptures by Laetitia Ky

   13 May 20:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

Laetitia Ky exercises art activism by braiding African identity into hair sculpture. Born from the lack of representation she experienced growing up on the Ivory Coast, her practice started by cutting the silky straight strands off of her Barbie doll heads and meticulously re-stitching curly extensions as a child. In Love and Justice, Ky?s towering sculptures are embedded into aspects of everyday life. She draws on the strength and durability of Black hair texture to weave traditional instruments, regional wildlife, and bodies in motion into interactive portraits that capture the beauty in common aspects of culture across the continent. More

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