Yoonmi Nam Venerates the Insignificant with Her Ceramic Sculptures of Disposable Containers
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by Grace Ebert
23h ago
All photos by E.G. Schempf, © Yoonmi Nam, shared with permission Most of us quickly dispose of late-night takeout evidence or the abruptly empty box from the cookies we polished off in a single sitting, but Yoonmi Nam preserves the remnants of her consumption in unforgiving ceramic. The South Korean artist (previously) has spent the last few years collecting single-use containers like aluminum pans, egg cartons, and styrofoam cups that she slip casts, creating archeological sculptures of their interiors. “I am a collector of trash,” Nam says about her works, which put our relationship to con ..read more
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Dramatic Dualities and Emotional Entanglements Unfold in the Metaphysical Realm of Moonassi’s ‘Murmures’
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by Kate Mothes
1d ago
“Please take care of this” (2023), meok and acrylic on hanji, 92 x 72 centimeters. All images © Moonassi, shared with permission Pensive faces, ambiguous light sources, and mysterious spaces characterize the atmospheric drawings of Moonassi, whose solo exhibition Murmures at Vazieux Gallery delves into the surreal world of memory and emotions. In black-and-white ink and acrylic, the Seoul-based artist cross-hatches figurative scenes onto Korean hanji paper, portraying deep contrasts, dualities, and tensions. Rich, black shadows reveal glowing hands and faces, exploring relationship ..read more
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Meow Wolf Announces the 40+ Artists Transporting Viewers to a Strange Alternate Reality in Houston
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by Christopher Jobson
1d ago
Adela Andea, “Chaos Incarnate.” All images courtesy of Meow Wolf, shared with permission More than 40 local and international artists have signed on for the fifth iteration of Meow Wolf Houston, an immersive exhibition vaulting viewers into an otherworldly universe of color and chaos. Known for her fantastical creatures with intensely emotional eyes, Houston’s Ana María Ortiz will create a new work for the project that departs from what she’s done previously. The mural will be “closer to elements and ideas that I often keep reserved in my head. So I believe it will be a very honest and almos ..read more
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Marvel at Hundreds of Mathematician Max Brückner’s Remarkably Precise Models of Polyhedra
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by Kate Mothes
2d ago
All images via Internet Archive If you’re a mathematician who specializes in geometry, you might be called a geometer. No other term could so neatly describe the meticulous focus of German scholar Max Brückner (1860-1934), who was lauded during his lifetime for his remarkable collection of polyhedra models. In 1900, Brückner collected many of his specimens into the book Vielecke und Vielflache, Theorie und Geschichte, or “Polygons and Polyhedra, Theory and History,” which dives into great detail about the mathematically exact, three-dimensional shapes. His discoveries include beautifully com ..read more
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Colossal + Domestika: Learn to Embroider, Felt, and Build Portraits with Seven Fiber-Focused Courses
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by Colossal
2d ago
From Olga Prinku’s Tulle Embroidery with Natural Flowers and Plants Whether you’re the type of person who has oodles of sewing thread tucked away for a rainy day or a fiber art enthusiast wanting to learn some new techniques, our latest class bundle in partnership with Domestika is a perfect way to reignite your practice. By unlocking all seven courses included in Colossal Fiber: Get to Embroidery, you’ll have access to more than 17 hours of valuable instructional content to work at your own pace, with more than 84 additional resources. A multitude of talented artists from the Colossal unive ..read more
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Amir H. Fallah’s Puzzles Together Monumental Narratives in His Bold Maximalist Paintings
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by Grace Ebert
3d ago
“Evolution Is Painful” (2023), acrylic on canvas, 3 x 3 feet. Photo by Ed Mumford, courtesy of the artist and Shulamit/Curcio, Los Angeles. All images shared with permission “Most of my work begins from an extremely personal place,” says Amir H. Fallah. “When I speak on politics or the environment, I start with my own experiences and try to create something that has a broader reach. It’s the only way I know to make work that feels sincere.” Based in Los Angeles, Fallah was born in Tehran in 1979, a year of revolution and political upheaval that ultimately brought his family to the U.S. His w ..read more
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Osborne Macharia Spans Geologic Phenomenon and Beauty in ‘Daughters of the Rift’
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by Jackie Andres
3d ago
All images © Osborne Macharia, shared with permission Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia traverses the realms of Afrofuturism and Eastern African geography through his newest series, Daughters of the Rift. Macharia’s work references the Great Rift Valley, which spans Eritrea to Mozambique. Over thousands of years, major tectonic activity has shaped the geographic marvel, as the Somali plate pulls away from the Nubian plate. The divergent boundary continues to actively separate today, resulting in dramatic landscapes, frontiers, and divisions. Exploring the nuances of beauty and tradition t ..read more
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Alexis Trice Treads the Line Between Beauty and Brutality in Otherworldly Oil Paintings
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by Kate Mothes
3d ago
All images © Alex Trice, shared with permission Prismatic pools, strings of pearls, seashells, and elemental interactions characterize the work of Alexis Trice, whose oil paintings illuminate both the beauty and the brutality of nature. Sly predators take the form a spirits or totems in a dreamlike world, their tears gushing into oyster shells or glowing bodies of water. “(This series) is about energy: emotional and molecular. And the transference and its impact when it ripples outward,” Trice says. “The water is a source of our own universal untapped emotion. Joy, trauma, fear, ecstasy, and ..read more
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Dive Below the Surface with the Stunning Images of the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year
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by Grace Ebert
4d ago
“Whale Bones.” Photo © Alex Dawson/UPY2024. All images courtesy of UPY, shared with permission Below a darkened, ice-coated sea off the coast of Greenland, a brave diver encounters the enormous, skeletal remains of minke whales. Illuminating a historical and cultural practice, the spectral image by Alex Dawson won the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year contest, drawing attention to humanity’s impact on marine mammals. This year’s contest was the most competitive to date, garnering 6,500 submissions from around the globe. Additional winners include JingGong Zhang’s image of hormonal Zoa ..read more
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In ‘Creation,’ Vadim Sherbakov Captures a Macro Cosmos in Glitter and Ink
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by Kate Mothes
4d ago
 Vadim Sherbakov is no stranger to wild and expansive vistas (previously), training his lens on vast landscapes and dramatic events. A fascination with light, scale, and the wonders of the unknown permeate much of his work, from terrestrial subjects to his interest in the cosmos. Rather than shooting through a telescope or homing in on celestial bodies, he transforms our understanding of the universe—as a crucible for the imagination, its physics, and its boundlessness—on a macro scale in his new high-definition video “Creation.” Sherbakov expresses the incredible energy and power generated ..read more
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