Illustration #animals #Beto Val #collage #digital #nature #surreal Digital Collages by Beto Val Splice Vintage Illustrations into Surreal Hybrid Creatures July 28, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Beto Val, shared with permission
Ecuadorian artist Beto Val alchemizes vintage illustrations into bizarre compositions that blend fruits with fowl and aquatic life with land animals. Using imagery available through the public domain, Val cuts and repositions fins, wings, and scaly talons into surreal creatures: round owl faces peer out from pineapples, autumn leaves sprout from tropical birds, and a rendering evocative of a biological chart displays fish with bodies made of strawberries, brains, and an early, industrial locomotive. Blending the analog illustrations with the artist’s digital manipulations, the collages encompass a range of characters from the whimsical to the absurd.
Val offers prints and other goods in his shop, and his book, The Great Book of the Imaginary A..

 Art Design #architecture #immigration #installation #Morag Myerscough #public art #site-specific #typography A Bold, Architectural Installation Recreates an Ancient Roman Gatehouse with Messages of Belonging July 28, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of English Heritage, shared with permission
Temporarily occupying the site of the ancient Housesteads Roman Gatehouse at Hadrian’s Wall, a vibrant installation by British artist Morag Myerscough recreates the structure that once stood on the bucolic landscape in northern England. “The Future Belongs To What Was As Much As What Is” is a bright, architectural reinterpretation of the 2nd-century building, reaching the same 8.5 meters high and 12.5 meters wide as the original construction. A staircase tucked inside the scaffolding allows visitors to climb to an upper outpost and look over the landscape, offering a view that’s been unavailable for the last 1,600 years.
To create the patchwork, typographic facade, Myersc..

 Art History Illustration Photography Science #books #coral #drawing #fish #installation #oceans A New Book Plunges into the Vast Diversity of the World’s Oceans Across 3,000 Years July 28, 2022 Grace Ebert Carl Chun, Polypus levis, from Die Cephalopoden (1910–15), color lithograph, 35 × 25 centimeters. Image from the Biodiversity Heritage Library/Contributed by MBLWHOI Library, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library, Massachusetts. All images © Phaidon, shared with permission
Despite thousands of years of research and an unending fascination with marine creatures, humans have explored only five percent of the oceans covering the majority of the earth’s surface. A forthcoming book from Phaidon dives into the planet’s notoriously vast and mysterious aquatic ecosystems, traveling across the continents and three millennia to uncover the stunning diversity of life below the surface.
Spanning 352 pages, Ocean, Exploring the Marine W..

 Illustration #acrylic #gouache #ink #landscapes #Melpomeni Chatzipanagiotou #nature #pen #wood Enchanting Vignettes Illustrated by Melpomeni Chatzipanagiotou Nestle Inside Small Wood Cuts July 27, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Melpomeni Chatzipanagiotou, shared with permission
Encircled in roughly textured bark, thin woodcuts become canvases for the whimsical landscapes and scenes illustrated by Melpomeni Chatzipanagiotou. The Greek artist uses a combination of pen, ink, gouache, and acrylic paint to draw outdoor vignettes cloaked in pattern and cosmic details. Nighttime skies are brimming with snowflakes, stars, and light trails that illuminate the natural subject matter and add a dose of fantasy to the heavily patterned works.
Chatzipanagiotou has a number of illustrations on wood and paper available on Etsy, and you can watch her at work on Instagram. Her third coloring book, Enchanting Earth, is slated for release in February, and the previous two, Circle of ..

 Art Science #Ava Roth #beads #bees #embroidery #encaustic #honeycomb #mixed media Bees Wrap Ava Roth’s Intricately Beaded and Embroidered Motifs in Golden Honeycomb July 27, 2022 Grace Ebert “Beaded Circle,” encaustic, Japanese paper, glass beads, thread, natural honeycomb, local Ontario maple frame, 17.5 x 17.5 inches. All images © Ava Roth, shared with permission
Seasons and the natural rhythms of bees determine much of Ava Roth’s practice, which hinges on collaborating with the fuzzy pollinators. The Ontario-based artist (previously) stitches elaborate embroideries with beads and intricate thread-based motifs that, once her contribution is complete, she turns over to her insect counterparts. The critters then finish the mixed-media pieces by embedding them in golden, hexagonal honeycomb.
Because the bees Roth works with only produce the waxy substance during the heat of the summer, the time available for inter-species cooperation is limited. In a note to Coloss..

 Art #animals #Bruno Pontiroli #oil painting #painting Bizarrely Flexible Wildlife Twist into Acrobatic Poses in Bruno Pontiroli’s Perspective-Bending Paintings July 27, 2022 Grace Ebert “Le Quintupède I” (2021), oil on wood panel, 80 x 70 centimeters. All images © Bruno Pontiroli, courtesy of Beinart Gallery, shared with permission
Kangaroos, koalas, and the venomous platypus take on peculiarly acrobatic personas in a new series of oil paintings by Bruno Pontiroli (previously). In Expression Corporelle, the French artist renders a cast of gymnast-emulating animals native to Australia, each with unusually strong appendages and flexible backs. The creatures balance on their tails and bend at perfect 90-degree angles, defying physics in favor of warped perspectives and the opportunity to see the world from a different point of view.
Expression Corporelle is on view through August 7 at Beinart Gallery in Brunswick. Pontiroli also sells prints on his site, and you can find..

 Art Craft #flowers #sculpture #Shannon Clegg #vessels Dried and Pressed Flowers Are Molded into Delicate Sculptural Vessels by Shannon Clegg July 26, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Shannon Clegg, shared with permission
Immersed in the flora of Cape Town’s Table Mountain as a child, artist Shannon Clegg has always had an affinity for unembellished, humble materials, particularly those harvested naturally and shaped into innovative forms. This now lifelong inclination emerges in Bouquet, her series of biophilic sculptures comprised of dozens of flowers dried and pressed into intricately constructed mesh. Hollow and vase-like, the preserved works extend the vibrancy and supple forms of purple statice or burgundy kangaroo paw from approximately ten days to upwards of five years.
To create the botanical pieces, Clegg researched at The Herbarium at The Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. She describes “looking back through archival methods for storing flowers pressed by their bota..

 Art #birds #murals #portraits #public art #street art #Taquen Movement and Instinct Inform Taquen’s Murals of Migrating Birds and Human Touch July 26, 2022 Grace Ebert “Magpies and swifts.” All images © Taquen, shared with permission
Thin, structural lines delineate a magpie wing and contour a child’s nose or cheekbone in Taquen’s murals. Working with a color palette of pastels and neutral tones, the Spanish artist (previously) paints large-scale portraits, fragments of limbs, and birds, often leaving the composition’s skeletal forms visible. “The supports are just as important as the work itself,” he tells Colossal. “I look for camouflage, minimalism, and mixture. In the end, it is also a metaphorical form of the footprint that I believe we should leave in the places we pass through.”
Many of Taquen’s works consider the relationship between species through the lens of movement and impulse, focusing on gesture, touch, and instinctive acts. Birds mid-flight embody th..

 Art #anatomy #flax #flowers #Raija Jokinen #sculpture Systems Evoking Roots and Veins Sprawl Across Raija Jokinen’s Organic Flax Figures July 26, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Raija Jokinen, shared with permission
Finnish artist Raija Jokinen (previously) echoes the natural shapes of botanics and anatomy in her elaborately formed figures. The sculptural works are comprised of sprawling webs that appear like both root and vein systems, with flowers and more dense, fleshy patches emerging from an arm or torso. Each piece fuses the physical and mental, Jokinen says, sharing that her “approach is focused on everyday feelings, situations, and thoughts we all have.”
The mesh works are created from flax—Jokinen employs a technique similar to that used for handmade paper—that she dyes and molds into branches, twigs, and other organic forms. She then adds floral and structural details through machine stitching, which also strengthens the otherwise fragile material. “With thes..

 Art #Caitlind r.c. Brown #found objects #glasses #installation #Wayne Garrett Two Curtains of 30,000 Prescription Lenses Cast a Distorted Water-Like Glimmer Across a Beijing Gallery July 25, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of PIKOU, shared with permission
Suspended from an undulating metal rod, two translucent patchwork curtains of prescription eyeglasses evoke the gleaming shimmer of a waterfall. The disorienting installation is the second in a series of optical works by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett (previously), who created a smaller kinetic piece centered around the concept of collective vision back in 2015.
Larger in scale and greater in material than the first, “And Between Us, An Ocean” utilizes 30,000 recycled polycarbonate plastic lenses sourced from a Beijing factory and Calgary recycling center. The dual installation bisects a gallery at Times Art Museum and distorts the space as visitors move amongst the glimmering curtains. ..