Last week I signed the lease on a 285 square foot art studio on the third floor of a refurbished mill building in Lowell. I move into my new writing space on April 1. Perhaps the joke is on me. The idea of renting a studio for writing came out of nowhere. One day I remembered the building from a feature article I wrote […]
by Karina Coombs A series of ceramic scrolls from Bedford artist Carol Rissman. Rissman makes each tile from white or red clay before imprinting or stamping them with natural found objects. Pieces are then fired and stained. Tiles are selected individually for each scroll and mounted on a wooden backing. (Photo by Karina Coombs) [Reprinted from the original Carlisle Mosquito article found here.] Gleason Library’s Art at the Gleason opened its first show of 2017 with “Affinity: puzzles, sculptures, and photography,” featuring the works of Carlisle residents Dale Joachim and Bill Claybrook and Bedford’s Carol Rissman. The show runs until March 25. The beauty of found objects Nature’s influence is apparent when looking at the ceramic works of local artist, Carol Rissman. Since retirement, as a broadcaster and news director for a local NPR station (in addition to writing and editing for a number of publications), Rissman has turned what had been a hobby into a full time endeavor, making both functional and sculptural pieces at the Harvard University Ceramics Studio where she is a resident artist. Whether it is a stone, feather, leaf or some other natural found object, Rissman is attracted to the beauty she finds outdoors, incorporating it in unexpected ways into the mosaic and scroll tile pieces that make up her collection. “I’m happy to have this way of using them,” she says of the treasures she regularly picks up. Rissman’s pieces begin […]
Back when we were dating, my husband and I first went to the Brimfield Antique and Collectibles show. We spent hours strolling up and down the street and in and out of the tents looking for things that “spoke” to us. We acquired an enormous porcelain industrial glove mold, an old glass hospital paper cup dispenser, and a metal View-Master […]
For someone who thinks she is fairly aware of trends – and is clearly wrong about this fact – I can’t believe I wasn’t aware of terrarium fever until this past July. It was a visit to a local garden store with a little money and time to kill that first brought them to my attention. I ended up buying, […]
A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards from Blue Chalk on Vimeo. Found on This is Colossal.
Aug(De)Mented Reality by Hombre_McSteez on YouTube. Found at This is Colossal.
Valley of Dolls from Fritz Schumann on Vimeo. ~ A resident of a small Japanese village replaces residents who have moved or died with handmade dolls. How weird it would be to just stumble upon this without any context, arts and crafts zombies. Related articles Woman makes dolls to replace people in her village
~ I am in awe that this was built in the late 1700s. And is programmable. Never mind that is still actually works.
Table Manners from Rebecca Manley on Vimeo. ~ Cardboard has never looked so good.
SHAKE from Variable on Vimeo. ~ For those who enjoy dogs and excessive amounts of slobber spraying wildly in slow motion.
Midnight Moment: “Eye Test” – 2×4 from AIGA/NY on Vimeo. ~ I’m seeing spots, but in a good way. This would look amazing in Times Square.
~ Today calls for some Pixies. Old and new (the new is growing on me).
The Sentry of Green Hall, Wellesley College
Full Turn ECAL/Benjamin Muzzin from ECAL on Vimeo. ~ I’ve been meaning to link to this for a few days now. Spinning two flat panel televisions back to back at high speed creates fantastic images.
Lost & Found by Joey Bania on Vimeo. ~ I think this guy is fascinating and makes wonderful creations. I envy his simple living. Found at Colossal.
Danielle from Anthony Cerniello on Vimeo. ~ Best to watch the aging process all the way through without skipping. Found at Colossal.
In Morocco – 2013 from Vincent Urban on Vimeo. ~ Like a dream. Beautiful.
~ I’m in the mood for this today. Jack White performs Hotel Yorba live in London, 2012.
~ Green Day plays the album Dookie live in celebration of its release 20 years ago. If you’ve got a spare 37 minutes it’s worth a listen. Related articles Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ Documentary Due in October (rollingstone.com)
~ Pink Floyd and animation from Aardman Animations? Some of my favorite things. Now to figure out how to hear this radio drama on August 26. Found at Laughing Squid. Related articles Aardman animates Pink Floyd trailer (bbc.co.uk)
Modern Ruin: Black Hole from Jeff Frost on Vimeo. ~ Really fantastic time-lapse using still images from riots and optical illusion paintings. Chaotic and violent beauty.
The Secret Story of TOYS from Anthony Ladesich on Vimeo. ~ And here I thought it was all done with computers. Fascinating look at toy sculpting.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING from ABOVE on Vimeo. ~ Street artist spends 7 months trying to find ideal location for stencil art and shadow.
NIGHTVISION from Luke Shepard on Vimeo. ~ Illuminated architectural hyperlapse. Oh my. See Luke Shepard’s website for list of buildings by location.
Pacific Light from Ruslan Khasanov on Vimeo. ~ Macro video of ink, oil, and soap. Related articles Pacific Light: Macro Footage of Ink, Oil and Soap Shot by Ruslan Khasanov (thisiscolossal.com)
~ A great find on Vimeo this morning. I love fireworks.
~ Mesmerizing. I particularly like the futuristic diving bell-like helmet.
During the year I write news articles with the occasional feature for a small local newspaper. I’ve been doing it for about 10 months and am learning a lot about myself as both a new writer and as a person. In terms of writing, I’ve discovered I really like writing feature stories and profiles, although I am the first to […]
PHOENIX Trying To Be Cool / Drakkar Noir from CANADA on Vimeo. ~ This is on near constant rotation in my house in an effort to ween my elementary school-aged daughters off the likes of Taylor Swift and Justin Beaver.
Chandelier Tree from Colin Kennedy on Vimeo. ~ I love this tree and am happy to hear its story after seeing it an earlier Colin Kennedy movie.
~ Whimsical projected images appear when breathing.
~ Oscar winning documentary from the 1950s about glass production – glassblowers versus machine-made. Great music and imagery. Yet another item on my “must try” list. Found at the Dish.
PIXIES “BAGBOY” [DIR. LAMAR+NIK] from LAMAR+NIK on Vimeo. ~ Lucky kid.
A Kinetic Mind from Elizabeth Rudge on Vimeo. ~ Kinetic sculptures (another thing I’m a sucker for). Found at Laughing Squid.
~ Great first part of a series from LAs MOCA on the art of punk. It’s long, but entertaining. The YouTube channel has another episode.
Paper City from Maciek Janicki on Vimeo. ~ Beautiful. Found at The Dish.
CAPTAIN T&T (2013) – A Short Film from Christopher Guinness on Vimeo. ~ One beautiful image after another.
~ Boards of Canada new album in June!
Daft Punk Feat Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky (Official Reworked by Claudio Vizu) from Claudio Vizu on Vimeo. ~ This song has been playing non-stop in my head for days. I can’t say it’s a bad thing. UPDATE: ~ This one may be even better.
DREAM – Art & Culture of Burning Man from Spark Pictures on Vimeo. ~ I have always wanted to go to this, but I think I may have aged out. That said, it would be an amazing place to take photographs!
First Flight from The Skywhale on Vimeo. ~ I would love to see this flying in the sky. We saw some great hot air balloons when we lived in Northern Colorado, but nothing even close to being this spectacular. Her website has some great photos too: http://www.patriciapiccinini.net. Found at Laughing Squid.
Rain Room by Random International from Gramafilm on Vimeo. ~ Another upside to living in Massachusetts? I can now (relatively) easily go see things like this in NYC!
Reach from Luke Randall on Vimeo. ~ That poor robot needs a better power supply.
OSCILLATE from Daniel Sierra on Vimeo. ~ Love, love, love this.
SCREENGRAB from Willie Witte on Vimeo. ~ Buy ink, indeed!
~ Foamed milk almost too beautiful to drink! Latte as art as shared by NPR. Photo from Weslie Leung on Flickr.
LITTLE BOXES from Bego M. Santiago on Vimeo. ~ Great idea!