designboom’s week in art with colossal brings you a run-down of the best in art around the web, hand-picked by guest editor christopher jobson, founder of colossal. if you’ve missed any of the art news this week, here’s a chance to catch up with what’s been happening. the 10 most interesting things seen on colossal, designboom, and elsewhere on the web over the past week. every saturday colossal has the last word on the week’s biggest stories.

—   WEEK MARCH 3RD – 9TH, 2012 HERE ARE MY 10 TOP STORIES FROM THE PAST WEEK :

1. the making of angelo musco’s human body collage art 2. aggravure III: a mural using 450,000 staples 3. boa mistura: floating graffiti 4. laser cut paper drawings 5. water drop pillars by markus reugels 6. sculptures by nancy fouts 7. barry underwood: landscape light sculpture 8. jen stark: hand-cut paper sculptures 9. emilie de griottes: pantone tarts 10. chris fraser: immersive optical environments

the week in art with colossal march 3rd   9th, 2012‘xylem’, 2011 metallic c-prints mounted between aluminum

angelo musco: human body collage art – behind when first confronted with the work of angelo muscos, it appears as though one is being confronted with manipulated photographs of subterranean root systems, but on closer inspection the faint recognition of small human forms emerges, hundreds and thousands of them interlinked to create enormous whirling vortices of nude bodies. the images are indeed digitally manipulated, but only after primary photo shoots to capture the figurative source material: photographs of individual and groups of bodies that the artist then uses as a medium in and of itself.

the week in art with colossal march 3rd   9th, 2012 the five figures are constructed entirely from staples.

aggravure III: a mural using 450,000 staples inspired by the etching styles of 16th century artists hendrick goltzius, jan harmensz, and cherubino alberti, french artist baptiste debombourg used 450,000 staples to create this large-scale mural titled aggravure III. the piece is the third in a series of staple works started in 2007 that explore the human form as rendered using these common objects.

the week in art with colossal march 3rd   9th, 2012 ‘amor’ (‘love’), one of the projects undertaken by boa mistura with local residents in the vila brâsilandia favela in são paulo, brazil

boa mistura: floating graffiti this colorful series of anamorphic projections was painted in urban thoroughfares in são paulo, brazil by spanish art collective boa mistura. the typography, painted across multiple surfaces at varying depths creates the illusion of a perfectly typeset word from only a single vantage point. from any other angle the words and letterforms are stretched and skewed and become suddenly illegible.

the week in art with colossal march 3rd   9th, 2012

the highly intricate cut paper sculptures resemble the patterning found in the tradition of stained glass

laser cut paper drawings artist stanley creates three dimensional geometric sculptures using numerous layers of laser cut paper. the exacting and precisely cut works are often three inches thick and evoke the elaborate patters found in stained glass windows.

the week in art with colossal march 3rd   9th, 2012

colorful light and perfect timing create this dynamic series.

water drop pillars by markus reugels as part of an ongoing series of high-speed photography experiments involving water, photographer markus reugels has begun working with a series of carefully synchronized water jets and flashes allowing him to capture fleeting water splashes supported by pillars that seem to rise like mushrooms.

the week in art with colossal march 3rd   9th, 2012 the precise contradictions in form make fout’s work so entertaining.

sculptures by nancy fouts with clever juxtapositions and and whimsical execution sculptor nancy fouts creates sculptures meant simply to bring a smile to the viewer’s face.

the week in art with colossal march 3rd   9th, 2012 each image portrays a light sculpture, formed in the artist’s glowing nature narrative. 

barry underwood: landscape light sculpture artist barry underwood infuses natural landscapes with carefully installed light sculptures creating otherworldly environments. underwood says he draws his inspiration from cinema, land art, and painting and hopes to suggested a narrative that is both surreal and familiar.

the week in art with colossal march 3rd   9th, 2012 the artist works with hundreds of layers of color, piling them in such a way that brilliant rainbow compositions are created.

jen stark: hand-cut paper sculptures jen starks paper sculptures have reached an exceedingly wide audience in the past year, with her artwork landing on the cover of harvard business review, and appearing in numerous art magazines and shows including art basel miami this winter where she exhibited a number of her most recent works shown here.

the week in art with colossal march 3rd   9th, 2012 ‘pantone 1797 c’, a tart created by emilie de griottes for fricote magazine

emilie de griottes: pantone tarts

french food designer emilie de griottes created these whimsical tarts mimicking pantone color swatches for french food magazine fricote.

the week in art with colossal march 3rd   9th, 2012

the light spills into the empty room from a straight-lined hole  on the wall

chris fraser: immersive optical environments

using the concept of the camera obscura as a jumping off point, chris fraser creates light installations using methods gleaned from the photographic method. light is allowed to enter physical spaces at several angles through specially constructed holes resulting in projected fields of light and color

ENJOY! SEE YOU NEXT WEEK. CHRIS

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