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Colorful Characters Emerge From Chunks of Timber in Whimsical Toys by Wood You Mind

April 19, 2022

Kate Mothes

All images © Parn Aniwat Texas-based Thai artist Parn Aniwat, who also goes by Wood You Mind, hews charming figures from timber, embellished in bright colors and playful outfits. Ranging from about four to eight inches tall, each unique character has a distinct personality, whether it’s a sweet face emerging from an owl costume, a bee sitting in a flower, or a vibrantly striped whale. Using traditional tools like a small hatchet and chisel knife, every piece begins with a rough sketch of the design before the contours and details are revealed by chipping small pieces away. The artist then…

 

 



Opportunities

February 2022 Opportunities: Open Calls, Residencies, and Grants for Artists

February 1, 2022

Colossal

…Inaugural Winter Ice Sculpture Show on February 26. Proposed works should relate to Governors Island and/or New York Harbor and be based on a 40 x 20 x 10-inch block of ice. Winners will receive a $2,000 award. Deadline: February 9, 2022. Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition Open internationally, the 35th annual Materials: Hard + Soft exhibition celebrates contemporary works in clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media. Chosen artists will participate in a group show in Denton, Texas, from May 27 to August 27, 2022, and three winners will…

 

 



Art

Textured Patchworks of Sequins, Plastic Beads, and Oil Paint Comprise Trevon Latin's Dazzling Portraits

August 10, 2021

Grace Ebert

…2020, Latin expands on his classical training by utilizing various found materials, including swatches of patterned fabric, multi-color beads, plastic barrettes, and sequins. His portraits center on spliced, abstracted figures stretched on a round frame or couples mid-embrace, with lush, rolling fields occupying the foreground. These green expanses evoke the landscapes of southeastern Texas, which the Houston-born artist and performer knows well, and offer a contrast to the otherwise ostentatious subjects. The plush sculptures highlight the more mythical qualities of Latin’s practice, portraying shimmering hybrid characters elevated on pedestals. His 2021 work “I Break Too Easily” is similarly fantastical, featuring…

 

 



Photography

A Dusty Roadrunner, Sleepy Sandhill Crane, and Shy Sandpiper Top the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards

July 7, 2021

Grace Ebert

…a cloud of dust at Los Novios Ranch in Texas, a sleepy sandhill crane lounging on its mother in Florida, and a northern harrier as she spreads her wings before gliding down to catch her prey. You can see more of the top shots below, and check out previous year’s winners, too.   Sandhill crane, Robin Ulery/Audubon Photography Awards/2021 Amateur Award Winner Greater roadrunner, Carolina Fraser/Audubon Photography Awards/2021 Grand Prize Purple sandpiper, Arav Karighattam/Audubon Photography Awards/2021 Youth Award Winner Northern cardinal, Steve Jessmore/Audubon Photography Awards/2021 Professional Award Winner Anna’s hummingbird, Patrick Coughlin/Audubon Photography Awards/2021 Fisher Prize Red-winged blackbird on a…

 

 



Photography

A Candy-Colored Cloud Hovers Over a West Texas Landscape Mid-Thunderstorm

May 19, 2021

Grace Ebert

Image © Laura Rowe, shared with permission While chasing a tornado near the small town of Earth, Texas, earlier this week, amateur photographer Laura Rowe captured this enormous cloud filtered with pastel sunlight. The candy-colored mass swells above the dusky expanse in the midst of a thunderstorm, and as Kottke notes, the serendipitous shot evokes the saturated, trippy swirls in Milton Glaser’s 1966 poster of Bob Dylan. Prints are available on Rowe’s site….

 

 



Science

Blue Dunes Ripple Across Mars' Surface in a New Infrared Composite from NASA

April 15, 2021

Grace Ebert

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU A striking new image captured by Mars Odyssey is a stark contrast to the rust-colored, rugged landscape that’s synonymous with the Red Planet. Released last week by NASA, the false-color composite—it’s a patchwork captured between December 2002 and November 2004—reveals long dunes surrounding the northern polar cap of the relatively small planet. Warmer areas touched by the sun emit a golden glow, while the chillier parts are tinted blue. The image frames just the dunes carved into a 19-mile swath of land, although the billowing pattern covers an area the size of Texas. NASA released the…