Art, design, and visual culture

Art, design, and visual culture

Vanessa Barragão’s Fibrous Coral Tapestries Unfurl the Delicacy of Marine Ecosystems

Exploring the fragile forms of ocean ecosystems, Vanessa Barragão continues to create fibrous iterations of coral reefs and marine biomes. Working with a team of studio assistants, she is inspired by environmental stewardship and textile techniques such as latch hooking, crochet, and weaving. Over the course of several weeks to several months, these meditative processes give life to tactile and textural forms...
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‘100 for the Ocean’ Brings Together 100 Photographers from Around the World to Support Marine Conservation

In 2023, the inaugural 100 for the Ocean event raised more than half a million dollars toward ocean conservation, and this year it’s back with 100 world-renowned photographers and artists making a global difference. From June 1 to 30, you can purchase prints for $100, with 100% of the net proceeds supporting three under-funded and under-recognized nonprofit organizations focused on ocean advocacy and action...
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Further Your Creative Practice With SVA Continuing Education Courses, Workshops, Residencies

Ready to take your practice and creativity to new heights? The Division of Continuing Education at the School of Visual Arts (SVACE) has the resources and expertise to help you go to the next level. With a diverse range of more than 200 courses and over 10 artist residency programs, you’ll find everything you need to achieve your goals and actualize your potential. Whether you’re looking to advance your career, explore new artistic avenues, or simply deepen your practice, our experienced faculty will provide the guidance and support you need to grow...
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Monumental Plants Nourish and Flourish in Adele Renault’s Lush Paintings

Nature walks are Adele Renault’s main source of inspiration. Spending her time between Los Angeles and Brussels, the artist (previously) encounters varying landscapes that catalyze her practice. While the rugged urban terrain of southern California bolsters desert plants and palms, the Belgian countryside bears lush vegetation and thickets of trees. Renault likes to connect her subjects with the environments she thrives in, explaining, “the flora become a metaphor for the people, both native and nonnative, who inhabit a city, enrich its cultural assemblage, and share in a collective consciousness.”..
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Ted Lott Retrofits Vintage Furniture and Suitcases with Stark, Miniature Dwellings

For Ted Lott, the distinction between a shelter and a home is endlessly fascinating. Using vintage furniture as the foundation, the Grand Rapids-based artist and designer (previously) outfits common domestic objects with bare-bones models of houses, apartments, and other living spaces. His architectural additions are often minimal and pared back to just the essentials, which contrasts the ornate trimmings and motifs of the found bases...
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A Remarkable Typeface Resurfaces from the Thames After Being Dumped in the River More than a Century Ago

In 18th- and 19th-century London, the term mudlark was coined to describe someone who scavenged river banks for valuable items. Today, metal detectors aid in the continuing pastime—which now requires a permit—and every once in a while, a modern-day mudlark dredges up a striking discovery. Ten years ago, for type enthusiast Robert Green, a once-in-a-lifetime find emerged from the Thames...
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Salvaged Scraps of Wood Nest Together in Richard Haining’s Elegant Curved Vessels

In the late aughts, Richard Haining began salvaging leftover wood. While working for a set design company, he realized that the sizable waste generated was also an untapped opportunity for his personal projects. “What I did not have in the way of disposable income, I did have in the way of access to tons of scrap materials,” he says. “I couldn’t afford purchasing new materials to create the ideas I had in my head, but I could take smaller scraps and use those as building blocks.”..
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Fare Meets Function in Eléonore Joulin’s Gourmet Ceramic Lamps and Vases

Eléonore Joulin casts humble foods in a fresh light with her gastronomic collection of ceramic goods. From her studio in Brussels, the artist layers crinkled cabbage leaves into a vegetal dwelling and twists a long sausage into a sculptural, worm-like shape. She outfits many forms with a bulb and cord, turning a wedge of blue cheese or a big pickle into a functional design...
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In ‘The Order of Things,’ Wim Delvoye’s Playful Installations Reimagine a Museum’s Historical Collection

In 1802, Italian sculptor Antonio Canova produced a marble sculpture known as “Venus Italica,” notably commissioned by Napoléon Bonaparte and intended to replace another Venus statue at the Louvre in Paris. Among numerous other historic statues and artifacts at the Museum of Art and History in Geneva, the “Venus Italica” provides the foundation for an artistic intervention by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye...
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IED Firenze Graphic Design Student Explores Cultural Fusion and Exchange Through Bilingual Signage in Prato’s Chinatown

Amidst the cobblestone streets of Chinatown in Prato, Italy, typography has become a bridge between worlds. Beatrice Murphy, a student in the Master’s Course in Graphic Design at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) Firenze, developed her thesis project by examining and dissecting the bilingual signage of Prato’s Chinatown. Her project aimed to not only reveal numbers and data but also instances of human connection and diversity...
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