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Step aside, Brangelina. There’s a new duo in town, and they’re making their combined moniker known with a new, striking project that utilizes basic art supplies to spectacular effect. Artists Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman, better known as Stallman, are a Pacific Northwest based duo that have formed a partnership both in life and art. The two work on their projects in unison, a joint creative process that capitalizes on both of their unique talents to create a synchronized method that produces extraordinary results.

Finding inspiration in molecular and cellular biology of all things, as well as gradients that appear in nature, Stallman is in the midst of a bold new project called “Canvas on Edge” where they take the canvas, a basic building block that normally functions as the platform on which artists create, and turn it into the breakout star of their work.

Using cut up pieces of canvas, Stallman transforms the canvas from merely the vessel of art into a structural material they build and contort into a sculpture, giving it real depth, shape and flow. The sliced edge of the canvas creates an elevated line drawing when viewed from different perspectives and angles. Accentuating these edges with splashes of vibrant paint, the sculpture becomes a three-dimensional entity that changes composition and color from varying vantage points.

By framing the pieces of canvas, Stallman create a rigid framework and structure that allows for the colors they employ to reflect and merge with the background, bringing to light a beautifully bold color spectrum that is at once meticulously static as it is effervescently fluid.

It’s inspiring and definitely outside-of-the-box – taking a barebones material and morphing it into a sculpture of depth and beauty. If anything, Canvas on Edge proves that there’s boundless potential in the mundane. That the project comes from a duo who rely on and play off of each other so effortlessly shatters the image of the solitary, lonely artist to argue that two can become one during the creative process and deliver a stunning, cohesive piece of art.

All images courtesy of Stallman

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