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Andreas Franke’s Haunting And Surreal Series Imagines Underwater Shipwrecks Full of Life

Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks

Austrian photographer and diver Andreas Franke has created a hauntingly beautiful series of images called “The Sinking World” in which he layers studio photographs over underwater ship wrecks. In 2009, the USS Vandenberg was lowered into the ocean off the coast of Florida to serve as an artificial reef. When Franke encountered the ship while diving, he was inspired by the vessel’s haunting emptiness. For the Vandenberg project, Franke superimposes photographs of recognizable, everyday scenes; the studio figures appear ghostly, as if they are re-enacting scenes that previously took place in a lively atmosphere. The empty ship becomes a site that reveals snapshots of a lost, surreal world, discovering the humanity that lurks among the ships hallways, passages, and decks. Franke creates an unexpected dream world where a viewer is pulled into a strange, new, and fantastical place.

This sunken ship not only provides the setting for Franke’s superimpositions, but also serves as a gallery where divers can swim up to Franke’s work, viewing his photographs in the very place that inspired his images. From the project’s website,

“The pictures engender extreme polarities: the soft, secretive underwater emptiness of sleeping shipwrecks is paired with real, authentic sceneries full of liveliness and vigor, thus creating a new world, equally bizarre and irresistibly entangling…

 

These spectacular underwater galleries make divers fall under their spell and display the work of the ocean itself. During the weeks and months under water the ocean bequeaths impressive, peerless traces to the pictures. It adorns them with a certain, peculiar patina, endowing them with the countenance of bizarre evanescence and transfiguring them into rare beauties.”

Franke has also created two other series of shipwreck images using period piece studio photography, as opposed to the everyday activities of the Vandenberg project. For the SS Stavronikita shipwreck, Franke superimposes photographs of people dressed in clothing and participating in activities evocative of Rococo. For the USS Mohawk, a WWII shipwreck, Franke imagines what life on the ship might look like, and creates a series of images in which the sailors have returned to haunt the ship. (via slow art day)

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Benze’s Ultra Detailed Ink Drawings Are An Explosion Of Pleasure For Your Eyes

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Extremely detailed back and white drawings. Benze is an Hungarian artist who hand-draws ink illustrations. The work in singular. Looking like tattoos from far away, up close; it’s an invitation to explore every single detail forming the elaborate face, animal or flora.

Benze compares his process to a “distillation”. An attempt to part the traditional oil painting and the modern back and white graphics. The result is a blend of calligraphic style, an “art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner”; and perfectly traced features. The artist’s intention is to give pleasure to the eye. The explosion of intricate characteristics within a general shape calls the attention. Benz tells a story within a story. Leaving the viewers the option to just see the bigger image or to go deeper into the thousands of fine-drawn hidden elements.

“The tattooed looking components are very important parts of my drawings because they continuously open up new interpretations of the image”.
The designs imitating tattoo graphics open the imagination for endless new interpretations. The structure of the drawings create an energy which can never bore the eye. (via Illusion Magazine)

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Woolly Pocket Presents: Lee Kwang-Ho

Korean Artist Lee Kwang-Ho portraits of cacti, succulents and other plants take a deeper look at the living objects around us that we take for granted. Lee’s work recalls that of Georgia O’Keefe’s in the way that their zoomed-in focus creates abstractions and make us look at these objects in a different way. Lee’s ability to capture light and movement while maintaining a soft focus on the subject gives the paintings an ethereal, dream-like quality.

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Moon Hoon’s Home Library Slide

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If you were similarly a nerd-child, this home library would have been better than any I could conjure.  Architect Moon Hoon designed this extremely family friendly house.  The spaces throughout the house are very versatile with this library being its highlight.  Embedded in the bookshelves is a wooden slide.  Also, the shelves double as tiered seating for the home theater.  Moon Hoon says of the feature:

“The multi-use stair and slide space brings much active energy to the house, not only children, but also grown ups love the slide staircase. An action filled playful house for all ages.” [via]

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Shirt Of The Month!

 

Each month, Beautiful/Decay will release a new shirt on the Beautiful/Decay shop before they hit any retail stores. The shirts will be printed in unique color ways in a select print run of just 300 shirts. Oh, and did we mention that we’ll be giving you a 33% discount off retail prices, pricing them at just $20 a shirt?

 

Here’s a rundown of the B/D monthly shirt release:

 

– Available in advance before the season ships to retailers
– Unique color way printed in a select run of 300 shirts
– 33% discount off retail price, at just $20 a shirt

 

First Release “Lost Face” by Vladimir (Waldez) Snegotskiy aka Ctrl-V


Vladimir Sengotskiy creates his hypercolor fantasmagoric creations in multi-media, ranging from print, web, motion and beyond. His recent design for Beautiful/Decay apparel is a neo-neon medusa’s head mask, seething with bright purple, yellow, blue and brown snakes and line confetti. Carnival masques meets facepaint!

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE LOST FACE!

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Tonalis Luminous – Salvador Orara

Tonalis Luminous (also known as tink-tinks) is a new breed of tonal flowers discovered by sound artist, Salvador Orara. Sensitive to light, each flower has it’s own sonic personality and mood which requires careful attention. Check out a video of the Tonalis Luminous in action after the jump.

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Laurent Impeduglia’s Party

Not only does Belgium produce amazing french fries but they also have some extraordinary painters like Laurent Impeduglia. Laurent’s paintings are full off alternative worlds where castles are erected for paintings, crocodiles know how to party, and dooms day is celebrated like its 1999.

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Yoshimasa Tsuchiya’s Unknown Creatures

Yoshimasa Tsuchiya’s beautifully delicate creatures are painstakingly carved out of wood and hand painted. Check out the Making page on his site to see the process.

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