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Print of the Month // April
Dream on !
Dream on is a visual storytelling series that started out as a creative outlet during the pandemic lockdown, bringing together a surreal experience through photography and digital painting techniques. The images are otherworldly, composing pink elephants in idyllic landscapes floating on clouds, through nature, but also placed in spaces of confinement. Dream on exposes the absurdity of our reality in the everyday, but also the fantastical nature of where our minds lead us in isolated, stagnant periods. Playful and dream-like, these anthropomorphistic elephants remind the viewer of the exploratory nature of our minds. In a time of stagnation where travel and novelty experiences are limited, Dream on indulges in these desires. With child-like wonder and curiosity a universal story of escapism is created between the seams of physical reality and the imagination.
Soapbubble Studies Lockdown Edition
Lockdown Soap Bubbles Studies is a collection of works born out of the 2020 pandemic, and part of the wider Soap Bubbles Studies photography series which depicts soap bubbles floating in front of uninhabited natural landscapes. In place of the natural settings characteristics of the original images, Plank uses a photography backdrop of kitsch landscapes set up in her own backyard.
Started as a direct response to the travel restrictions imposed by Covid-19, the backdrop element of Lockdown offers a humorous twist on the impersonal photos of palm trees and idyllic beaches, for instance prevalent as floor-to-ceiling wallpaper in the 70s and 80s. The resulting photographs don’t disguise the use of a backdrop; the highly saturated colours hint at an artificial perfection, while the creases from the stretched out backdrop are kept visible in the final image.
In Lockdown Soap Bubbles Studies, Plank plays with the juxtaposition of a fleeting soap bubble, reminiscent of childhood and about to burst at any second, with an intemporal background that remains forever unchanged and perfect. The contrast between the floating suds and the immobile palm fronds invites contemplation and hints at a fragile transience — perhaps a commentary on the 2020 global experience of keeping things on hold, or an echo of the impermanence of life on earth.
Paper Love- Same Same but Different ?
You just discovered you favorite artwork and wonder what the heck is Photorag ? Wonder no longer I am here to help. I have to admit I am quite in love with Hahnemuehle Fine Art Papers, especially Photo Rag and German Etching. That is why you will find most Prints printed as Gicleé Print on either Photo Rag or German Etching. I do offer C- Prints ( which is a fancy word for good old photo - almost 99 % of my C- Prints are printed on Fuji Matte Photo Paper ) , you can find the paper description below under each artwork.
Looking for a unique artwork fitting exactly your needs ? Look no further ! You can commission me for digital and analogue artworks .Here are a few facts you should consider before inquiring:
*Digitally I can create art that stretches from tiny to several meters width and length ( so far the biggest artwork I´ve created is 10 x 5 meters , which is hanging behind a hotel lobby in Las Vegas )
Analogue artworks are currently limited to 100x150cm.
*I create photographic art ,digital created images and altered images. Depending on the project I may also offer analogue techniques.You may want to checkout my portfolio to see what I´m currently doing.
Marlies Plank is a photographic artist and graphic designer whose work surveys the surreal, the dreamlike and the uncanny. Born in Vienna in 1981, she has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and North America at galleries including the Museum of Photography, Los Angeles ,Pavlovs Dog Gallery, Berlin and had her work presented at Billboards across L.A. Clients include Maison Valentino, Le Monde, Die Zeit, Seabourn Cruise Line and Harvard Business Review among others.
She amalgamates digital photography and post production techniques. Her vibrant works explore humanistic ideas, and often convey rich emotion through the superimposition of vibrant colours, patterns and designs over her photographs. This enables a considered survey of the overlap between real life and the dream state, as well as the emotions that the surreal is capable of conjuring up.