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Soapbubble Studies// Wild West Lockdown Edition - Limited Edition of 15 Photograph

Marlies Plank


Photography, Color on Paper

Size: 35.4 W x 23.6 H x 0.1 D in

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Soapbubble Studies - Wild West 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. Limited Edition of 15+2ap Gicleé Print on Hahnemuehle Photorag. 60x90cm handsigned and numbered.

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Photography:Color on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:15

Size:35.4 W x 23.6 H x 0.1 D in

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Marlies Plank is a renowned contemporary artist from Austria, whose works represent a unique fusion of color, form, and emotion. Born in Vienna, she discovered her passion for photography at an early age. Marlies Plank's art stands out for her ability to blend abstract elements with figurative aspects. In her creations, the boundaries between reality and imagination are blurred, leading the viewer into a captivating world of expressions. Marlies Plank had the unique opportunity to collaborate with the prestigious fashion house Maison Valentino. Her artworks were featured as the main element in the designer collections of 2014 and 2015, celebrating the connection between fashion and art. Her works can be found in prestigious galleries and art collections around the world. Marlies Plank has enthralled a multitude of art enthusiasts and critics, continually captivating people's hearts with her unique artistic vision. Her long-term photography project, "Soapbubble Studies," has been in progress since 2010 and has become a significant milestone in her career. In this project, Marlies Plank captures giant soap bubbles floating through idyllic landscapes. The combination of majestic natural settings and the surreal elements of the floating soap bubbles creates a unique aesthetic, inviting the viewer to immerse into a world of fantasy. In the "Dream On" series, Marlies Plank takes us on a journey into a world full of surreal wonders and fantastic visions. The series depicts pink elephants in various epochs and within works of old master paintings. However, the inspiration behind these works goes deeper than the colors and forms the eye can perceive. The idea for the "Dream On" series originated from an unusual situation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Austria. When the Austrian government declared that a baby elephant would serve as a unit of measurement for the distance people were supposed to keep, Marlies Plank was fascinated by this whimsical concept. This absurd everyday measure helped her cope with the challenges of the pandemic and find a way to view reality through the lens of creativity. Over time, the artist began to perceive pink baby elephants in her surroundings, becoming a symbol of hope, comfort, and magic in uncertain times. Fondly called "Dream Elephants," they accompanied her through dark days, connecting her to her childhood imagination and creativity.

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