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Austrian artist Andreas Franke has just launched a ground-breaking underwater art installation off the coast of Sanibel Island in Florida entitled Mohawk Project:  The Life Above Refined Below.  Using sunken World War II battleship the USS Mohawk, magnets attach the twelve photo exhibition to the iron hull.  Exploring themes of love, loss, and youth at a time when the world was at war, Franke has evoked a sense of life and love transcending death, a defiance of the devastation and suffering experienced during that period.  Most importantly, it reminds us of just how young and optimistic those sailors and their sweethearts were all those years ago, and how quickly lives were changed and loves were lost.

The USS Mohawk, or “Mighty Mo,” was sunk last year to act as an artificial reef.  The ship that helped carry off the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France also survived 14 Nazi attacks and rescued more than 300 sailors from torpedoed ships during WWII.  Franke first photographed the ghostly ship swarming with fish while diving in August.  He then shot a second series of photographs featuring contemporary models in 1940s styling that were then superimposed over the original shots.  Franke says, “I imagined these sailors waiting in the North Atlantic for a German sub to attack them, so in these images I tried to make their lives a little bit nicer with the girls on board.  If I was there, what would I want?  It’s a dream, a fantasy land for sailors.”

This Mohawk Project is another exhibition in a series of underwater exhibitions by Andreas Franke.  He also displayed retro images on the WWII ship USNS General Hoty S. Vandenberg and photos of Renaissance aristocracy frolicking on sunken freighter ship SS Stavronikita.  The Mohawk Project underwater exhibition will be attached to the ship until September, where it will then be exhibited in more conventional, land-bound galleries.  For more information, please visit the artist’s website here.

Image 5 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 5 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 10 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 10 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 2 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 2 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 1 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 1 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 11 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 11 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 6 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 6 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 7 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 7 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 12 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 12 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 3 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

Image 3 from the Mohawk Project by Andreas Franke, 2013

-Jayme Catalano

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Philip Harvey captures the essence of scorching summer days and balmy nights in his most recent body of work.  Ironically, the commercial photographer who captures the essence of summer lives in San Francisco, a city well-known for its year round chill.  His cheerful, colorful images capture the melting decadence of ice cream, the sophisticated luxury of French macarons, and the nostalgic joy of soda.  For more information and additional images from his portfolio, please visit his website here.

Philip Harvey 2013

Philip Harvey 2013

Philip Harvey 2013

Philip Harvey 2013

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Philip Harvey 2013

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Philip Harvey 2013

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Philip Harvey 2013

-Jayme Catalano

Memorial photography and Victorian post-mortem photography are popular subjects among bloggers, especially around this time of year.  It seems we can’t get enough of this seemingly morbid and alien cultural practice.  If you’ve been living under a rock or would like more information, click here.

German artist Walters Schels and writer Beate Lakotta have resurrected the practice of post-mortem photography with their project “Noch Mal Leben” (Life Before Death:  Portraits of the Dying).  A collection of portraits taken while the terminally ill subject was alive and again after death, the images and text explore the experiences, hopes and fears one encounters at the end of a life.  As one subject says, “I’m going to die!  That’s all I think about, every second when I’m on my own.”   Another subject says, “I’m surprised that I have come to terms with it fairly easily.  Now I’m lying here waiting to die.  But each day that I have I savour, experiencing life to the full.  I never paid any attention to clouds before.  Now I see everything from a totally different perspective:  every cloud outside my window, every flower in the vase.  Suddenly everything matters.”  To see the complete collection and read the interviews, visit the exhibition website here.

Heiner Schmitz, 2003 by Walters Schels

Edelgard Clavey, 2003 by Walters Schels

Wolfgang Kotzahn, 2004 by Walters Schels

-Jayme Catalano

Renowned photographer Frank Espada spent the first 50 years of his career documenting the issues concerning minorities, culminating in The Puerto Rican Diaspora:  Themes in the Survival of a People, a book which has won numerous awards, and is represented in the Library of Congress along with 83 vintage prints.  Now in the sunset of his own life, Espada has turned his lense toward the sunset views over the Pacific Ocean, photographing the same patch of sky every day for a year.  “Pacific Skies” is an examination of the dynamic between the sun and the atmosphere as well as photographic composition and aesthetics related particularly to color, light, perspective, and form.  To view more from the collection, please click here.

Frank Espada

Frank Espada

Frank Espada

-Jayme Catalano

Photographer Martin Wilson, upon receiving his first camera at age 8, was given sage and ultimately prophetic advice by his father, “make every picture count.”  Wilson has been following his advice ever since.  His work is created frame by frame on 35mm film, a painstaking process whereby every frame from the roll is on display and every image has been shot in sequence.  The film is developed, scanned, and then pieced together digitally to make a large contact sheet.  Ultimately the contact sheet becomes the final piece of artwork.  He does not post process the film or digitally manipulate the images beyond arranging them side by side.  He calls the works “records of real journeys, the visual remnants of hours walking or cycling round town, bringing to life unheard of voices of the city.”  Martin Wilson is currently on exhibit at the London Tap Gallery in Altrincham, Cheshire.

My Burden is Light by Martin Wilson

Modern Art by Martin Wilson

Red Letter Days by Martin Wilson

Message from the Bears by Martin Wilson

Look Both Ways by Martin Wilson

For more information about purchasing the work, visit the artist’s website.

-Jayme Catalano

Susan Mikula uses expired and aged Polaroid film found at rummage sales to capture images of decimated Americana, ghostly figures, and haunting landscapes.  Like the badly outdated film itself, the images tell a story of the American Dream gone sour.  As her website describes, “Mikula has captured a fading aspect of a bygone era with fading film and an obsolete technology.”  Whether derelict and deserted industrial buildings, docks, or houses, the images all evoke the same feeling of barely remembered, semi-coherent dreams and memories. Mikula’s work is showing in Secretly Seeking at the Curatorium in Hudson, New York.

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Susan Mikula, american vale

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-Jayme Catalano

I was so honored to be a guest on the What is Art? Blog Talk Radio show recently.  Our topics of conversation included public relations for artists in the digital age, the rise of social media and visual marketing, branding, and advice on raising your profile among galleries, buyers, and the press.  Take half an hour to listen.

-Jayme Catalano

Oscar Wilde once said, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”  He also said, “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”  Clearly a bit concerned with imagination or a lack thereof, Oscar Wilde would surely have approved of San Francisco based interior designer Ken Fulk, a man who clearly possesses imagination in spades.  His own loft above his design studio in SoMa is punctuated with unique and tasteful pieces of contemporary and classic fine art, bold colors, and varied texture.  Recently photographed by Philip Harvey for the blog Style Saloniste, the loft is an inspiration to those wishing to avoid the boring, unimaginative, or consistent.  Moreover, it is a veritable pantheon devoted to eclecticism and taste.  For more of Ken Fulk’s designs, visit his website.  For more of Philip Harvey’s photography, click here.

Photography by Philip Harvey. Design by Ken Fulk.

-Jayme Catalano

Photograph by Philip Harvey. Design by Ken Fulk.

Photography by Philip Harvey. Design by Ken Fulk.

Photograph by Philip Harvey. Design by Ken Fulk.

The Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota is the physical embodiment of jazz, at least according to its architect Frank Gehry.  A temple to modern architecture and what some may call the Bilbao Effect, the museum is a collection of undulating curves, shiny metal and rivets, a futuristic Ait Benhaddou in a Midwestern oasis.  As Gehry says, “Liquid architecture.  It’s like jazz- you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something.  And I think it’s a way of – for me, it’s a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.”  He believes, “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”  The museum, located on the University of Minnesota campus, is  open Tuesdays through Sundays and admission is always free.  Click here to learn more.

Photo by Philip Harvey. All rights reserved.

Photo by Philip Harvey. All rights reserved.

Photo by Philip Harvey. All rights reserved.

Photo by Philip Harvey. All rights reserved.

To see more work by photographer Philip Harvey, click here.

-Jayme Catalano

Ironically, the popularity of digital apps such as Hipstamatic and Instagram have revitalized the near corpse that was instant analog film technology.  Located in Holland, the last remaining Polaroid production plant has been purchased and resuscitated by 10 former employees who shared a passion and a dream to save instant film from extinction.  Calling it the Impossible Project, they prevented 300,000 perfectly functioning cameras from becoming obsolete while inventing and producing totally new instant film for use in traditional Polaroid cameras.  Starting from scratch as Polaroid color dyes are no longer available, the team had one year to devise a functional film system.  Several different silver tone and color films were the result of thousands of laboratory hours and decades of joined experience.  Original Polaroid cameras and Impossible film are available for purchase on the company website and in stores throughout the US.

Flow by JL Pictures

Lunchtime Escapade by Doruk C. Yamac

Happy to be COOL by Ashley D. Saldana

-Jayme Catalano