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Old 03-28-2014, 10:47 AM
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"The Sinking World Art Exhibit comes to the Treasure Coast
Fort Pierce, FL – (March 8, 2014)

Art inspired by the Ocean’s depths, “The Sinking World,” art exhibition will be visiting the Treasure Coast beginning Saturday, March 29th, 2014 and will be on display through Saturday May 3rd, 2014. This exhibit is compliments of Sea-Life Habitat Improvement Project, Inc. (aka SHIP), the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, the Arts Cultural Alliance of St. Lucie County and Reefmakers, Inc.

This unique exhibit by Austrian art photographer Andreas Franke consists of dozens of digitally composited images from the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a former Air Force missile tracking ship that was scuttled in May, 2009 to become and artificial reef in the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary and the USCG Mohawk, an historic WWII Coast Guard Cutter which rests off the coast of Sanibel Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

With his project “The Sinking World”, Andreas Franke brings a strange, forgotten underwater world back to life and stages realms of an unprecedented kind. The resting giants at the bottom of the sea do not only form fascinating and unique backgrounds for Franke’s sceneries. They also constitute the best exhibition sites imaginable. This lively, animate, secretive nothingness, this menacing, wild emptiness would haunt and seduce the renowned Austrian photographer and passionate diver Andreas Franke.

This Viennese artist, famous for his amazingly detailed and meticulously construed stagings of international brands, saw the possibility for a unique platform in the sleeping giant at the bottom of the sea. He took studio photographs representing scenes from everyday life and superimposed them on the absurd, peerless, submarine background formed by the ship and its ambiance.

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.

“We are very excited to bring this work to the Treasure Coast,” says Andy Brady, President of SHIP, Inc. and the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Navy UDT- SEAL Museum. “SHIP is dedicated to deploying a large military ship off of the Treasure Coast as an artificial reef and is hopeful that when we obtain our ship that there is an historical tie to the Navy UDT- SEAL Museum. Projects such as the Vandenberg and Mohawk have proven to be successful for marine research, fishing and diving interests. The underwater gallery component is a unique way to demonstrate the awesome things that can develop with such a project and the positive economic impacts to a community has been well documented. In the United States, the Sinking World has only been on display in Key West, Fort Myers and New York City, to we are thrilled to be able to show this unique collection here on the Treasure Coast.”

The complete exhibit consists of both “Virgin” prints (art that has not been displayed underwater) and “Unique” prints. The “Unique” prints consist of the work that was displayed on the underwater galleries. The Navy UDT- SEAL Museum will exhibit the “Unique” pieces of the Mohawk Project. The “Unique” pieces of the Vandenberg Project will be displayed at the Pt. St. Lucie Civic Center and Island Images Professional Photography in Vero Beach will have 3 of the “Virgin” pieces of the Vandenberg on display.

The community will have an opportunity to meet the Artist, Andreas Franke on Saturday, March 29th. He will be at the Navy UDT- SEAL Museum from 10-11:30am, Island Images Noon-1pm and the Pt. St. Lucie Civic Center from 2:30-3:30pm. For more information contact April Price, (772) 285-1646, shipinc.slc@hotmail.com or go to our website www.SinkOurShip.org. "



The museum is worth seeing in its own right for watermen. Andreas Franke's unusual underwater art just adds further to the experience. You can see some of his work on the Vandenberg at: http://www.fksa.org/showthread.php?t=6019&page=2






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Would love to go and check out that museum, I have read tons of books on their history and it is definitely on my must do list.
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Would love to go and check out that museum, I have read tons of books on their history and it is definitely on my must do list.
It is a great place for watermen to go, divers, folks with an interest in the water. I grew up hearing about their exploits. It is worth visiting.
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From: http://i2.wp.com/



https://www.facebook.com/FloridaDiveConnection


Andreas Franke's show has come to the Ft. Lauderdale area and kicks off tomorrow night!
Andreas has added work to the exhibit from more wrecks. The reception tomorrow,
Friday, July 25, 2014 is from 5:30-9 p.m.at:

Frame 'n Art By the Sea
229A Commercial Blvd., Suite 106
Lauderdale By The Sea, FL 33308
954-267-9202

The exhibit continues through Sept. 21







He has placed artwork on the Vandenberg off Key West:



From: http://fksa.org/showthread.php?p=49822#post49822



https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-S...65703096857567



Despite efforts to seal the frames, the sea enters and works its own change on the art.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-S...65703096857567


on the S.S. Stavronikiti off Barbados:



From: http://jollydiver.com/



https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-S...65703096857567


Andeas Franke tried a different approach this time, staging involved set photography with period Rococo costumes which were then
superimposed on imagery from the wreck itself. The images were printed, sealed in frames (sort of) and mounted on the wreck.



From: http://www.carrier.co.uk/


and Mohawk off Ft. Meyers:



The Mohawk's send off
http://stephenweirarticles.blogspot.com/


Dave Sirak, Joe Weatherby and the guys really excelled both in sinking this vessel and in capturing what went on through numerous
cameras to the point that they won an Emmy! More imagery of the Mohawk on its way to the bottom at:






From: http://i0.wp.com/




Before ...
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-S...65703096857567



... and after, just add water and uh fish.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-S...65703096857567



Many more images of these and other Andreas Franke underwater projects can be found on his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-S...ndreas-Franke/



Most recently he mounted works outside the lounge windows of the submerged Niyama Resort & Spa in the Maldives.


https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-S...65703096857567


So come on down and check it out. It is an excellent exhibit for divers, water people and folks that just like intriguing, visual subjects.


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