A visual treatise on meaning, with sharkenflies

Design by celandinestern

A visual treatise on meaning, with sharkenflies by celandinestern on Threadless
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celandinestern
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About the print: 7 colors on white, 6 colors on dark gray. In a perfect world, the lines shown black on the image would be printed in metallic silver.

About the idea: Between Damien Hirst, who managed to pickle the very meaning of life and death in his iconic shark preserve, and Murakami Takashi who keeps adamantly refuting any deeper meaning behind his superflat celebrations of nonsense, there is a wide playing field for exploring the idea of the flexibility of meaning. Where do we look for meaning, and how do we know whether we've found it? Does labeling your piece as deep make it so? Does labeling it as nonsense invoke depth by the principle of reverse psychology?

This piece has veered from its originally intended meaning during the creation process - when it was done I realized it was in fact dedicated to Herman Melville, and obliquely inspired by a line from Chapter 45 of 'Moby Dick', where Ishmael entreats the reader to believe the white whale is real:

"So ignorant are most landsmen of some of the plainest and most palpable wonders of the world, that without some hints touching the plain facts, historical and otherwise, of the fishery, they might scout at Moby Dick as a monstrous fable, or still worse and more detestable, a hideous and intolerable allegory."

ben chen
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nice~~!!

Angeliss

^_^

I voted!

cateditor

Fantassssstic!

frostedlemoncoward

Great job; I love the sharkenflies! You have a really nice art style.

Bio-bot 9000
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sharkenflies!

Awesome. although maybe on cream?

angelatag

i can never beat an explanation like that!

celandinestern
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hahaahh sorry is the explanation too much? It's horrible to overexplain your own piece, but they said we should give some connection to the theme......

thanks for all the comments!!! Bio-bot - I tried cream, it looked decidedly meh.... I think the dark gray version worked out ok though, for those who really don't like white....

celandinestern
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thanks :D I like how the dark version came out. I like how different the two are.

The Paper Crane
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Yeah $weet!
although flying sharks arnt that sweet really, in fact come to think of it they would be pretty frightening :)

celandinestern
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hahaha well they're only wickle ones!!! you could squish them like roaches. Thanks guys :)

B 7
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so awesome! $5

Maltzmania
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oh man the colors make me smile

angelatag

hahaahh sorry is the explanation too much? It's horrible to overexplain your own piece, but they said we should give some connection to the theme......

no worries! few people here (myself included) ever really explain that articulately anyway...i just can never seem to find the perfect words to sum up my designs ;)

boostr29
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love it! $5

fhigi25
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awesome!

celandinestern
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I didn't know they had wall scrolls? I hope they make it into a wall scroll :) I hope they make it into a something!!!

celandinestern
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hmm. maybe I could do my own?! :P though those suckers must be expensive to print....

celandinestern
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heh thanks guys :D ummm except that last one I guess :/

FRICKINAWESOME
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Super combo here of ferocious chum lubbers and delicate flower pieces. Nice contrast and i like it best on creme.

celandinestern
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you guys are so sweet :)

celandinestern
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and your explanation behind it is pop as all get out.

hahahahah I hope that means 'very' :D
thanks!!

Resistance
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very cool

celandinestern
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I hope the black lines stay as they are.
Silver would feel a little too much H&M kitsch to me.


hahahah maybe, maybe!! I'm kinda torn - I'd like to see both options and then decide which one works better. Probably a moot point anyway, but thanks for your opinion! :)

Coffeemunkii

Although this has a different feel from your first piece, I think it shows your talent as an artist .... I love the sense of movement and the flowers are just exquisite.

cateditor

sigh I hope this makes it. So much. I personally can still envision it on light blue (ahem ;) ), but I do like the white. The purple is not for me... but it's interesting how the two are so different.

Alex1412

Cool! really like it on dark grey!

igo2cairo
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This is so cool! I dig it one white. $5

katsafras

love it!!

Libster

I like the light one. Awesome awesome design!

rbthatcher
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Those are Sharkenflies all right!

lawrence loh
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like all ur style

celandinestern
celandinestern profile pic Artist

hahahah neither am I :)

SaMtRoNiKa

great idea! :D good luck, hope this get printed!!

dschwen
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Nice!!

Hagnii

Most definitely 5. Terrific job.

I really really really like the dark gray one. The contrast is fantastic and then the nearly subliminal sharks pull you in to investigate even further.

I hope this does well. : D

celandinestern
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thanks :) finally over 500 votes, woohoo!! :)

I'm a little worried because some of the other pieces subbed in the pop art comp seem to have scored really low comparatively to their quality... meh, wait and see I guess

celandinestern
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just one day left....... wonder what the score will be???

cateditor

hopes hopes

celandinestern
celandinestern profile pic Artist

oooo can I break 600 votes??? :D

lily1029

really nice, best of luck! :)

fhigi25
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cool!

fhigi25
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i already commented on this thrice now!

celandinestern
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hahahaha not sure it will quite get there :D well of course it might, since this is technically cheating, me commenting. But I'm very happy with the 600 votes!!! :)

sjem

Good lord this is marvellous - and an intellectual treatise to back it up.

celandinestern
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There!! You made me do it!! giggle

celandinestern
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hahahahahah yeah, woohoo :)

celandinestern
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last minutes.... what will it be?!?!?!?

celandinestern
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meh, did like I thought. it just hasn't got that 'awwz' factor...

a little bit blue about it, gotta confess.

aNomiH

love this design

RobotDoomSquid

Haha. I like this. The darker shirt is more fun.

Maltzmania
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the colors and concept of this make me go yay!

Orbanya
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I like this one a lot. Sorry I missed the vote! :(

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