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The Flying Dutchman phantom | spiritual mystic neo-surrealism
The Flying Dutchman phantomTry to answer one question without thinking. What is the most famous ghost object in the world? Probably, the majority will answer - "Flying Dutchman". The greatest legendary ghost is not a man, but a ship. It has been observed at the southern coast of Africa to these days, always at a great distance. It is described as an old, ragged sailing ship. For almost a half of millennium he does not find peace either day or night. For hundreds of years, he has been continuously carrying across all seas and oceans with a terrible and unknown force. At night, on his masts, the fires of St. Elm are coldly shaking, and in the daytime the sun burns its decayed deck. Water is splashing in numerous body holes, but this does not prevent it from holding steadily onto the wave. Its sails are always full of fair wind, and even in complete calm it moves forward assertively. It always appears unexpectedly, in any weather conditions, arises from non-being, a specter that foretelling troubles. The legend of the Flying Dutchman surfaced 400 years ago. With the fact that the famous ghost ship is called "Flying Dutchman" appears to be clear. According to most legends, the Dutchman was a blasphemous captain. But why is the "Dutchman" flying? Perhaps because it is inhabited by ghosts, perhaps because it is leading the ships to the reefs and it flies away at the very last moment dissolving in to the heavens.
The artwork "Ghost of the Flying Dutchman" is one of the series "Ghost Ships". This is the persona view of the artist on the legendary theme. At all times in society, there are artists and innovators who stand out with their ability to overturn convincingly generally accepted standards. The author’s digital version adds more mysteries to the conventional ghost ship image. His "Flying Dutchman" combines several incompatible concepts. It is made of a stone block, an iceberg, and an ancient fortress altogether. Let’s take a close look. Ghost ships have been seen a lot. Some of them were real vessels from wood and metal, other real ghosts made either from the clouds, vapours, or enveloped in thick fog. Making their way, they hovered through the air, swamping and hiding in their parallel world.
However, this ship is similar to a monument, to a monument of all ghost ships together. It is a collective image. Its matter was created by writers' creativity, eyewitness’s accounts, ancient drawings and engravings. It is a reflection made by artists of all times and different countries, as well as our feelings and assumptions. Its base is a rock, an iceberg protruding above the water. The sea waves have been sculpting this statue for a long time. The ship is a legend, a mystery, and a myth. This image is a fantasmogonic conjunction of a ghost and a real matter. Ancient stone tower has nothing to do with the ship. And only the wreckage of the foremast or bowsprit, sticking out of the opening completes the image. The artist's talent and skills with which he broke the usual order, turned all the meanings and moved the objects inside out, convinces the viewer that we are not in a presence of a simple ship, but the same old "Dutchman". It's made of stone, but it's flying too. It's a stone, but it's a ghost. It lonely stands somewhere, where the clouds float above it, polished by waves. The giants of the sea, whales are its only visitors. It is a monument to all the ships and souls that have disappeared in the high seas.
© George Grie, 2006
This picture has been published in the following projects:
2009. Den Nye Opera - Den Flygende Hollender, Norway. The Flying Dutchman work has been used as a poster and gigantic premier banner by the Bergen National Opera house. Den Flygende Hollender - Flying Dutchman is an opera, with music and libretto by Richard Wagner.
2010, "Dehydration , The Sand Castle, The Flying Dutchman, " works published in, "Science Geeks" magazine in South Korea.
2011, Emond Montgomery Publications features The Flying Dutchman artwork in the Canadian grade 9-10 Visual Textbook.
2013 Muy Interesante science magazine, Spain Madrid published Flying Dutchman in double page. Popular science magazine published in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Portugal, and Chile.
2013, World Dish, Russia , a solo CD album of Manager (Oleg Sudakov) a former member of the famous punk band Grazhdanskaya Oborona (Egor Letov). Soviet and Russian psychedelic punk rock bands.
2016, London Symphony Orchestra & Predrag Gosta, UK/USA/Germany, Promo CD of Maestro Gosta, conducting the famous London Symphony Orchestra.
(Title Rus) Фантом Летучего Голландца
Software media: Adobe Photoshop ®, Adobe Illustrator ®, Autodesk 3ds Max ®, Photo Stock,
*Text editing Heather W.W.
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