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Review: Matthew Stone and Asger Carlsen at the V1 gallery

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on april 19, 2010

Now is the time for all you fine art photography buffs to swing by the V1 Gallery in Copenhagens very own MEPA district – Kødbyen.
V1 is hosting a joint exhibition of works by two up and coming artists that both have an eye for the human form.

As the press material states, Matthew Stone is such a promising artist that The Sunday Times has named him the most influential British artist under 30. Norman Rosenthal – famed curator and organiser of the controversial “Sensation” exhibit at the Royal Academy – has compared Stone to a young Hirst.
In short, Stone is not your everyday amateur photographer.

Asger Carlsen is not a stranger at the V1 gallery. Although the Dane works and lives in New York City, he has guested the V1 six times in the past five years. I guess that’s what you call an in-house artist.

Carlsen contributes “Wrong” – a series of doctored photos that at first glance look like the everyday snapshots we all manage to catch on the holiday to Rome or at grandmas birthday. The point of entry for Carlsen seems to be to make the viewer question reality. Are things really what they seem? Carlsen creates morphed images that depict people with duplicate faces, an MC rider with wooden legs and beachscapes inhabited by huge styrofoam blobs.

Many of the photos inspire laughs and smiles, some are plain ugly and for some I think V1’s introducing text puts it accurately by using the phrase “I wish I could Un-see this”.

In my opinion Carlsens theme has been tested thoroughly before, and I am not incredibly shaken by the idea that someone possibly tries to sell me something or manipulate me everytime I open a magazine. A number of television and viral ad campaigns spring to mind already, just think of Carlsbergs ping pong penguins and you get the picture.
As far as contemporary relevancy goes, this is a bit 2005-ish.

I have to give Carlsen credit for his photshop skills and choice of motif. I can’t tell whether he decides beforehand and has a composition in mind or just sorts through his archive of snapshots and picks out which ones to work on.
I suspect it’s a little bit of both. Especially the works of people with wooden legs look preconcieved and must have been created by repeated shots at the same location and then a bunch of layer masking in photoshop.

Bottom line: Carlsens photos are interesting and funny. they inspire a moment of contemplation, but the concept
gets old fast, and I quickly wonder if the dog knows other tricks.
A few photos have a nice aesthetics about them, but the majority make me want to vomit. But if you’re into weird, then there’s plenty to indulge in here.

Whereas Carlsen doctors the surreal, Matthew Stone focuses on human reality – close up.
His photoseries “Bodylanguage” hides nothing as it explores the human shape. Stone molds landscapes by twisting his models in every which way. Most of his photos are set in a controlled lighting environment with clear reference to Man Ray and Mapplethorpe. In that respect there is not much new under the sun – or clothes.

Some of the more interesting works are photos set in a gridlike frame. These cubicle shaped grids are displayed on the floor and create a 3rd dimension that is interesting for a subject like photography. This effect is mirrored in the cropping of some of the wall hung photos. These create a 3rd dimension in itself, and the resulting cubes appear as though they had different photos on each side.

I find Stones’ landscapes intrinsically interesting – hypnotic in fact. They have a visual quality about them that sucks the viewer in. Details abound. The sharpness and resolution forces me to look closer and inspect every little goosebump on the thighs of these naked bodies.

Are naked bodies relevant in 2010? The controversy issue must be dead by now, but Stones bodyscapes invoke emotions and a sense of curiosity that can never be irrelevant. As far as aesthetics go – Stone’s got me hooked.

The exhibition closes May 1st. Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday: 12-18. Saturday: 12-16.


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Waiting for friday, retirement, life etc.

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on oktober 6, 2009

I think one of the fallacies of 9-5 is that we are “saving up” for the real life.

I used to cringe whenever I heard someone say “I can’t wait till friday” in my old job.
Even worse when I was occaionally lured into the choir of: “When I turn 40 I’ll sell my company and have drinks on the beach” Or “I’m just going to play golf when I retire”

Made me feel like I was wasting my time doing spreadsheets.

Waiting for friday could be a long time, is all I’m saying.
Sure, living like there’s no tomorrow gets old fast, but balance the hamsterwheel and indulgence?
Friday night indulgence below, Enjoy!

T.G.I.F. (Thank God It’s Friday) from Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

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Overtime vs. own time

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on oktober 3, 2009

What an evening!

The exhibition “Bottom out?” opened yesterday evening and I am thrilled that so many great people shared the experience. Thank you all for making it a fun event!

I’ll be posting pictures from the opening as soon as I get them off my cousins Camera. Thanks for helping out Niels!

If there is one thing this path of painting has shown me, it’s that long working hours are not the same as overtime. Overtime doesn’t exist when it’s my own time.

Below a little cartoonish piece from the exhibit, I’ll be posting more of these in the coming weeks as well.

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Invitation to the exhibition “Bottom out?”

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juli 31, 2009

Just Another Gallery

inviterer Dem med ledsager til


“Bottom Out?”

“Inverted Girl” from Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

Phrasal Verb: [bottom out]: To descend to the lowest point possible, after which only a rise may occur…

See: U.S. subprime mortgage crisis.

bot·tomn.: The trousers or short pants of pajamas. Often used in the plural.

Informal:The buttocks.

Fredag d. 2. Oktober 2009

kl. 18.00-20.00

Der vil blive serveret vådt og knastørt.

Nye malerier af:


Med venlig hilsen

Carl Frederik Waage Beck

Udstillingen er herefter åben: 3. Oktober – 8. Oktober kl. 16:00-19:00

Just Another Gallery har denne gang til huse i:

Oehlenschlægersgade 53A – 1663 København V

Tlf. 30244442

Vis stort kort

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Idea: Painting in the dark?

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juli 17, 2009

Some weeks ago I proclaimed that my next project was going to be all about naked people…
And then last week I went ahead anyway and did a classic paintshooter job on Michael Jackson, RIP.
Sorry about that, I just had to have a painting of MJ the way he looked back in the early days…

Back to the naked theme: I’m planning a new exhibit this fall somewhere i Copenhagen!
Stay tuned for more info and updates….

So, I am super thrilled to unveil a new painting in the “Naked People” series: “Inverted girl”
Best regards, Carl

“Inverted girl” from Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

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What Would Warhol do?

juni 13, 2009

I was lucky enough to visit the exhibition of Warhols portraits at the Grand Palais in Paris today. One of the things that struck me, is that sometimes you don’t really need a new style, or a new approach to painting. Sometimes it’s actually perfectly right what your doing already. All you have to do […]

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How to help 282 Iraqis while enjoying art and drinks

maj 22, 2009

Hi all, I am happy to be able to tell you that the church council on monday decided to cooperate and let the 50 Iraqis stay in Brorsons Church. This will not influence the reception in celebration of the “Frelservalg / saviour 2009″ exhibition being held on thursday 28th from 5 pm-8 pm. I hope […]

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Brorsons church: join for a celebrational reception!

maj 17, 2009

Dear all, to celebrate my first “real” solo exhibition you are hereby invited to join for a reception in Brorsons Church on Thursday May 28th between 17:00 and 20:00. Please spread the word and forward the danish versioned pdf of the invitation below. Danish invitation At the exhibition you will be able to cast your […]

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Getting ready for the exhibition

marts 31, 2009

April 5th is nearing, and I am preparing the last canvasses for the exhibition in Brorsons church. I am incrediby excited to see the final result, and so happy to be able to lead this crazy lifestyle. One that note, have a look at what Hugh does, its really mindblowing :o) Tomorrow I will load […]

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Which of these 7 people is your saviour?

marts 10, 2009

“Elect your saviour 2009″ From Sunday April 5th. at 10:30 am through Sunday June 7th. Brorsons Kirken (Brorsons Church) will open its doors for my exhibition titled “Elect your saviour 2009″ showing new portrait paintings of modern day saviour Icons – those self proclaimed as well as those idolicized by the public. My intention with […]

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