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by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juni 13, 2010

Artwork by Hugh Macleod I was out walking with the twins yesterday and decided to swing by one of Copenhagens more upscale galleries. This place is not much different from the rest of the galleries here, but having the twins along gave me an opportunity to see things from a different perspective.

The Gatekeeper. The gallery is 4 steep steps up from street level. Very prohibitive when entering with a pram, but I managed somehow.
At the outset I am not saying that bringing 2 4-month-old toddlers to an art show is necessarily a good idea, but at least it got me thinking about the way traditional galleries approach their audience.

White floors, white walls, white ceiling. The traditional way of presenting art is to remove it from it’s context. This serves to enforce the notion that the item showed really IS art and eliminates any doubt in the eyes of the observer. This is one of the cornerstones of the “Found Objects” branch of art which claims anything can be art as long as it’s removed from it’s context. Think only of Damien Hirsts Sharks or Duchamps urinals.

Intimidating. The traditional art gallery is not for everyone. Whether this intimidating atmosphere is intended to discourage the observer from questioning the artistical quality of the items showed or simply to attract and repel certain segments of viewers is open for debate.
It’s probably a little bit of both though.

The traditional gallery is dying.
Like the cartoon? check Out Hugh Macleods work.

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Thesis theme

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on maj 18, 2010

Installation of Thesis 1.7

I finally did something I have been wanting to do for a long time – switch my wordpress theme to Thesis.

The theme i used before (Pixeled) just didn’t allow me to take control over the look and feel of this site, but changing themes is not something you do everyday. Those of you who may have had a look at the site a few hours ago would have witnessed a chaos of lines and text all garbled up.

It’s a work in progress, but at least now the road ahead is more manageable.
I’ll be adding a lot of new pages to the site in the coming weeks, but for now I have kept it roughly as it was before, although in a much more minimalist look.
I like the uncluttered look, so who knows, maybe I’ll keep it.

Projects under way

Shooping Cart: The site is just beginning it’s major overhaul and I plan on launching a new shopping cart feature for all you artlovers out there. Very soon you’ll be able to buy original pieces as well as prints straight from this site. No need to email any longer! Of course it will all be based on paypal which makes it a 100% seamless integration.

Fine Art Prints: I have decided to make a few of my paintings and drawings available as prints. Some will be offered as openended series, others will be limited edition signed series.

“Art In the Making” More videos to come as I get under way with the work in my new studio. In the meantime have a look at the videos in the sidebar to the right —–>

Stay tuned and Enjoy!

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