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Intimacy

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juni 11, 2010

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Photographer Bent Rej opened his exhibition of Rolling Stones photos at Martin Asbæk Gallery yesterday. Bent shot his photos of the Stones back in 1965-66 when they weren’t yet renowned as one of the worlds greatest rockbands.

A few years ago I received 6 limited edition prints from this series as a gift. They now adorn the walls of my apartment and I can’t walk to the kitchen without getting a cheeky grin from Mick.
I think the great quality of Bents photos lies the intimacy they possess. They feel private, much different from the usual ad smiles I see on every billboard. They feel like the family portraits that also hang in the hallway of my aparment.

Intimacy is hard to come by as a photographer. But when the photographer turns subject and snaps a photo in the mirror, things start to get intimate. There’s something else present – that which escapes the photographer. A moment of solitude and privacy. When published, this kind of photo reveals what the subject wishes, not the photographer. This is true exhibitionism.

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Arrival of the first print

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juni 2, 2010

I had been waiting for days when finally on wednesday I could get my hands on the trial print of the new series based on the TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) painting that was originally shown at the Bottom Out exhibition last year.


TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday)

I am pleased with the result, the colors are rich and deep, the paper soft like velvet.
Holding the print I am filled with a sense of joy and pride. I’m guessing many authors and artists have felt the same way when holding the first copy of their work. Somehow it get’s more real when I see it in real life. – I made this.

The print series will be limited, all signed and numbered. Stay tuned in the coming days to get the details on availability and pricing.

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My Space

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on maj 25, 2010


I moved into my new studio on April 1st. this year.

It’s located in the Meat Packing district of Copenhagen. Some of the district is now inhabited by artists, and I have my studio in a shared space called “Slagtehus 40″ (Slaughterhouse 40) which opened only last summer.
As a former slaughtery it’s a rough space – walls covered with tiles, floors with epoxy to make it easy to clean off the blood from the cattle and swine being butchered here..
The place still smells like an animal. Partly from the traces of blood, partly from the catering firm housed downstairs. I have no idea what they’re making, but it doesn’t seem mouth watering.

My space is in the corner of a larger shared room, edges marked by tape on the floor.
It’s not huge, but I have enough room to work and store some of my previous pieces.
In the corner I have my desk on which I draw, sketch, blog and communicate using my mac.
My windows face the courtyard where in the summerevenings the hip young crowds gather in front of the bars “Karriere” and ” Jolene”.
The floor and walls is where I paint my acrylic works.

I like it here. It’s my space.

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Long hours

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on januar 29, 2010

These days,
there’s really not that much interesting to watch on television…

I shot this video the other day: wondering what the famed Danish arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen would have spent his time doing during his trips up north.

Remember, this was before the time of the Jedi…

Knud now spends his days looking at the Baltic sea from Skovshoved north of Copenhagen.
His statue was placed there in 1963.

Hava a look and enjoy ;o)

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How did it all go at Brorsons?

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on maj 29, 2009

Hi friends,

so yesterday was the big day at Brorsons, and I had a blast as did hopefully everyone else present. Thank you all for coming!!! This event would have been nothing without you :o)
Lots of friends and family showed up, as well as some people that were new to my paintings.

The end result of the vote is still to be tallied within the next few days as we are nearing sunday 7th of June. This day is also the day of the vote for the European parliament, so there is still a chance to cast your vote here on the blog in the right hand side of the screen!

One painting was sold: ” Can I have one More” (Angelina Jolie), for this I am truly thankful and humbled. So amazing to see the fruits of ones work bringing joy to other people.

“Can I have one More” (Angelina Jolie)

Due to the situation with the Iraqi refugees there was some coverage in DR1: “Jersild Live” did an interview with rector Per Ramsdal of Brorsons church and Birthe Rønn Hornbech – Minister for Refugees, Immigrants and Integration and for Ecclesiastical Affairs. Check it out here

Below is a short status video that Thorbjørn Hein did on his cellphone. Sorry english speakers, it’s in Danish. Thanks for the coverage Thorbjørn!

Best regards, Carl

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