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Accessible and shallow?

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juni 22, 2010

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A friend of mine called and we agreed to go for a walk.
We met up a Forum metro station just after lunch and decided to take a stroll around the Copenhagen harbour. On such a sunny day Copenhagen is a beautiful city. We soon got around to discussing city planning – why some parts of the city become popular and why some just don’t.

“Ørestaden” is a newly built part of Copenhagen that used to be a desolate field on the island of Amager. That was before they built the Bridge of Øresund connecting Denmark and Sweden. At the time the idea behind Ørestaden was to create a huge area of urban dwellings for the growing population of the combined Copenhagen/Malmö region.
And so they built. Each new housing project more ambitious than the next. Each architect had his own idea of a magnificent building. Every square meter of allowed retailspace was jammed together in “Fields” – The largest shopping mall in Scandinavia. No cafes, no restaurants, no cosy little places to hang out. No-one thought about the urban area as a whole and what it takes to create what James Kunstler calls a place worth caring about.

Sadly Ørestaden now looks to become yet another ghetto. It’s simply not a place that anyone want’s to visit because it doesn’t speak to us. It’s bleak and inaccessible. From an architectural standpoint many of the buildings in Ørestaden are succesful. VM bjerget – “Mountain Dwellings” is an example of this, having won 4 international awards. Blame it on the recession, but apartments in VM -bjerget are now being offered for rent at reduced prices.

Art has many of the same characteristics as architecture, Not coincidentally the Danish School of Architecture is housed in the Royal Academy of Arts. So what makes some art more popular than other? Technical prowess, Depth, Originality, Visual aesthetics? Art may possess all these qualities yet still not hit home with the audience.

Whether we like it or not, the brand of the artist as well as the accessibility of his work is a deciding factor.
I feel comfortable owning a piece by an artist whose story and background I know, whose reputation is well known in general, whose art appeals to me and is easily accessible.
Does accessible mean that the art is shallow and has no depth? Ask David Hockney

The value of art has historically been closely linked to the story of the artist.
The new paradigm of art is really not new at all – The artist is responsible for maintaining and increasing the value of his art. Though storytelling, through promotion and any other means possible.

I am committed to this task, blogging is just one tool.
Enjoy todays Mirror Mirror (top).
Buy it here:

Mirror Mirror 3
Mirror Mirror 3
Signed original artwork: Acrylic paint and watercolor. A3 sized archival 285 gsm Hahnemühle Torchon paper.

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Mirror Mirror 2

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juni 18, 2010

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The next piece in the Mirror Mirror series. Acrylic paint and watercolor on A3 sized Hahnemühle torchon paper.

You can buy the piece here:

Mirror Mirror 2
Mirror Mirror 2
Signed original artwork: Acrylic paint and watercolor. A3 sized archival 285 gsm Hahnemühle Torchon paper.

Enjoy!

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P for Paint, Portrait and Pleasure, not Photo.

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juli 22, 2009

At home I have several binders full of old photographs; happy days, sad days and all the stuff in between.
Yesterday was a great day: Celebrating my wife Annes birthday at home and with her family.

I love photos, don’t get me wrong.

But sometimes the best way to catch the essence of someone else is by not being accurate. Painting is not a replacement for cameras. There’s just no comparison to a digitally enhanced Nikon D3X photo, so no point in trying.

No way.

Besides, Hanging a 60×60 cm. photo of yourself in the living room might seem a bit self-absorbed.
A painting however can pull it off :o)
Enjoy!

Best regards, Carl

“Anne” from Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

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Freedom of speech: How to fight with paint

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on juni 22, 2009

“The 12th imam?” From Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

Dear friends,
these days something is happening in Iran which hopefully will improve the ability of thousands to speak their mind and express themselves however they see fit.

I am not trying to promote a certain political view here, but when artists, writers and people in general are prohibited from expressing themselves the way they see fit, that is a concern to me.

I encourage you to do what you can to make this change possible:

  • Set your timezone on Twitter to “Tehran” which will make it harder to track the people actually tweeting from Iran.
  • Re-tweet important messages and tweets on the development in Iran.
  • Tweet the following message: “See how you can promote free speech in Iran http://bit.ly/uBnMZ Pls RT #IranElection”
  • Share this post on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Search for #IranElection on twitter and you will see a live view of the change in progress.

best regards, Carl

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