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Fog Of War

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on september 19, 2010

Some days have passed since my last post.
I have been busy taking care of the twins + working my “day job” in the the Danish Defence. I earn my living there briefing up soldiers on cultural awareness and how to communicate in a manner that creates friends rather than more enemies.

I did find some time for a new series of paintings based on a piece I did earlier this year.
That painting was of Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, featuring a burnt-out Humvee in front of the parading Royal Lifeguards.

The point of this series is to try to imagine what it would be like if the theatre of war was Denmark rather than some remote country like Afghanistan.
To many people in Denmark, the conflict in Afghanistan is costly, and hard to understand.
It’s remote, and whatever news-stories emerge on the evening news are hard to relate to.

What would happen if every news-story related to a location in Denmark?
The second painting in the series is posted below. It’s titled “Power Disruption” and features Christiansborg – home of the Danish parliament, with a burned-out bus in front. Enjoy!
Power Disruption, 60x80 cm, Acrylic Paint on Canvas, 2010, 6000 kr.

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We are at war

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on maj 17, 2010

“Burnt-out Humvee at Amalienborg Palace” from Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

I am thinking about the Danish soldiers in Afghanistan these days.
Two separate events have fueled this.

Danish Colonel Lars Møller published his book “we kill – and live with it”
Danish documentary director Janus Metz’ Cannes screening of his Documentary titled “Armadillo” shot in Helmand, Afghanistan.
Both focus on the reality of war and the mental effects on 20 year-olds being sent to the front line.

Now the Danish media are all over it. The microphone is held to the usual voices that deliver the same soundbites as always.
Journalism is so lazy. The job now boils down to scanning the rolodex for people on either side of the argument and then rehearsing them ahead of the “discussion” on primetime TV.

Of course there are plenty of “experts” and politicians willing to deliver the goods. It’s all about promotion in the end.

What I don’t get, is the extreme hypocrisy of people (especially politicians) that condemn the actions of soldiers operating in a reality that they themselves have never experienced and would rather forget.

Maybe Møller and Metz will have helped to open the eyes of these same people. Maybe then we can have a true discussion about why the soldiers were sent in the first place.

As always with war, there is plenty of artistical inspiration.
I started working on this painting because I wanted to bring home the reality of war. Afghanistan like Denmark was a monarchy between 1933 and 1973.

I can’t help but wonder what the danish debate would sound like if this painting was reality.

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Inspiration right outside the window

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on december 11, 2009

These days,
one need not look far for artistic inspiration.
Here’s a short clip from my windowsill. The world is getting smaller, flatter, more crowded etc…
Enjoy, Carl

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Which of these 7 people is your saviour?

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on 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 this exhibition is to provoke reflection on the notion of salvation. Who is your saviour? Is it Jesus? Is it Barack Obama or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Is it you or your neighbour?

Stay tuned on this blog for more exhibition-teasers and information.

You can cast your vote in this election by clicking the poll on the right side of this blog, or show up in Brorsons Church. Follow the vote by typing your email here or subscribe to my feed.

And remember to participate in the debate on who should win, by posting a comment below!

Below is a short description of each candidate:

Barack Obama – US president

Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Somali womenrights fighter

Christopher Hitchens – Antitheist

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Iranian president

Angelina Jolie – Actress

Jean-Claude Trichet – President of the European Centralbank

Warren Buffet – The worlds wealthiest man

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Hvilken af disse 7 personer er din frelser?

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on marts 5, 2009

“Frelservalg 2009″
Fra højmesse-søndag d. 5 april kl 10:30 til og med søndag d. 7 juni åbner Brorsons Kirken dørene for min udstilling af nye portrætmalerier under titlen “Frelservalg 2009″. Udstillingen viser syv portrætter af moderne frelser-ikoner – såvel de selvudråbte som dem der er ikoniseret af offentligheden.

Min motivation med denne udstilling er at fremprovokere refleksion over begrebet frelser. Hvem er din frelser?  Er det Jesus? Er det Barack Obama eller Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Er det dig selv eller din næste?

Følg med på bloggen op til udstillingens start hvor jeg vil lægge smagsprøver ud.

Du kan stemme på din kandidat i afstemningen i højre side af denne blog eller møde op i Brorsons Kirken og afgive din stemme. Følg med i afstemningen ved at udfylde din mailadresse her eller abonnere på mit feed.

Husk også at deltage i debatten nedenfor med en kommentar til hvorfor du mener din kandidat bør vinde!


Nedenfor kan du se et kort resume om hver kandidat:

Barack Obama – USAs præsident

Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Somalisk kvinderettighedsforkæmper

Christopher Hitchens – Religionskritiker

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Irans præsident

Angelina Jolie – Skuespiller

Jean-Claude Trichet – Præsident i den Europæsiske Centralbank

Warren Buffet – Verdens rigeste mand

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