The Danish concrete artist Carsten Beck (b. 1986) originally worked in the fields of graphic design, illustration and photography. Though it was only in late 2019 that he started to experiment with translating his graphic sketches into oil on canvas and lithography, he became an overnight success in the international art world. His works can now be seen in galleries from Milan to New York.
Geometric sections of bright colours and monumental, black-and-white works are the hallmarks of this self-taught artist, who draws inspiration from concrete art: a form of art based on a simple, non-figurative idiom and clean lines. Though the heyday of concrete art was the mid-20th century, there is something about its expression that transcends time, making it easy to revisit and adapt – year after year.
There is something about its expression that transcends in time – The light
Objects are waiting to be explored. In the pulsating rhythmic daily hustle, I take my camera and search for architectural perspectives, enveloped in the contours of the building, where light cascades over objects and creates entirely new universes in an instant – like fleeting moments of beauty.
We often forget to pause, to be present in the moment, and let our thoughts linger, to see what emerges in the spaces or places we find ourselves in. Instead of chasing the unknown, we should reflect on our lives and reconcile with the opportunities we have already created. It is an invitation to explore the current space with a curious mind and study the light that is being reflected, creating complementary play of shadows – a snapshot where curiosity is the guiding force.
I always try to discover something new within the fusion of architectural forms: A symphony of rectangles, triangles, circles, and the contrasts that meet in a harmony of measurements and precision to the smallest detail. Perfection doesn’t always prevail, but rather what is thought through in its construction. A creation traced with reflective intentions carries a power that potentially transcends the superficial.
I have always been fascinated with architecture that not only creates physical spaces but also transforms them into spaces that provide something to think about. This thought I would like to recreate in my works. What is a good motif? Is it when something is composed? To me the simplest things are the most fascinating.