The Vulgarity of Being Three-Dimensional features works by Danish photographic artist Tine Bek. In this, her first monograph Bek tries to escape strict hierarchical structures through a series of aesthetic experiments. The book presents images of shapes that run over, flow, crumble and bulge out. An excess of uncontrolled forms that in the sculptural tradition have been dismissed as vulgar or possibly baroque.
The book is a mix of still life, other found forms, and created sculptural forms photographed. Fruit, material, fabric, and figures are brought together and changed by subtle shades of colour. Bek’s photography tends to seem uneasy as if something might go wrong. Her images impose a sense of discomfort, with little cracks beneath the surface. It is through these minutiae ruptures in the surfaces she exposes that a material hierarchy forms – is marble better than foam? Does a stone fountain overshadow a bathroom tap? – she asks you to scratch through the surface and to see what’s behind.
Published by Disko Bay Format: softcover Dimensions: 22 × 29 cm Pages: 184 Published 26 February 2022