The Abstractions of Erik Beck
The work of Erik Beck, from Sherbrooke, Quebec, attracts us for it’s originality and unity of vision. His work generally revolves around the discovery of everyday abstractions and their presentation through his lens as found art. In Erik’s world, paint splotches, dripping rust, bits of graffiti, or a splash of water become framed and given to the viewer to ponder in new and interesting ways. A rust drip becomes a Giacometti sculpture, a dash of paint on the road is rendered as a photographic Rothko. There is nobody out there quite like Erik and we are pleased to present this photo essay for you.
“My work and methods are in perfect synchronicity with what I have decided to undertake in my personal life, that is to say a full reconnection with the creative act in everyday life and to prioritize one of my greatest qualities, intuition. The apparent spontaneity offered by the iPhone in this regard makes it the perfect tool that serves my process. All of my images are created only from mobile devices and I’m working hard locally by promoting iPhoneography as a legitimate art form. Possibly soon enough, I hope we won’t even have to mention it!
While shooting, I tend to quickly put myself in a state of errantry, wandering aimlessly with no predetermined schedule. These carefully orchestrated actions have the immediate effect of greatly increasing the perception of the world around me, no matter how small it is. Therefore, I perceive the imperceptible, the ordinary, and I already know how I will use these fragments in the transformation process. I want to entice people to discover that I could transcend the infinitely small and insignificant into infinitely contemplative.
Although I have multiple photo applications, I just use a few of them and I carefully choose them to get the results I want. I rarely post live since shooting and processing for me are associated with different moods and in my case different types of music for inspiration!” – Erik Beck
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