Tine Bek
The Vulgarity of Being Three-Dimensional

“Tine’s new book The Vulgarity of Being Three-Dimensional is another in a series of incredibly strong publications from Stinus at Disko Bay. The artist and the publisher have crafted what is already shaping up to be one of my favorite publications of the year. Tine’s sculptural interests pervade the work, but nothing is taken too seriously as to be pretentious. The ability to combine what, at its surface seems to be random and disparate elements is tied fluidly together by the artist’s consistent aesthetic and choice of subject matter.”
 – Brad Feuerhelm / Nearest Truth

Disko Bay is proud to present The Vulgarity of Being Three-Dimensional an immersive new book of 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 tend to seem uneasy, as if something might go wrong. Her images impose a sense of discomfort, 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.

Tine Bek (born in 1988) is a Danish visual artist who primarily works with photography, video and sculpture. She studied History before graduated from Fatamorgana – The Danish School of art Photography and Glasgow School of Art, where she holds a Master degree in Fine Art Photography. Bek has exhibited in Denmark, UK, Norway, Lithuania, Germany and USA among others and is represented by Dust and Soul in Madrid and Picture Room in New York. The book has been awarded with the Hasselblad Foundation’s Photo Book Grant 2021.

Out of print, final publisher’s copies available signed.

  • OTA-bound softcover with flaps
  • ISBN 978-87-970520-9-9
  • 22 × 29 cm
  • 184 pages
  • 150 colour plates
  • Essays by James McCann and Michail Mersinis
  • Edition of 600
  • Printed in Denmark by Narayana Press
  • Published 26 February 2022

Paper Journal
GUP Magazine
Verk Tidsskrift
Nearest Truth / Brad Feuerhelm
British Journal of Photography
Musée Magazine
Twin Magazine
Fisheye Magazine
Video flipthrough by Tine Bek
Hasselblad Foundation, Photo Book Grants 2021

Tine Bek

Press Kit

Graphic design
Spine Studio