dave beck







sculpture of doll in corporate america that has been digitally dressed up in a swimsuit
Portrait of Myself at 50 in the Corporate World (Beach Outfit)

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Portrait of Myself at 50 in the Corporate World Series
Digital C-Prints, 36" x 48" each, 2006

Growing up in a conservative, Christian, white-collar home in the Midwest, I experienced much of the same traditions and was expected to assume the same gender-specific roles as my parents had during their childhood.  I’ve always found it interesting that however hard one tries to pull away from certain traditions or values, they always tend to come back to haunt you in mysterious ways.  In this case, those values and traditions have begun to seep through into my artwork.

Because of this, I found it easy to step out of my own skin and analyze myself as a stranger.  This self-portraiture series reveals both a fantasy and a pathetic reality. 

Through sculpture, performance art, photography, and digital technology, I am attempting to visually demonstrate not what lies ahead for me in 25 years, but what lurks in the back of my mind and whispers to me nearly everyday: “money…power…tradition”.  While the fulfillment of this temptation appears at first to me as having glorious potential, I’ve discovered through this self-portraiture study, that there is also something tragic about “the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted”.



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