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Albert Aagaard

Albert Aagaard
Photo by Adam Ari

Photo by Adam Ari

Albert Aagaard was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1997. As a young child, he moved to the northern coastline where he spent most of his childhood in the forest collecting bugs. 

His work explores different subjects around the subconscious and the taboos connected with life, sex, and death. Aagaard rarely draws sketches before painting because he thinks it limits his way of expressing his subconscious feelings.

Literature is one of Aagaard's biggest inspirations: “The way words create reality can change the movement when creating a painting.”

Aagaard's recent works have been inspired by his own theory: Being able to express oneself in the way of art and literature only creates an all-eating misanthropy within the human mind.

When Aagaard starts a new painting, he switches between doing outlines with a blindfold and without, he says: “If you want to paint you have to release your imagination, for example if I want to paint a hand, I blindfold myself to imagine the hand instead of looking at a hand.“

If you want to paint you have to release your imagination, for example if I want to paint a hand, I blindfold myself to imagine the hand instead of looking at a hand
— ALBERT AAGAARD

“Lately I have been inspired by the anarchist way of thinking. The anger towards the society or an object in which action is taken is one of the purest natural human traits, I think. I came to the conclusion that when you live in a western society you have an option to live with a hundred percent freedom but to do that you have to take complete responsibility for your own life and actions towards the world. Being able to own that freedom comes with a cost, like all things in life, if one is not careful one becomes a slave for oneself, ultimate hedonism is both the whip and the back. Just remember, everything is voluntary.”

Sitting with Aagaard in his studio in Copenhagen can be horrifying, he looks at you with a smile, his big blue eyes, and a cigarette and says, “So what do you think?” then laughs because he knows that you are sitting in the middle of the horror and beauty of the projection of his subconscious mind.

 

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