V1 GALLERY PROUDLY PRESENTS
An exhibition by Asger Carlsen
OPENING: FRIDAY JANUARY 17.th 2014. TIME: 17.00 - 22.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD JANUARY 17 – FEBRUARY 15. 2014.
Hester is not easy to explain. It has to be viewed and experienced. Hester is not easily understood.
Sculptures of amorphous human figures photographed in non descript spaces. A cross between a David
Lynch dream, a Henry Moore sculpture and a Francis Bacon painting, mixed by Dr. Jekyll in
Frankenstein’s lab. Surreal cubistic tableaus in black and white.
The process is interesting. Seven years ago Asger Carlsen challenged himself with a new artistic task. A
dogma. He had to create his new body of work in the studio. Carlsen had the notion that photography
could be something else than an observation done with a camera. He would no longer roam the planet
for a motif. Photography would be the material. He started shooting nude models, including himself, in
the studio and building objects and merging the two digitally. The result is Hester, named after the street
in New York where Carlsen has his studio, sculptures sculpted from photography and presented in the
studio setting where they were created. Carlsen plays with photography in creating an
open-ended interpretation of figures and shapes in departure from the traditional approach; his works
are more materials than photographs, or maybe even photo- graphs of installations.
Taking in the series, 21 works in all, is an uneasy experience. The works highlight and undermine the
human figure and beauty. We recognize ourselves in form; a spine, a leg, skin pores, buttocks, but at
the same time the sculptures remain eerie alien. The works are filled with juxtapositions and often create
a myriad of conflicting emotions in the viewer; beautiful, offensive, humorous, cruel, perverted, sexy,
interesting, but never indifferent. It might be that the core of Hester is a discussion of our current ideals
and notions of beauty.
Asger Carlsen, born 1973, Denmark, started working with photography when he was 15, lives and works
in New York. Carlsen has received critical praise around the world for Hester and the accompanying
book published by Morel Books. Recently Asger Carlsen has exhibited in Tokyo, Vienna, Los Angeles,
New York, Sydney and Istanbul. He has recently started a collaborative project with South African artist
Roger Ballen which was featured in the Vice Photo Issue 2013. His distinctive style of portraiture has
recently been featured in The Journal, Garage Magazine and The New Yorker. He is currently
collaborating with fellow countryman Anders Trentemøller for the artworks for Trentemøller’s latest
series of records. This is the first time the complete Hester series will be displayed together.
We look forward to seeing you.
Please do not hesitate to contact the gallery for further information, press photos or artist interview.
V1 Gallery. Phone +45 3331 0321 / email@example.com / www.v1gallery.com. Flæsketorvet 69 / 1711
Copenhagen V / DK Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday: 12-18. Saturday: 12-16. Or by appointment.
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