DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM

Asger Carlsen

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Asger Carlsen (b. Frederiksberg, Denmark, 1973) lives and works in New York, USA. Carlsen began his career as a photojournalist and crime-scene photographer, but then quickly turned away from using photography as both an act and a representation of “direct action”, instead building his artistic reputation by turning both the aesthetics and traditions of such “evidential” and “documentary”-oriented practice on their head through the use of seamless, digital photographic manipulation. Carlsen produces sophisticated photo-manipulations consisting of hundreds of strategically layered photographs at various perspectives, then molded, shaped, and formed on a digital platform. His imagery, which challenges the medium of photography and is printed on varying materials, allude to truthful 3D objects, equipment, and landscapes, existing within a surreal fictional scenario. lt could be argued that, in the twenty-first century, photography itself—and the oeuvre of the artist Asger Carlsen in particular—has followed a very similar revolutionary path.

Asger Carlsen (geb. 1973 in Frederiksberg, Dänemark) lebt und arbeitet in New York (USA). Carlsen begann seine Laufbahn als Fotojournalist und Tatortfotograf, wandte sich aber bald vom Einsatz der Fotografie als Akt und Darstellung einer „unmittelbaren Handlung“ ab. Sein vielbeachtetes künstlerisches Werk stellt die Ästhetik und Traditionen solcher „bezeugender“ und „dokumentierender“ fotografischer Praxen durch makellose digitale Bearbeitung des fotografischen Materials auf den Kopf. Carlsen schafft aufwändige Fotomanipulationen aus hunderten strategisch in Schichten angeordneten Fotos aus verschiedenen Perspektiven, die er dann auf einer digitalen Plattform in Form bringt, modelliert und ausarbeitet. Seine auf verschiedene Untergründe gedruckten Bilder, die an die Grenzen des fotografischen Mediums gehen, spielen auf wahrheitsgetreue 3D-Objekte, Ausrüstungsgegenstände und Landschaften an, die ein surreal-fiktives Szenario bilden. Damit zeichnen sie, so könnte man sagen, die revolutionäre Entwicklung nach, die die Fotografie selbst – und insbesondere das Oeuvre des Künstlers Asger Carlsen – im 21. Jahrhundert genommen hat.

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Blast Over, Ruttkowski;68, Paris

17 Oct 2020 - 22 Nov 2020

New Visions. The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

21 Feb 2020 - 17 May 2020

Skɪz(ə)m, PLATO Ostrava, Ostrava

13 Feb 2020 - 30 Aug 2020

When You Touch About Me, I Think Myself, SIGNS, Istanbul

3 Feb 2020 - 30 Apr 2020

Mixed Pickles 4, Michael Horbach Stiftung, Köln

2 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019

Behzad Farazollahi. “Behzad Farazollahi writing about Asger Carlsen.” VERK

1 October 2018

Art Berlin, Berlin, Germany

27 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018

The Armory Show, New York, United States

8 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

Ben Rhodes. “Plus Trump sera isolé, plus il sera tenté d’amorcer des conflits.” Le Monde

6 November 2017

Code Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark

31 Aug 2017 - 2 Aug 2017

Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany

26 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017

Thibaut Wychowanok. “Paris Photo: the body in all its photographic states.” Numéro

10 November 2016

Paris Photo, Paris, France

10 Nov 2016 - 13 Nov 2016

Clémentine Mercier. “Drôles D'oiseaux à Paris Photo.” Libération

9 November 2016

Heike Fuhlbrügge. “Unterhaut. Collagen von Roger Ballen und Asger Carlsen.” Der Tagesspiegel

8 October 2016

“No Joke.” Exberliner

5 October 2016

Charmaine Li. “Delving into the Subconscious with Ballen and Carlsen.” AnOther

28 September 2016

Carl-Emil Storm Gabrielsen. “Two of art’s most-warped minds collab on a new photo book.” DAZED

16 September 2016

Ray Kinsella. “Exploring the subconscious with outsider artists Roger Ballen and Asger Carlsen.” HERO Magazine

Boris Pofalla. “Maskenball für zwei.” Monopol Magazin

26 August 2016

Catastrophe, Albert Merola Gallery

22 Jul 2016 - 22 Aug 2016

Future Form, Gamma Galería

25 Jun 2016 - 18 Sep 2016

Clarke Rudick. “An Irreverent New York Designer Heads to Berlin.” The New York Times

8 June 2016

Hettie Judah. “Imaginative Flowers, Designed by Artists — and Available to Order.” The New York Times

6 June 2016

Untitled Art, Miami Beach, United States

2 Dec 2015 - 6 Dec 2015

Officielle, Paris, France

21 Oct 2015 - 25 Oct 2015

Alison Hugill. “Asger Carlsen’s Distorted Figures at Dittrich & Schlechtriem.” Berlin Art Link

23 July 2015

Asger Carlsen. “Take A Surreal Trip Through Resort Fashion.” The Cut

13 January 2015

Untitled Art, Miami Beach

3 Dec 2014 - 7 Dec 2014
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