Asger Carlsen uses photography as a means to create sculptural work. After digitally photographing the body in various poses within the space of his studio, he edits and transforms the shape and composition of the figure to the point of abstraction. He creates mutated bodily forms, rearranging parts and inserting other objects. Often, the body becomes so abstracted that the images could be considered a photographs of an objects. The final images convey sense of gracefulness and elegance, while simultaneously provoking a visceral reaction. Without a literal depiction, he is able to use images of the body to create new forms, which then reference bodily forms.  

Carlsen was born in Denmark in 1973 and moved to New York in 2007 where he continues to live and work. He has had solo shows at V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin; and Ruttkowski 68, Cologne. He has been featured in The New Yorker, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Interview Magazine, amongst others. He has an upcoming show at Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, which will open September 24. 

Asger Carlsen, Hester, 2012. Pigment Print. 60 x 70 centimeters. Courtesy the artist.


Light Printing

We are exploring new modalities of creative photography through robotics and long-exposure photography. Using a robotic arm, a light source is carried through precise movements in front of a camera. Photographic compositions are recorded as images of volumetric light. Robotic light “painting” can also be inverted: the camera is moved via the arm to create an image “painted” with environmental light. Finally, adding real-time sensor input to the moving arm and programming it to explore the physical space around objects can reveal immaterial fields like radio waves, magnetic fields, and heat flows.

Via Mediated Matter (MIT)


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