asger carlsen

Asger Carlsen

Denmark 1973


Asger Carlsen
Asger Carlsen
November 11, 2015
Aya received her MA in English Language and Literature in 2012. She likes dancing, traveling, cycling and spending time with her pets.

Asger Carlsen is a photographer born in Denmark in 1973. He is best known for his distorted, monochromatic photographs of human figures.

Carlsen’s career started at the age of 16 when he sold a photo to the local newspaper. The photo showed the police yelling at him and his friends. After that, Asger was a crime-scene photographer, and later commercial photographer, working for magazines. In 2006, he was having fun on his computer and adding images on top of each other, which resulted in an image of an odd face with numerous eyes. The image came out as a surprise and the artist, who was trying to make the name for himself in the world of commercial photography, wasn’t comfortable with its distortion, so he didn’t show it to anyone for a year. He felt like he was violating the photographic etiquette.

The photographer’s works are influenced by surrealistic ideas

Untitled, Wrong series, 2010

Now, Asger Carlsen is famous for his digitally manipulated images which feature rearranged and transformed bodies. His images are surprising, odd and confusing. They present human figures without a face, with too many eyes, without legs, consisting only of lower parts of the body or any other combination of body parts. These impossible figures of twisted and weird shapes resemble sculptures, made of barely recognizable human bodies. The photographer’s goal is to deconstruct the common principles of photography.

Hester is the name of the street Carlsen lives on

Untitled, Hester series, 2012

He has been featured in numerous publications, such as The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, Wired Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Vice Magazine, Juxtapoz and Garage Magazine.

Carlsen has been exhibiting his works in galleries and venues in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia. He had solo exhibitions in Rome, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Los Angeles, United States; Paris, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Cologne, Germany; and New York, United States.

Asger Carlsen lives and works in New York, United States.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/VenueSolo/Group
2015Drawings From The HandDITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM, Berlin GermanySolo
2015Between Hester and WrongSADE LA, Los Angeles USASolo
2015Cognitive WanderingsOlivier Robert, Paris FranceGroup
2015Weird Science MarianneBoesky Gallery, New York USAGroup
2015a lie about a lie, a Truth about The TruthLittle Big Man Gallery, Los Angeles USAGroup
20143 projects by Asger CarlsenGalerie Olivier Robert, Paris FranceSolo
2014IT'S AN INVASIONNational Arts Club, New York USA Group
2014AbsurdLes filles du calvaires, Paris France Group
2013HesterDITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM, Berlin GermanySolo
2013Hester Book SigningClaire De Rouen, London England Group
2013Market Art FairStockholm SwedenGroup
2013NudesGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco USAGroup
2013Group ShowThe Moving Museum, Dubai United Arab EmiratesGroup
2013Group ShowTorrance Art Museum, Torrance USAGroup
2013Art CologneV1 Gallery, Cologne Germany Group
2013Group ShowCentre de la photographie Geneve, Geneve SwitzerlandGroup
2013Group ShowM+B Gallery, Los Angeles USAGroup
2013Vice Photo ShowSuperChief Gallery, New York New YorkGroup
2013Vice Photo ShowBrockton Collective Inc, Toronto Canada Group
2013Vice Photo ShowGalerie d'art Yves Laroche Canada, Montreal Canada Group
2013Vice Photo ShowEast Van Studio, Vancouver Canada Group
2013Vice Photo ShowPeter Amby Gallery, Copenhagen Denmark Group
2013Vice Photo ShowThe Well, Los Angeles USAGroup
2013State of The ArtCopenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2013Vice Photo ShowDiesel Gallery, Tokyo JapanGroup
2012WrongRuttkowski 68, Cologne, GermanySolo
2012The NRW-Forum- New Contemporary PhotographyGroup
2012VICE 2012 Photo ExhibitionMoscow RussiaGroup
2012VICE 2012 Photo ExhibitionInterurban Gallery, Vancouver CanadaGroup
2012VICE 2012 Photo ExhibitionHashtag Gallery, Toronto CanadaGroup
2012VICE 2012 Photo ExhibitionGalerie Nowhere, Montreal CanadaGroup
2012VICE 2012 Photo ExhibitionBlack & White Gallery, New York New York Group
2012VICE 2012 Photo ExhibitionChina Heights, Sydney Australia Group
2012VICE 2012 Photo ExhibitionV1 Gallery, Copenhagen Denmark Group
2012V1 X: TONIGHT WE WONT BE BORED 10 YEARS OF V1 GALLERYCopenhagen DenmarkGroup
2012Hester Book SigningDash Wood, New York New YorkGroup
2011Group ShowStatus V1 Gallery, Copenhagen Denmark Group
2011What's He Building In ThereFuse Gallery, New York USAGroup
2011VICE 2011 Photo ExhibitionNew York City USAGroup
2010WrongV1 Gallery, Copenhagen DenmarkSolo
2010The Mentor ShowGallery Larm, Copenhagen Denmark Group
2010To The Road Less TravelledV1 Gallery, Copenhagen Denmark Group
2010THE FINE LINE Charity Art ExhibitionNew York USAGroup
2007Spitting ImageV1 Gallery, Copenhagen DenmarkGroup
2006Finalist in Diesel New ArtCopenhagen Denmark Group
2006There is a U in UsV1 Gallery, Copenhagen Denmark Group
2006Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery, Copenhagen DenmarkGroup
2005Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery, Copenhagen Denmark Group
2005Diesel New Art ScandinaviaCopenhagen Denmark Group
2005Random happpeningsV1 Gallery, Copenhagen DenmarkGroup