Asger Carlsen began his career as a photojournalist and crime scene photographer before turning his focus away from direct representation. Unlike most photography-based computer artists, shooting his subject from various perspectives is merely the first stage of his artmaking. Hundreds of those images are then molded and shaped on a digital platform through strategic cropping and layering. What starts as a collection of isolated visual elements results in pristine imagery that challenges the photographic medium itself. Throughout his applications in portraiture, fashion, and allegorical genres, the human form is reimagined in revelatory ways that simultaneously provoke visceral, often disturbing reactions.
Carlsen was born in Denmark and moved to New York in 2007, where he continues to live and work. He has participated in many group exhibitions worldwide and has had solo shows at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome: V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin; and Ruttkowski 68, Cologne.