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By Asger Carlsen

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Hester - a solo exhibition by Asger Carlsen

V1 GALLERY PROUDLY PRESENTS

HESTER

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.
V1 Gallery.
Please do not hesitate to contact the gallery for further information, press photos or artist interview.

V1 Gallery. Phone +45 3331 0321 / mail@v1gallery.com / www.v1gallery.com. Flæsketorvet 69 / 1711 Copenhagen V / DK Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday: 12-18. Saturday: 12-16. Or by appointment.
THANK YOU: Tuborg for Tuborg.

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V1 GALLERY PROUDLY PRESENTS

HINDSIGHT

An exhibition featuring:

E.B Itso, Barry McGee, Todd Hido, Ed Templeton, Ari Marcopoulos, Matthew Stone, Felix Werbowy, Thomas Campbell, David Potes, Cheryl Dunn, Marten Lange, Anatole Hocek, Harry Gould Harvey, Adam Jeppesen, Andrea Sonnenberg, Sara Naim, Frankie Nazardo, Adam Kremer, Van Robinson, Jesper Just, Joe Leavenworth, Martin de Thurah, Peter Funch, Michael Schmelling, Luke Barber Smith, Peter Sutherland, Daniel Arnold, Martin Kollar, Gregory Halpern,Tim Barber, Fryd Frydendahl, Melanie Schiff, Hunter Barnes, Magnus Vind, Josh Lazcano, Ray Potes & Atelier Pica Pica,

OPENING: FRIDAY JANUARY 17.th 2014. TIME: 17.00 - 22.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD JANUARY 17 – FEBRUARY 15. 2014.

In early December 2013 we sent out the following invitation:

Dear XXXX
It's a great pleasure to invite you to take part in the exhibition Hindsight. Opening at V1 Gallery's project space ”The Depot” in conjunction with the opening of Asger Carlsen's Hester exhibition.
The concept is simple, we have invited a group of artists that we admire and respect to make an artwork in an edition of 1 + 1AP. The subject matter is open, we would like Hindsight to be a reflection of the individual artists position right now. The Danish based photo retouching company and print makers Werkstette will handle the production and printing. The work will be printed on Ilford Smooth Pearl. You just have to send the file to Werkstette. The maximum size of the print 24 x 30 cm - but the image can be smaller if you wish to have a border around your work.
A newspaper titled Hindsight will be printed with the works in full size and be available to the public free of charge. We sincerely hope that you wish to participate, we hope that Hindsight can be a fantastic document of our world as seen and experienced by a group of great and diverse minds.
The deadline for submitting your artwork is January 8, 2014. But we would appreciate to receive it before if possible.

Please let us know if you wish to participate or have any further questions.

Peter Funch, Mikkel Grønnebæk, Morten Svendsen & Jesper Elg

The exhibition Hindsight is the response to this invitation. It is a privilege to see the world through interested eyes. We hope it will be an annual tradition.

We look forward to seeing you - V1 Gallery.
Please do not hesitate to contact the gallery for further information, press photos or artist interview:
+45 3331 0321 / mail@v1gallery.com / www.v1gallery.com / V1 Gallery / Flæsketorvet 69 / 1711 Copenhagen V / DK Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday: 12-18. Saturday: 12-16. Or by appointment.

THANK YOU: Tuborg for Tuborg, Werkstette for your expertise and enthusiasm.