Primary Photographic Gallery is pleased to present :
Asger Carlsen THINGS
curated by Tim Barber
June 16 – July 18 opening reception June 16, 7-10pm
Primary Photographic Gallery 195 Chrystie St. NY, NY
Asger Carlsen was born in Fredriksberg Denmark and now lives and works in Chinatown, New York. His critically acclaimed book entitled Wrong was published in 2010 by Morel Books in London. His next book, Hester, will be released in late August, also by Morel.
an excerpt from the introduction to Wrong :
“What are these? They appear at first, like so many photographs do, as candid moments, mundane vernacular portraits or documents of small news events from the pages of a weekly local paper. The on-camera flash blasts in with that harsh direct light we are used to seeing in our family albums or party photos, the black and white palette inexplicably adding to their authenticity (why is that?). They are familiar, and there is nothing out of the ordinary in these photographs except everything. Are they even photographs? I think of the bumper sticker, stuck upside-down that reads “Question Reality”, where the gesture itself is a visual pun of it’s own sentiment. The “truth” of photographs has always been in question, but in these images, it’s the un-truth you are left wondering about, like vivid hallucinations you see out of the corner of your eye. They are optical illusions in the grandest sense, doctored images with invisible scars.” – Tim Barber