Asger Carlsen is a Danish photographer who currently lives and works in New York. Carlsen creates the most absurd and surreal images of today. His style is recognizable. The portraits are retouched, the objects are redone so that they have nothing in common with reality. People he depicts have many eyes and multiple heads, some of them suffer from Grave’s disease, some have wooden legs. These images are bizarre and weird. At the same time the images being manipulated by Carlsen seem to be very realistic.
It is pretty strange but I have failed to find any information on Nick Wooster. How come? Well, I don’t know but the only thing I managed to find is some poor facts from his biography and of course lot of his pictures. Well, it is known that he is a journalist and started his career at Saks. Later he worked as an assistant of Peter Rizzo in Barneys New York and finally he gained recognition and fame working for Neiman Marcus Group as a fashion director. Nowadays he is supposed to be a style icon of men’s fashion based in New York. He runs his own fashion agency Wooster Consultancy launched in 2005 and works nowadays with Thom Browne, Chaiken Clothing and Mac Cosmetics.
In all times of history the main aim of artists was to create something beautiful, unique, touching. Nowadays, when it seems that all wonderful things have been written, painted and staged, the art started to perform another mission – it tries to surprise us. People got used to all kinds of natural or artificial wonders; they have an access to all masterpieces of art but usually do not use this opportunity as they do not find time to visit even their local museum, not mentioning Tate gallery or Louvre. That’s why the idea nowadays plays the most significant role in the world of art instead of its realization. It is the concept of art and not the art itself that interests modern people most. It explains why modern artists resemble magicians who try to make something practically out of nothing, be it sand and the patterns on it or asphalt and 3D images.
Let’s take, for example, Christopher Boffoli and his collection called Disparity which represents the scenes from real life with the help of tiny finely made people and food. If you look at the pictures of this collection you will see tiny people sailing across the spilled milk, or another group riding their bikes through Banana Mountains, or an interesting miniature showing the funeral among the pile of rice. Boffoli says that he likes to be a creator of the universe and I think the fact that we can influence the fate of tiny people by drowning them in the milk or saving them is one of the reasons why we like these works. This collection is half art and half game, and this duality simply can not leave people indifferent.