Here is The Full Catastrophe in a pulverized, metaphorical nugget. The baseline condition of existence as a checked kind of mortification or embarrassment (we are not in control of our lives—political economy is—eventually we lose everything). What’s worse, lifelong pain or Robed Death putting its filthy mitts across your face?
Eschewing conventional photographer/subject roles, Asher’s shoots are a kind of social stew where she guides the action through interaction, exploring and embellishing specific character or visual elements that draw her in. What results are photographs with a density of narrative and an intensely personal, seductive atmosphere; lovely, horrifying, ridiculous.
Karen Asher is equally concerned with capturing an authentic moment and is committed to creating images that reveal something about the human condition. As opposed to being an objective observer, Karen believes her role as a photographer is to “get right in there and make the moment more messy” with a desire to find “the subtlety in the spectacle.”
“Candid,” opening September 12 at 7 p.m. at Platform, brings work from brings together work from four Manitoba-raised artists who blur the line between documentary and staged photography in consideration of the portrait. It includes early black and white by Laura Letinsky, Maya de Forest’s portraits of her mother, silver gelatin hand-tinted prints by Elaine Stocki, and recent colour photography by Karen Asher. Learn more at a panel September 13 at 2 p.m.
Awkward silences and other uncomfortable moments are things we often try to forget. But Winnipeg artist Karen Asher strives to preserve those instants, turning them into surprisingly appealing photographic portraits. With a hometown show now on at Winnipeg’s Platform Centre, Asher tells Leah Sandals about her mashups of gangling and gorgeous.
Preview from Canadian Art Magazine Asher’s striking, harshly lit portraits of people from her hometown manage to convey a remarkable intimacy in the midst of urban alienation. “No Cause for Concern” is the Winnipeg photographer’s first solo exhibition. Jan. 15 through Feb. 27. Platform, 121–100 Arthur St., Winnipeg, MB.