William Mortensen

18 03 2011

William Mortensen seems preoccupied with sexual themes in his work. He is often contrasting ideal beauty with ideal ugliness. In my view he is contrasting a kind of idealized existence that humans imagine themselves living in against the real ugliness and indifference of life. His work is arresting. And there is a voyeur aspect to it. And in that sense we are on the outside looking in. The viewer is not part of either of Mortensen’s views (beauty/ugly) (madonna/monster). Mortensen’s work is all photographic. By that I mean he doesn’t appear to use cut and paste.

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17 09 2011
Pinnacle Sports Wager

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21 10 2011
Lacy Celestino

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16 07 2012
William Mortensen « power of h Weblog

[...] (madonna/monster). Mortensen’s work is all photographic. By that I mean he doesn’t appear to use cut and [...]

3 03 2013
David Halliday

Reblogged this on power of h Weblog and commented:

At a second glance Mortensen seems to be an early riser. I think his work would appeal to the contemporary taste than his own time.

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