First presented by Fahey Klein Gallery in the Fall of 2009 and now by Bill Lowe Gallery, “Perfectly Natural”, current work from European based photographer Rasmus Mogensen. In his first exhibition in the United States, this show is comprised of eleven oversized Archival Pigment photographs measuring nearly 6 feet high.
These murals are part-real and part-fantasy created by the photographer, in which he has produced overtly idealized female bodies. Mogensen’s female figures are partially made in the spirit of Italian comic book artist Milo Manara. Depicting blatantly sexualized women in strong female roles is a consistent theme in Manara’s erotic graphic novels.
Mogensen has initially photographed his models from a shifted perspective, aiming his camera from low, up at the women, in turn giving them an undeniable sense of strength and power. He then further fashioned his strong females by digitally manipulating their forms. One of his objectives is to deliberately reflect the surreal or unnatural physical ideals of our contemporary era by incorporating the use of image manipulation. The viewer is confronted with these “ideal” women who look “perfectly natural” but in reality are strangely too perfect."