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Aesthetic Beauty and Inherent Value: The Art of Hunter Madsen

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Hunter Madsen is an artist currently based near Vancouver, British Columbia. In his current practice, Hunter uses photography to dissect connections between aesthetic beauty and inherent value, capturing images of unexpected subjects that might be forgotten or overlooked in the broader canon of photography.


A photo of a wooden sculpture of a figure shot through with arrowsOn Suffering (Old Wounds Fresh Daily)

 

It’s through this exploration of aesthetically non-traditional subject matter that Hunter’s skill for composition really shines. Whether the artist is photographing a pristine landscape or disused industrial equipment, there’s always a clear sense of care and thought put into the way the subject of the photo is portrayed. Though they may contain numerous different objects and figures, each image feels like a thoughtful portrait, showcasing its subject in, if not a reverent light, at least an honest one. 


The front page of Hunter Madsen's art portfolio websitewww.huntermadsen.com

 

In his portfolio, Hunter tends to pair images with snippets of poetry, drawing another parallel between his photographs and traditional signifiers of beauty, or grace. The poetics help ground the images in that exploration, and guide the viewer into a more thoughtful look at the artist’s vision.


A photograph of an ice floeFloe 5 (Carnalian)


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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