Jarkko Räsänen: Aurinkokuningas

Completion year: 2016
Technique: Inkjet print on canvas
Size: koot vaihtelevat
Edition: 6 + 2 ap
Keywords: tuloste kankaalle, jpeg, jpg, kompressio, postinternet, Jarkko Räsänen, sarjakuva

Works of the series are based on collages found from old Finnish history book that Räsänen found dumped to the front of a construction yard. The book was published in 1929. Many of the images were defaced by unknown schoolkids with cut-up faces and heads from 50´s comics and other sources of pop culture imagery. Räsänen selected iconic images of European modern history, scanned and processed them with his self-made photography software: The canvas prints show the "skeleton" images of the defaced portraits, that become revealed through recursive saving process of the high-resolution jpeg to the point where everyday photo-file standard cannot burn anymore information off the image – only the features defined worth seeing in the compression algorithm remain.