Jarkko Räsänen: Innocentius X
Collection of Finnish State Art Comission
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.