I was drawn to the work by Maciej as it reminded me of Ori Gersht’s ‘Blow Up’ series. The black background acts as a portal of focus towards the figure in the foreground. The figure seems to be exploding - or perhaps it is being freed - allowing pastel hues to be splattered across the image. Gersht’s work is based on 19th Century Still Life paintings, exploring the link between photography and technology, and the image by Maciej holds the same qualities. The tones and hues across the figure all act from the same palette, causing the work to feel like a painting. When looking closer, reflections below the figure emerge suggesting a fluidity and lucid state shown through elements of digital form. Despite the fluidity of the image it feels glitchy and fragmented, meaning that every time you look at another corner something new appears. It is not a still image but instead feels like you’re watching an extremely slowed down moment in time.
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