Rafał Karcz's Acid Trip

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Polish artist Rafał Karcz's images are experiments in deconstruction.  What look like carefully applied watercolor or some kind of realist painting technique, are actually photographs of photographs. The vague compositions – the haunting ghosts of Karcz's subjects, taken at parties or on the street, are shot on a cheap digital cameras, printed, then splashed with acid. Karcz's friend, a laboratory worker, has made a concoction of acids which he then destroys the photographs with. Karcz calls it "[a] postmodern act of destruction."  He then carefully photographs the remains with a higher quality camera. The end result is a treacherous image, pristine only in its current rendering.

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