Exorcise from a safe distance
As a starting point for his first mature series, “Exorcise from a safe distance ‘(2015), Robert Roest used a digital photograph of a Persian carpet that he found online. Due to the low resolution jpeg, this old carpet has lost much of its sharpness. He zoomed in on fragments of this photo, blowing them up to large scale paintings. It’s paired blur and pixelation make you wonder what you’re looking at. The floral motifs transform into insects, fantasy-like monsters or even demons. The title refers to this monstrous illusions in the paintings as well as the blow-up and blur technique he applies. The work is much about the physical experience of seeing and also on our perception about the impact images have on us, not at least the images we see online.