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Paul Kaptein Makes the Fleeting Digital Glitch Solid

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Since digital images first made an appearance, people have become interested in the distortions and visual corruptions that occur when the technology breaks down. This has inspired posters and typefaces, and a variety of glitch art.

But there’s a world of difference between screen grabbing some corrupt code and carving a glitch into wood, which is precisely what Perth-based artist Paul Kaptein demonstrates with his latest exhibition, ‘Future Perfect’.

The magic here is taking something very ephemeral and fleeting, and rendering it permanent and solid. By doing so also gives the solid wood sculpture a sense of transience. Like it might disintegrate in front of your very eyes.

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Omar Majeed

Omar is a staff writer at Visual Broadcast, and is particularly interested in photography, art and design.

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