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Jan Kriwol Combines the Familiar with the Outlandish

 - Jun 12, 2012
References: kriwol & beautifuldecay
Through a blend of digital manipulation and pristine photographic captures, Jan Kriwol juxtaposes seemingly normal urban environments with bizarre characters carrying out impossible tasks. It becomes a game of pinpointing what and why Kriwol's pictures are inherently absurd. While the surrounding landscape looks familiar, slight manipulations or misplaced objects transform the recognizable into the sublime.

A picture of a woman perching on a chair's arm rest while ogling some pearl jewelry becomes somewhat eerie as the association of the environment as a familiar and comfortable place is complicated. One of Kriwol's trademark digital manipulation techniques is to make the environment appear as if it is made out of paper, distorting the surroundings by making them look like poster material.

Accuracy and outlandish come together in Jan Kriwol's photography, creating pictures that are simultaneously inviting and obscure.