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charly van rest

The oeuvre van Charly van Rest (1949) comprises assemblages, photographs, collages, sculptures, and installations and is underscored by experimentation with techniques from which he develops witty and visually appealing imagery. In the early seventies, he developed inventive photography techniques, such as ‘ionfot’, where the electric charge of soot and dust is neutralised to create an image, and ‘Uvot’, which uses UV light to bleach posters. By using photography in unconventional ways and applying existing images as material for his work, Charly van Rest blurs the boundaries between image and object. By questioning the status of the image in his practice, Van Rest preceded strategies made common in many artistic practices through the advent of digital media. Van Rest is a forerunner in this discourse despite working exclusively with analogue techniques.