In his new series of painting, Meatware Ecosystem, Robert Roest continues his exploration of painting in relation to digital media. For this series, Roest has selected stills from a range video games and computer programmes. Roest is interested in the properties of digital aesthetics, specifically sharpness, and the expression of substance (materiality) of a ‘thing’ that exists only in the digital realm. In each of the six works in the series, Roest combines two image fragments. In an anti-painterly gesture, Roest made a sharp divide, horizontally across the painting, disturbing the viewing of the paintings. Some image fragments are meaty, earthy and reveal a rawness that challenges the digital realm from which they were derived. Other fragments emphasise their immaterial origin, capturing radiance and smoothness.