Marc Prats
Born 1995 in Barcelona, Spain | Lives and works in London, UK

“My practice uses the narrative quality of painting to explore the subliminal space between psychology and digital technology. With my work, I flesh out and subvert generational anxieties caused by the pervasive impact of smart devices and social media on the human psyche.”

“Millennials are perhaps the last generation to grow up in a world without ubiquitous technologies. Thus, while we can still remember ‘simpler times’ with a certain sense of nostalgia, my generation is also able to understand, navigate and participate in the latest technological developments with ease. Arguably, these circumstances allow us millennials to take a step back from such phenomena, and assess their advantages and limitations more critically.

In that fashion, my paintings function both as products of the highly technological times we live in and as cautionary tales that attempt to counteract them. In my view, the physicality, slowness and history of painting as an artistic medium facilitate contemplation away from screens, away from the attention-grabbing algorithms that roam our digitized image-saturated culture to propagate content that fosters a superficial form of entertainment. Perhaps counter-intuitively, then, I combine digital collage aesthetics with gestural marks in search of a more enthralling journey than a kitten-filled Instagram reel. Namely, a series of intertwined painted stories that straddle analogue and digital worlds, to take my experience with technology as a starting point and discuss pivotal questions on life in the 21st century.”

A Seagull’s Kiss, 2021
Oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm

Afraid to Jump, 2021
Oil on canvas
25 x 33 cm

Canine Dreams, 2021
Oil on canvas
25 x 33 cm

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