Born in Málaga, 1977. Manuel Fernández is a spanish artist based in Madrid.
His artistic practice begins at the intersection of art, popular culture and Internet. He explores the impact of technologies on society and their consequences in the way we perceive and experience reality.
He investigates on new processes involved in the creation and production of the art object, in its distribution, presentation and in their consumption in the era of Internet of things.
Fernández has several works at the Artbase of Rhizome at the New Museum NYC and has been exhibited in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including The Museum of Moving Image, New York, The Armory Show, New York, PHotoespaña Madrid, Art Basel Miami Beach, ARCO Madrid, The Photographers Gallery, London, Galerie Verney-Carron, Lion and Paradise. A space for screen addiction, Marseille.
He is the founder and curator of Domain Gallery, a online gallery focused on Digital and Internet Based Works. Manuel has been one of the jurors of "ERROR 415" Award in New Media organized by ArtSlant in 2013 and has been awarded with the Beep / ARCO New Media Art Prize in 2014.
His works have been featured in multiple platforms, including El País, Liberation, Triangulation Blog, I like this art, Dazed Digital, FastCo Blog, Complex Blog, O Fluxo Blog, trend magazine Notodo and Minus Space Blog, among others.
'Brush Stock Paintings' investigate the meaning and nature of abstract image in internet age regarding its precedents in the art history.
They are compositions digitally painted from .abr brushes containing images of different analog effects captured by scans or photographic mediums, edited and ready for use in photoshop, available copyright free for download on the Internet.
The brushes are optimized to create images for screen and do not have enough resolution for large format printing. By enlarging the size of the compositions for the final pieces take a look similar to the low resolution jpg compression we see on the Internet, this compressed aspect adds another layer of abstraction to the analog traditional one showing its origin and its relation to the screen.
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