Art & Design 21·10·2019
‘Collage’ photography by Marco Laborda: the new composite art lifestyle
From his creative Neurads studio, this artist with a Catalan origin who is based in Madrid, opens up the world in the art and advertising sector through his new conception of ‘collage’ photography. An analogue-digital evolution of paper clippings which simulates painted paintings, which has already been selected by international authors and publications to illustrate their stories.
Marco Laborda had creativity for breakfast when he created his father’s paintings with scissors when he was a child. The son of an expressionist painter and a graduate in Art History, this Catalan resident in Madrid took those sketches and collages that he created as a child and turned them into a new way of art.
They say of his personal photography which simulates painted art, from which he draws inspiration, that it is conceived in his “mind and imagined.” Trained in theatre, writing, film and photography; Laborda mixes artistic disciplines to define photographic compositions which remind us of the disfigured characters from Francis Bacon or the realistic oil representations by Francisco de Goya. A refined cut and paste of characters with superimposition of living elements that, with just one glance, captivate the viewer and immerse them in the story which is told behind each photo.
Marco Laborda defines his pictorial technique as digital with an analogue approach. An evolution of the traditional collage which “immediately connected with the game, childhood” and the art of “cutting and playing with the pieces”.
“I started cutting out photos from magazines and now I make my own photos. I print them on special papers, I look for textures, layers…”, he says in an interview for Digital Lifestyle. Creating digitally but, “through the pleasure of using with your hands”.
From Madrid to Lisbon
Marco Laborda combines managing the Neurads creative studio with more personal projects, like Alterado, his first exhibition, or Down the Rabbit Hole, an editorial for Neo2 on “Alice in Wonderland” with photos by Carlos Villarejo. His latest release, Hypatia, is inspired by Hypatia from Alexandria, the first female astronomer in history and one of the victims of religious fanaticism.
“I’ve always been fascinated by history and biographies. Nearly all my portraits come from old models which I like to mix with current characters”, Laborda explains in the interview.
Dreaming of showcasing his work in a large size in cities such as Paris, New York or Tokyo, the artist has now found a space in cities like Lisbon. In the Cabana Mad gallery in the Portuguese capital, this October “Urban Shapes” opens, a collective exhibition in which he shares the stage with famous artists such as April Key and Monica Menez.
Art “made with remnants” which now crosses borders.