In his work the artist seeks to create tangential connections between the history of pictorial tradition and the new paradigms that emerge from contemporary aesthetics. Many of his images are recovered from the vast ocean of the Internet to then be returned to the circuit in an ironically romantic way. Marc Badia’s series of paintings and sculptures for THE FOOLOSOPHER are inspired by the 2014 viral video A Potato Flew Around My Room. The video is a misheard lyric from Frank Ocean’s song “Thinkin’ Bout You”, in which the Vine user mistakenly sings the word “potato” instead of “tornado” while a potato – tied to a ceiling fan – spins around.
The artist uses humour as a tool for criticism: his works are a commentary on how this frivolous online world of bad jokes and video clips can allude to much more. His work explores the idea that this new language of the Internet provokes us to reflect on how humanity has developed so far, yet we inevitably look to for the absurd for some kind of solace. Within an information-charged and instantaneous digital world we have created a new rhetoric: memes. Through satire and stupidity these memes are frames in which we can better understand our own modern context and place.
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