MARCOS TORRES

By Pablo Sierra, Photos : Pablo Alcocer May 2016 LIFESTYLE Read in PDF format N9/2016
MARCOS TORRES “My dream is that the audience put their ears against the works and hear the music behind them”

Marcos Torres is one of the most renowned artists in Ibiza, a real lover of music - especially ‘60s and ‘70s pop. Torres welcomes us in his studio, full to the brim with prints, from where he tells us about his vision of music from great icons such as The Beatles, Bowie and Bob Dylan.

What came first, music or art?

Music, without a doubt. But in my first contact with music art was very present. The first record that came to my possession was Sgt. Peppers by The Beatles. The sound made an impact on me in the same way as its cover design. I remember the double cover, with those colours and details; you could spend hours unveiling all its secrets. Many of my works could be plastic representations of a song. For this reason, my works have been named after a song.

Music seems to sound when we look at your work.

You’ve hit the mark with the idea. When people ask me what is the purpose of my art, I respond that my dream is that you can hear the music that it has behind when you put your ear against the print. The force that drives me to do what I do is music. The fact people call my art pop, as in music, reinforces that idea.

Describe the playlist you have been creating with your work all these years.

David Bowie and Elvis will be on the top. I love music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, rock and roll, psychedelic, surf, soul… Everything that right now can be considered as part of the pop culture. I have this idea that time has to pass before a work becomes part of the culture.

What were you doing the day David Bowie died?

Colin Peters, a DJ friend, wrote me to tell me about it. I stayed in bed completely static. I couldn’t believe it. Bowie was like a friend. I have recently written this in an article about him, “During the time he spent on Earth, nothing we could see suggested that Bowie was from this planet. This is the feeling I had. His death was something like the fall of the Twin Towers.

What is the concept behind your new works?

Lately I have been exhibiting a lot in Germany. I am producing more prints and I have other new works also inspired in pop culture: I am creating big size works using Perspex, neon and sign painting. A plug is essential to exhibit them!

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