Gerard McGregor’s work mainly deals with the effects that light, colour and technology have on memory. He says, “I am fascinated by how our increasing use of technology is affecting the way we, as humans, think. Photographs and videos are often taken as a way of capturing events in our lives. These images are then used as prompts for our own reminiscing. Sometimes, I wonder if we are becoming too reliant on the pictures we have taken rather than using our brain’s natural memory function.
I have tried to express these thoughts and feelings in my work by trying to paint everything as if it has been affected by some sort of digital glitch or malfunction. Each painting represents a split-second recollection of an event in someone’s life and the emotions it has unearthed.
Most of my work starts off from photographs. They are either images I have taken when I have been out and about, or I have had tried to capture scenes from television when the picture has been distorted by some sort of interference. I then edit the photographs further, slightly altering their appearance bit by bit until I come to an image I would like to reproduce as a painting. From there I will make slight changes as I paint until I feel the work is complete.”
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