Playmetric explores our relationship with tech in colourful and geometric style

Colin Bigelow aka Playmetric's playful new series Interplay explores our relationship to the world through technology. 

Digital Arts casts its eye on both art and tech, looking at the possibilities of the latter with regards to making the former. No surprise then that Australian artist Playmetric's new project Interplay caught our eye - and will catch yours too when it opens as an exhibition at Dalston's always on-point Pocko gallery.

Interplay focuses on themes that are inspired by scientific research and our relationship to the world through technology. Speaking with us, Playmetric - real name Colin Bigelow - explains how he explored the intersection between art and tech with these pieces.

"Without the computer and the subsequent aesthetics that come from digital image making, the dichotomy of traditional art and digital art wouldn't exist," he tells us. "I'm attempting to blur this dichotomy, and for me, this is very much representative of how digital technology augments our daily lives and are merging with our every interaction with one another.

"Maybe in the future, we won't even consider the difference between our digital lives and our real ones. Like for example how we forget that the alphabet and writing is a technology. It's just that it's so useful for our memory to categorise and construct communicable ideas that we believe it comes from within us but in fact, it's an invention. This blows my mind every time I think of it."

Colin's process is of course entirely digital, making his works from digital thumbnails using Photoshop.

"This is almost like a simulation as it enables me to rapidly make concepts and see if they are working as a series that fits with what I'm trying to communicate," he explains. "Once I'm happy I then blow up the thumbnails and work on a 1 to 1 scale drawing of the final image that will act as the underdrawing for the final painting.

"I then undergo an almost surgical painting process that results in a super clean painting that almost looks like it was created digitally and printed by a machine. The colour schemes are broken into four different colour pallets so that within each series there is a link or pathway that is symbolic of the overarching concept of the exhibition."

Colin's unmistakably geometric style stems from the past of his youthful habits, ones which he tried to break upon studying how to draw.

"This was an incredibly valuable toolset for me to acquire but ultimately I am still very attracted to geometric forms, so it's been a long journey that has taken me full circle back to my original fascination with the geometric," he confides.

And despite his very future-focused look and interests, Colin's influences stem from graphic designers and artists of the mid-20th century.

"If I had to mention a few names I'd say; Gerd Arntz, Yusaku Kamekura, Stuart Davis, Saul Bass, Miro and Mathew Leibowitz. Along with a sprinkling of people like Nathalie Du Pasquier from the Memphis group. And maybe even Richard Feynman's diagrams, they are fascinating."

Interplay will be on display at the Pocko gallery from November 9th.

Check out more of Colin's work at his official site.

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