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Mystic Cool

17.05.24 - 21.06.24

It is well known the impact that the development of photography had on the history of painting. For the first time, images were captured with light, directly from reality, and with a notable degree of realism… With the democratization of photography, this impact only grew. With the arrival of integrated cameras and social media, we now consume more images than ever before. We do so eagerly, quickly, with hardly any time for digestion between one image and the next.

Mattia Guarnera-MacCarthy is a British artist born in 1999, known for his explorative approach to art using visual language derived from sports, entertainment and the impact of social media. His practice serves as a catalyst to delve into and comprehend the intricate nuances of the human condition. Guarnera-MacCarthy’s work encompasses a wide array of contemporary themes, including identity, expression, competition, masculinity, and stardom.

Guarnera-MacCarthy graduated with a BA Diploma from Camberwell University of Art, UAL, in 2022. His works have been featured in various exhibitions globally, including galleries like The Hole in NYC, Guts Gallery London, Better Go South Berlin, and Frieze London. As a contemporary painter, Guarnera-MacCarthy’s practice seeks to illuminate profound truths beneath the surface, encouraging viewers to question and explore their own perspectives on the world around them.

Mattia Guarnera-MacCarthy brings a unique perspective shaped by his British, Italian, and Ghanaian heritage. His art explores subtle moments amidst the chaos of modern image consumption. By translating photographic images into paintings, he creates a visual diary that captures the fleeting nature of contemporary existence. 

He offers thought-provoking insights into the consequences of our hyperconnected, consumer-driven society. His works encourage viewers to pause and reflect on the relentless pace of modern life, inviting them to reconsider their relationship with advertising, technology, and consumption. Mattia Guarnera-MacCarthy’s introspective paintings, capturing fleeting moments in the digital age.

One philosopher who extensively explores themes related to consumerism and its impact on contemporary society is Jean Baudrillard. Baudrillard, a French sociologist and philosopher, is known for his concept of “hyperreality” and his analysis of the increasing influence of media and consumer culture on our perceptions of reality. In works like “Simulacra and Simulation” and “The Consumer Society,” Baudrillard delves into the ways in which consumerism shapes our identities, desires, and experiences, often blurring the boundaries between reality and simulation. His ideas offer valuable insights into the cultural, social, and psychological dimensions of contemporary consumer society.

This exhibition offers a comprehensive exploration of the multifaceted challenges posed by contemporary consumerism.

Don’t smoke in bed

Mattia Guarnera

2024
400€

Declassified

Mattia Guarnera

2024
400€

Featured Works

Mystic Cool Mattia Guarnera 12

Declassified

2024
190x160cm
Airbrush acrylic on canvas

Mystic Cool Mattia Guarnera 15

Osadía

2024
190x140cm
Airbrush acrylic on canvas

Available Artworks

Third leg

2024
190x150cm
Airbrush acrylic on canvas

Madame X

2024
45x35cm
Airbrush acrylic on canvas

One More

2024
45x35cm
Airbrush acrylic on canvas

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