Hot Pixel – Joan Cabrer for Contorno Urbano

The 12+1 urban art project in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat near Barcelona continues this month with their latest intervention “HOT PIXEL” by Joan Cabrer – Nature and digital aesthetics

Native from Mallorca and trained in Fine Arts in Barcelona, Joan Cabrer has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Spain and Portugal. He has been a resident artist in creative places such as Hangar and Piramidón CAC (Barcelona)

In 2015 he received the Sotheby’s Scholarship Medal from the Foundation Miró.

“In his painting Cabrer confronts nature with the artificial, investigates the intrusion of the machine in the development of life to conclude talking about pollution, miscegenation, life and death.” (Source

Photo by Clara Anton


“In this series the technological references abound, it shows how the digital mute interacts with referents that belong to the organic world. The nature observed from a scientific point of view is mixed with digital aesthetics.

I’ve used the elements that make up the image on the screen and have taken to the field of painting, giving these elements a new meaning by reordering, increasing or editing them. In this way I show how the machine hides behind a thin wall or curtain that falls and reveals itself when a “glitch” or error occurs in the representation systems. ”

Photo by Clara Anton


Published by nogreywalls

Lewis Duncan aka No Grey Walls is a Scottish street art lover/photographer/blogger based in Barcelona.

2 thoughts on “Hot Pixel – Joan Cabrer for Contorno Urbano

  1. I am a big fan of street artists and am in awe of their skills. This type of work unfortunately doesn’t do it for me though. There is something very designery and corporate about it. I don’t feel the love or see a story. Technically it is brilliant, but it leaves me a bit cold. Maybe it is something I need to work on, like I had to with graff writing.

    1. I understand exactly where you are coming from. I like the idea of ‘glitch’ art but I also agree with you that this one doesn’t quite do it for me also. Next months one has just started and it would certainly look like it’s going to be a bit special…

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