Erques Torres is revamping the irreverent graphic design of 90s rave flyers
The digital collage stylings of a post-internet era infiltrate Erques’ work, making it feel exciting and attractive.
- Joey Levenson
- 23 February 2023
Erques Torres is yet another talent out of the Barcelona graphic design scene that we’re excited about. Proving that the Catalan capital is a hub of contemporary design, Erques creates fascinating posters that overwhelm all the senses. So how does Erques achieve such an array of visual stimulants in his work? “I use a variety of techniques, from creating and generating images in digital environments to searching for graphic jewels on the streets of the city,” the designer tells It’s Nice That. “I like to have a technological component in my projects that enters into dialogue with reality, but without neglecting the craft, texture and reality that analogue processes bring.”
The amalgamation of dialogue with analogue is what keeps Erques’ work feel fresh while also invoking retro nightlife posters of years prior (think 90s rave flyers). “I am lucky to spend some of my time on projects related to experimental electronic music, club, dance and new trends generated around them,” Erques explains. “Staying up-to-date with new sounds, new forms of sound and visual synthesis, generates a universe of possibilities, which I then apply in the creation processes and I usually work from ideas.” The broken and irreverent style of Erques’ work is a treat for those who like to engage with club flyers and fanzines as genuine pieces of art. “The result is not meant to be beautiful but to convey ideas,” Erques summarises.
Erques Torres: Human (Copyright © Erques Torres, 2023)
About the Author
Joey is a freelance design, arts and culture writer based in London. He was part of the It’s Nice That team as editorial assistant in 2021, after graduating from King’s College, London. Previously, Joey worked as a writer for numerous fashion and art publications, such as HERO Magazine, Dazed, and Candy Transversal.