Buenos Aires is an anomaly in South America when it comes to the acceptance and encouragement of street art. Many building and home owners grant permission to street artists or commission them to create murals on their property. Martin Ron, who is one of the most prolific and celebrated street artists in the city, is bringing some of his trademark hyperrealist style and verve to the Mayfair gallery Mead Carney. He has worked on public art projects within the Buenos Aires city government to paint murals inside various metro stations. These include Hospitales (2012) and the historic stations of Plaza de Mayo (2013) and Plaza Miserere (2013).
Ron enthuses: “In Argentina we have a lot of freedom to paint and it means street art is not perceived as vandalism.” For him, mural-making and street art give expression to his unique worldview. “I see society as a great big soup. The three main ingredients of the soup are man, nature and technology and they are all mixed together in a disorganized way without care or meaning”. Some of the works that Ron will be showing at Mead Carney include paintings that feature mutant characters in fantasy situations. Unlike many other graffiti artists, he doesn’t use aerosols but instead employs paintbrushes and rollers in his practice.
Catch Soup by Martin Ron at Mead Carney until June 10.
Mead Carney, 45 Dover Street, London W1S 4FF
Images courtesy of the artist and the gallery.