Martin Legón

Artist, Resident

Martín Legón (1978, Buenos Aires) varies freely between installations, drawings, paintings and procedures such as the recovery of photographic collections. His production reveals his interest in poetically linking texts and quotes from sociology, literature and art history. Just as it happens with the juxtaposition of an assembly of cinematographic attractions, the references he chooses display chains of critical and conceptual statements. In recent years, Legón has revisited topics such as the structures of work, the production of images and the place of the artist in modern-day society. While referring to failed modernist utopias, his works may hover between romantic-idealistic atmospheres and a certain spirit of contemporary decadentism. Some of his exhibitions are La seducción de los inocentes (Ángels, Barcelona, 2018), Quatrenial Shanzhai (Museo Genaro Pérez, Córdoba, 2018), Nuevos pensamientos imbéciles (Barro, Buenos Aires, 2017), La vuelta al mundo… curated by Inés Katzenstein and Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy in collaboration with the Arts Department of University Torcuato Di Tella and Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (Buenos Aires, 2014), Principios para un manifiesto especular (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario, Santa Fe, 2013). He was one of the youngest Argentinian artists to be a part of San Pablo Biennial in the XXX edition “La Inminencia de las Poéticas” curated by Luis Pérez Oramas (2012).In the past few years some of his essays were published: La naturaleza del artificio (Big Sur Zine, 2012), El Test del Hombre bajo la lluvia (Arta Ediciones, 2012), Apuntes a la Colección Globus (Big Sur Books, 2016) and Maleza (Editorial Ivan Rosado, 2016).

BAR Resident Project: The seduction of the innocents, Martín Legón