In the project Globapolis, the artist studies the global urban environment and the relations between the different capitals. He has lived and travelled worldwide, visiting the main cities of the planet, before settling in London some years ago.
Through his pictures Mario Rey captures the reality of the Global Metropolis, their architecture and urban situation, in a direct way with no filters. From the most advantaged business centres to the most depreciated areas of the cities, in all the continents and different cultures, as a big portfolio of the situation of the urban development nowadays.
Afterward, he reunites some of this pictures in monographic conceptual groups, or he construct objects to represent ideas, like the pieces “windows” that are presented here in the show, the views from one city to another building structural relationships between them; in other occasions, he uses some of the images of the pictures to create pictorial installations, always focusing in the idea of urban environment and our life in the city.
Background in Fine Arts, Architecture and Project Management, Mario Rey proposes his working investigation in the frontiers of the Metropolis.
His work references constantly to the city and its morphology, either through structural pictorial abstractions, photographic series of street detail and texture, interventions through utopian projects of urban surgery, or big scale interventions over buildings and urban spaces.
However, his work does not talk about specific and close themes, but it let narrative distances and multitude of open interpretations that involve the watcher as a fundamental element of his projects, inviting to look more closely at spatial conditions and our relation with the urban life.