Vic Muñiz: "Muñiz Remastered"

Museo de Las Americas

October 4, 2007 - January 20, 2008

  • Opening Reception, Thursday October 4th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Vic Muniz
Kyber Pass, Self Portrait as an Oriental - Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz photographs sneak up on you. At first glance, it's difficult to appreciate the complexity of his work, for example "Kyber Pass" (pictured above) from a distance seems to be some type of portrait, however on closer study, Muniz self-portrait is built up from thousands of cheap plastic children's toys arranged as a collage and then photographed. Another self portrait ("I'm Too Sad to Tell You") is similarly built up, however instead of small kids trinkets, Muniz uses an abundance of detritus including beer cans, a lawn chair, cash register, etc. spread out on what must have been a massive factory floor to create the image.

Junk is not Muniz sole canvas: he is also well known for recreating famous photographs and artworks in such tasty media as chocolate syrup and peanut butter & jelly. The ephemeral nature of the creations is documented via photographs which tease the viewer with the story of their underlying composition and creation. I would love to see some type of video of the artist at work as it would be fascinating to get a glimpse into Muniz craft and meditation as he manipulates his elements into photographic subjects.

Also on display are Muniz "Equivalents" photographs of clouds in various animal shapes and his Still Lifes built up from hundreds of circular patches.

This is certainly one of the most exciting shows in Denver this autumn so do be sure to stop into the Museo to have a peek; and if you simply can't get enough, Muniz is also the subject of a more thorough retrospective at the Musee d'art Contemporain de Montréal. - KLH

Click here for Kyle MacMillan's Denver Post review...

Museo de Las Americas
861 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

(From the Museo press release)

Museo de las Américas is proud to announce its new exhibition, Muñiz: Remastered, Photographs From the West Collection, organized by Devon Dikeou in partnership with the West Collection curator, Lee Stoetzel. Muñiz: Remastered presents a selection of reinterpretations by Muniz of masters such as Corot, Durer, Aaron Siskind, Rembrandt, Warhol, and others in Muñiz's unique artistic style. These works are new approaches to infamous images and included in this exhibition are reinterpretations to well-known works such as Théodore Géricault's Raft of Medusa and Cezanne's Still Life With Apples.These pieces as well as all of Muñiz' creations completed since the mid 1990's are fabricated with unlikely mediums of chocolate, trash, sequins, thread, peanut butter and jelly, sugar, dirt, leaves, junk, and other materials. A final photograph is printed in each case to document his fragile inventions. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1961, Muñiz is now based in New York.


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