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Vik Muniz: Reflex

Vik Muniz: Reflex
NEW YORK  •  P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center  •  Ongoing

Since the mid 1990s, Vik Muniz (b. 1961, São Paulo) has been incorporating everyday objects into his photographic process to create witty, bold, and often deceiving images based on photojournalism and art history. The Brazilian-born, New York-based artist makes pictures from dirt, diamonds, sugar, wire, string, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, dust, ketchup, the circular paper remnants made by hole punches, junk, pigment, and other materials. Though Muniz’s images are often familiar—borrowing from popular culture and Old Master artists—it is quickly evident that they are not what they seem. Using an approach that the artist calls “the worst possible illusion,” the works are formed from materials gathered from everyday life, which Muniz arranges and photographs, rather than traditional artistic materials.

The exhibition is accompanied by 204-page book, Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer, published by the Aperture Foundation. The book, authored by Muniz and richly illustrated not only with his own works, but with works from the history of art and photography and scientific diagrams dealing with everything from perception theory to printing processes.

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center Web Site

Contact: 22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
Tel: (1) 718 784 20 84

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