Available on DVD from the Rena Bransten Gallery
Vik Muniz: Bulfinch's Recycling Yard
Pictures of Junk
Internationally renowned artist Vik Muniz uses an astonishing variety of everyday, often ephemeral, materials, including dirt, sugar, wire, string, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, plastic toys, and diamonds to create his photographic compositions. Often derived from recognizable media or art historical sources, ranging from LIFE Magazine to Velazquez, the resulting images are at once familiar and alien. Humorously questioning and subverting traditions of representation and interpretation in art, Muniz treads the line between reality and illusion, figuration and abstraction, idea and image, means and ends.