Vik Muniz, "Album"

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Vik Muniz, "Album"

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz started as a sculptor, which may account for his unusual approach to the medium he's become famous for: photography. Muniz physically builds an image out of materials that usually relate to the subject he is portraying, then he takes a photo of the result. This trompe l'oeil effect is readily apparent in the two series in his latest show. The first group, which shares its title with the exhibition, features family-album-type images composed of old found photos. The second series, called "Postcards from Nowhere," likewise comprises postcard-style images, created out of other postcards. As is typical of the artist's work, his uncanny ability to cobble together convincing images out of a myriad of disparate elements commands your attention.


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