Vik Muniz, a Brazilian living in Brooklyn is exhibiting his collection entitled Pictures of Magazines 2. The series, on display at Galerie Zippas in Paris, is a collage reimagination of nine famous paintings created using only torn images.
Strips of paper torn out of magazines, sensational newspapers, ads, comic strips, and books, images of celebrities and nobodies, philanthropists and terrorists, sit together in a mashed up image to recreate impressionist art when viewed from a distance.
The exhibitions website says of Muniz’s medium:
Vik Muniz’s works privilege the medium of paper, which is increasingly neglected today in favor of electronic media. Here, paper retains all its material brilliance and thereby generates an awareness of our rapid consumer culture of images and the images’ eventual disintegration. Muniz demonstrates his capacity to reveal how vision is constructed, to investigate what is at stake for our society, and to question our relationship with images.
Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, as created by Muniz, pictured above.
Portrait of Adeline Ravoux, Vincent Van Gogh
A Bar at Folies bergères, Édouard Manet
Picking Flowers in a Field, Mary Cassatt