Raw materials recombine as artistic creations
From a distance, his works look familiar. But a closer inspection reveals the medium of his pieces.
For the last 20 years, Muniz has recreated masterpieces, historic pictures and images of celebrities and pop culture through the use of these strange and sometimes edible materials. He then photographs the sculptural “drawings.”
Muniz’s works evoke old memories, but the viewer’s attention is soon taken by the way they distort the original images and Muniz’s use of unconventional materials.
Muniz uses a range of techniques to transform his materials into reflections on art and illusion.
In a nod to Andy Warhol, he made two replicas of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa: one with jelly and the other with peanut butter. His take on another Warhol work used black and red pepper and curry powder. And in the series “Pictures of Chocolate,” he used sugar, wire, thread and chocolate syrup to replicate Leonardo’s Last Supper.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1961 and originally trained as a sculptor, Muniz now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Thirteen of Muniz’s photographs will be exhibited at Insa Art Center in central Seoul through April 14.
Insa Art Center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Jonggak subway station, line No. 1, exit 1, or Anguk subway station, line No. 3, exit 6. For more information, visit www.insaartcenter.com or call 02-736-1020.
By Limb Jae-un [email@example.com]