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In the “Postcards from Nowhere” series Muniz similarly explores the idea of memory, nostalgia, and intimacy through his collection of vintage postcards. These tiny, repurposed objects create a vibrant vista of iconic cities and landmarks around the world, including the Hong Kong and Shanghai skylines, the Great Wall of China, and Piccadilly Circus in London, all of which can peak the memory. Muniz is interested in the history of sending and collecting postcards as a recollection of one’s travels and a form of communication, which has since been replaced by the instantaneous nature of modern technology. The thick format of the vintage photographs collaged together, coupled with the studio lighting used to photograph them, result in a three-dimensional, tactile quality in these thought-provoking works.
Muniz is renowned for his ingenious employment of unusual materials, including dust, sugar, chocolate, diamonds, caviar, toys, paper hole-punches, junk, dry pigment and magazine shreds, to reconstruct images that tap into the viewer’s subconscious visual repository and beg for further investigation.
Vik Muniz is a contemporary visual artist born in 1961 in São Paulo, Brazil. He is best known for re-purposing everyday materials (from trash to peanut butter and jelly) for intricate and heavily layered recreations of canonical artworks. His work has been met with both commercial success and critical acclaim and has been exhibited worldwide. Muniz began to discover art in the books he borrowed from his high school library and later studied advertising at the Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado de São Paulo. When he was 18, Muniz worked in Brazil, for an advertising company, redesigning an outdoor medium – billboards. He then collected money and left in 1983 for New York. In 1988, his first solo exhibition as a sculptor was held. In 1997, he was featured in a show at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1998, Muniz participated in the 24th International Biennale in São Paulo, and in 2001, he represented Brazil at the 49th Biennale in Venice, Italy. He has had his work exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and many more. Vik Muniz lives and works between New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Martin Lawrence Galleries is proud to have select Muniz works in our inventory, which can be seen here.