Surfaces

Surfaces

Vik Muniz’s artist practice spans three decades and the complexity of his photographic works grabs the attention of visitors. The use of unusual materials - chocolate, jam, sugar, pigments, dust, rubbish - to reconstruct works of art from art history and to reproduce emblematic scenes from popular culture has propelled him onto the international art scene. In this new series, titled Surfaces, Vik Muniz is once again reflecting upon the dichotomy between the object and its representation and exploring the nature of perception through art materials. He revisits the works of abstract painters like Josef Albers, Hans Arp or Milton Avery and re-appropriates their visual worlds through a hybrid process that combines collage, painting and high-resolution digital photography. The artist cuts out and superimposes card stock and photographs them to then move them around, rearrange them and photograph them again. Each photographic trompe-l’œil is unique. The exhibited works evoke the rendition - colour, texture and material - that is characteristic of paintings. Surfaces questions the mechanisms of representation and the hierarchy between “originals” and “copies”, between the work and its subject, at a time when the relationship between art and the image is mediated by the pervasiveness of digital technology. To quote the artist, “the difference between the work and its image barely exists anymore” and in this new series, he supplies us with a reflection on the possible interpretations of material reality. For the duration of the exhibition, the space at 33 rue de la Concorde will welcome The Skateroom x Vik Muniz. There you will be able to discover the limited series of skateboards designed by Vik Muniz.

Surfaces

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