Sikkema Jenkins currently has on view Pictures of Magazines 2, a series of new, large-scale, color photographs by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. Muniz is perhaps best-known for his Pictures of Garbage and the work he's done with the waste pickers in Jardim Gramacho, Brazil as documented in the Oscar-nominated film Waste Land (2010).
Muniz's latest series features recreations of famous works of art composed of thousands of scraps of images and text torn out of various magazines and books. A close inspection of the works reveal diverse collages that include pictures of starlets, supermodels, celebrities, kittens, food items, porn, as well as images of other famous artworks and lines of text. As the show's press release states, much like rapid-fire channel surfing or web browsing, the series "reflects modern life with its incessant influx of information... Western culture's continuous iteration of updating, overwriting and replacement leaves an endless stream of garbage in its wake." Whereas Muniz's Pictures of Garbage were created with actual trash, in Pictures of Magazines 2 the artist "draws from the endless media onslaught of our culture, a recycling of mental 'garbage'."
Behind his incredible, meticulous recreations of Courbet, Degas, van Gogh, and more, Muniz delivers scathing commentary regarding the West's ever-growing obsession with trash culture. Learn more at Sikkemajenkinsco.com and see my February 2010 post on Muniz here. Through October 15th.