Final words: Vik Muniz (Brazil)
Vik Muniz describes himself as a product of a military dictatorship. Born and raised in Brazil, the photographer ended up in Brooklyn in the 1980´s, where he has lived and worked ever since. Muniz searched back to the stamping ground when he made his world-famous portrait series; “Pictures of Garbage.”
It is really unnecessary to enlarge more on Vik Muniz. Most people know him after the great success of the the multi-award winning documentary; Waste Land.
“Marat (Sebastiao)” by Vik Muniz, 2008. He created portraits of the “catadores” (the catadores are the individuals who work at the site separating recyclable materials from general waste)
As you readers might have notice, this month has been dedicated to recycled art; waste, garbage, junk and trash. So I thought it was appropriated to end the month with Vik Muniz´s words.
After living on an open-air dump outside Rio de Janiero for almost two years the man naturally deserves that honor to be nominated — The King of Trash.
The quote is taken from Waste Land:
“I’m at this point in my career were I’m trying to step away from the realm of fine arts,” he says to the camera, “because I think it’s a very exclusive, very restrictive place to be. What I want to be able to do is to change the lives of people with the same materials they deal with every day.”
— Vik Muniz
This month´s favorite: Recycled art
From waste to resource …
In recent years, waste products and other materials have become more and more prominent in the creation of art. Here are some recycled art masterpieces — made from junks!
“Ghost in the machines – The Beatles” by Erika Iris Simmons
“Binary Bound” by Nick Gentry
“Harmonix Rock Band” by Kyle Bean
“Hard disk drive robot” by Miguel Rivera
“What came first” by Kyle Bean
“The rabbit” by Robert Bradford
“Collage 09” by Derek Gores
Photographs are taken from Hongicat & google image
From litter off the streets — to odds and ends in the house; these artists from all around the world find a use for what others would toss without a second thought. Cassettes, discarded toys, floppy disks, hard disk drives, eggshells, recycled clothes & magazines are among things that can — occasionally — be turned into gold.
In the last year Konsthopp have visited numerous of exhibition dedicated to some sort of recycled art. Examples includes; Buffé (Stockholm), Cotton Rags (Reykjavik), Sæborgin; Kynjaverur og ókindur (Reykjavik), Monument (Oslo), Losun (Reykjavik) and Sorp er auðlind (Reykjavik).
Stay posted about more recycled art-related topics next days. We are having a guest blog this week!