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date: 21 November 2019

Muniz, Viklocked

(b São Paulo, Dec 20, 1961).
  • Arthur Ollman

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(b São Paulo, Dec 20, 1961).

Brazilian sculptor and photographer, active also in the USA. As a child, Muniz’s underclass family had little exposure to the arts, but his capacity for drawing provided a strong grounding in creating visual imagery. In 1983 Muniz attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. By 1989 he was making sculptural objects with decidedly ironic, humorous, and Dadaist sensibilities. These objects included a bowling ball fitted with wheels and a Pre-Columbian coffee maker. In 1990 Muniz began making three-dimensional drawings with materials such as bent wire or thousands of metres of string, which were subsequently photographed back into two-dimensional images. This led Muniz’s use of many unconventional materials to recreate scenes from artworks in the popular canon, such as the Mona Lisa in peanut butter and jelly and the famous photograph of Jackson Pollock by Hans Namuth in chocolate syrup. He also employed dust, sugar, garbage, diamonds, human virus cells, and single grains of sand on which he drew microscopic sand castles. The photographic print of the assemblage is always his final product....

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