Vik Muniz: FOTOCUBISMO
“I’ve always been drawn to Cubism which often causes us to question our reality – through shape, form, composition. It goes beyond the pure mathematical figure or a flat composition. To me it was an art movement which humanized these very general, traditional ideas of perspective and placed them in a tactile world of sensation and feeling.” - Vik Muniz
Ben Brown Fine Arts is pleased to announce FOTOCUBISMO, the gallery’s fourth solo exhibition in the London gallery of internationally acclaimed Brazilian artist and photographer Vik Muniz, opening this April.
Exhibited for the first time in the United Kingdom, FOTOCUBISMO features work from Muniz’s most recent Surfaces series, which explores concepts of perception, reality, and representation while challenging traditional notions of materiality. Muniz’s work often draws inspiration from iconic images from art history. Looking to Cubist masters such as Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris and Georges Braque, these unique works are a result of the artist’s hybrid technique of photographing handcrafted, three-dimensional elements – most notably painting and collaged components – which are reprocessed through photographic collages. Muniz's newest works invite viewers to question and explore what lies beneath the surface, and to dissect each layer amidst the overlapping interventions.
These abstract studies compel the viewer to closely investigate the dichotomy between the physical object and its depiction, while at the same time reinventing the possibilities and questions around the construction of a photographic image. This exploration of iconic images from art history, which Muniz has repeatedly revisited throughout his career, furthers the artist’s investigations into the contradictions between visual perception, the physical world and art historical context.
Vik Muniz’s Mixed-Media Reflection on Perception and MaterialityLux MagazineBrazilian artist and photographer Vik Muniz’s most recent series Surfaces is currently on display in the FOTOCUBISMO exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts in Mayfair,...
The Reality ParadoxJohn-Paul Pryor for Port MagazineThe artist Vik Muniz on cubism, exploring the super-real, and embracing a future of autonomous digital imagery The acclaimed artist Vik Muniz has been toying...
Mischievous Vik Muniz recalls label-swapping incident at MoMAGareth Harris for The Art NewspaperThe Brazilian artist discussed why and how he looks to art history during a discussion at The Arts Club in London. The Brazilian artist Vik...
Vik Muniz: FotocubismoElena Clavarino for Air MailGrowing up in Brazil, Vik Muniz studied reproductions of famous artists and dreamed of someday seeing the originals. —E.C.