VIK MUNIZ | Metachrome: Homage to the square, after Josef Albers

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Galeria Nara Roesler
Metachrome: Homage to the square, after Josef Albers, 2016
Archival inkjet print
edition of 6 + 4 AP, 1/4 AP
44.4 x 44.4 x 2 in. (framed)
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 in.


At first sight, this work seems to mirror a painting by Josef Albers, however, as one takes a closer look, one begins to discover that the image is actually made with pieces of chalk. The final photograph is a representation of an installation of chalk, which in turn is a representation of the famous painting by Josef Albers. The chalk installation itself no longer exists.

Vik Muniz' body of work explores the limits of representations within visual arts, twinning his production with an urge to grasp the world’s current state of affairs. Using raw materials such as thorn paper, cotton, sugar, chocolate or waste, the artist meticulously composes landscapes, portraits or other depictions offering alternative representations and understandings of these materials and the images they render. In tandem with his artistic practice Vik Muniz has headed social projects that rely on art and creativity to aid low-income communities in Brazil and has also produced artworks that aim to give visibility to marginalized groups in society.

His works are included in the collections of: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; The Tate Gallery, London, UK; among others.