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VIK MUNIZ: Pictures of Magazines 2    Sep 20 - Nov 10, 2012


Artist Walk-Through: Tuesday, October 9, 5:00pm
Reception with Artist: Tuesday, October 9, 5:30 to 7:30pm

The Rena Bransten Gallery is pleased to present a selection of photographs by Vik Muniz from his latest series, Pictures of Magazines 2.

In the original Pictures of Magazines Series, Muniz constructed portraits and still-lifes out of bits of colored paper hole-punched from magazines and arranged like paint dabs to form the images. In his new series, Muniz uses magazine images torn out in ragged patches to construct his content - people, still-lifes, objects, or architecture - in re-renderings of paintings from art history. By building up recognizable images from smaller but equally identifiable patches, the focus of one's eyes shifts back and forth between the final forms and the clearly articulated parts that make them up. This continual focal shift from "big picture" to "little picture" energizes the forms so the contents appear to vibrate or glitter. That one's eyes cannot resist the push-pull of optical forces plays into Vik's long-standing interest in how the brain processes visual information. Once again, his genius in leading viewers to see things in a new way is perfectly represented in these new photographs.

Vik Muniz will lead a walk-through of the exhibition on October 9th at 5pm, with an opening reception for the artist to follow. The exhibition will be on view at Rena Bransten Gallery September 20 - November 10, 2012.

Vik Muniz was born in 1961 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. His work has been exhibited internationally in institutions such as the Whitney Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janiero, Brazil; P.S. 1, New York; Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan; and the Museo d'Arte Contemporania Roma, Rome, Italy. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn and Rio de Janiero.

The gallery will be closed for two weeks beginning August 21. We will return on September 4 with regular gallery hours, Tuesday through Friday 10:30 to 5:30 and Saturday 11:00 to 5:00. For further information, please visit our website or contact us at info@renabranstengallery.com.

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