I’ll admit that when I first saw a Vik Muniz’s photograph in the Phoenix Art Museum, although interesting, I wasn’t that taken by it. It was curious that he created an image out of objects and photographed it, but it seems like yet another art world gimick. Being an artist who enjoys assemblage as well, I wondered why he simply didn’t make sculptures and show us the real objects like Tony Cragg or the like.
Ah, but as you get to know someone, that is when you perhaps find yourself drawing either further away, or further in with them. I’ll admit, I fell in. The more I saw of his work, and after viewing the documentary “Wasteland” which chronicles his work with a group of trash-pickers in Brazil, I was impressed. Here was a well known contemporary artist using his status for good and to help others, not just looking for additional ways to give himself more accolades. Muniz’s work at least for me began looking very thoughtful and not just about doing flashy contemporary art, but perhaps it was actually about making this world a better place. What a concept eh? I highly recommended the film, and now his work. Below is the trailer: