Seeing Is Believing

Muniz, Vik

Published by Arena Editions, 1998
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Synopsis: Vik Muniz works with the syntax of photography, but his images are not simply photographic. As Vince Aletti has pointed out in the Village Voice, Muniz has teased the medium mercilessly and with an infectious glee. He makes pictures of picturessly, punning documents that subvert photography by forcing it to record not the natural world but a fiction, a simulation. Munizs pictures are illusions that draw from the language of visual culture, but they twist and redefine our perception to both the commonplace and the fantastic. Munizs images humorously, as well as critically, challenge our abilities to discern fact from fiction, reality from illusion. Utilizing a panoply of unorthodox materialsgranulated sugar, tomato sauce, chocolate syrup, a 16,000-yard piece of sewing thread, and soilMuniz first creates an image, sculpturally manipulates it, then photographs it. Whether a portrait, a landscape, or an iconic image from history, Munizs images are never what! they seem. This book, the artist s first monograph, is produced in conjunction with Munizs one-person exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York, opening September 1998.

Review: Best described as an artist who uses a camera, Vik Muniz blurs the lines between painting, sculpture, and photography. He has made a number of different series of photographs in which he constructs images--often portraits--out of materials such as sugar, chocolate syrup, and thread. In another series, he drew famous images (using his aforementioned nontraditional media), like the photograph of Neil Armstrong on the moon, from memory. Muniz plays freely in the field of representation. And through his work, viewers witness the complicated separation between a real image that seems definitely to exist somewhere, and the means by which Muniz achieves a representation of that image--first re-creating it, then making a photograph. He writes that "illusion becomes a way to improve our understanding of what reality is and humor becomes a subject for serious investigation." By setting up images that aim to unsettle viewers' perceptual faculties as a way of expanding understanding, and stimulating discovery, Muniz takes part in a trend in image-making that includes artists such as Gerhard Richter, Richard Artschwager, and Thomas Demand.

Published alongside his solo exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York, Seeing Is Believing is the first monograph on Vik Muniz. The reproduction of the images on heavy, creamy paper is of exceptional quality, indicative of its publisher, Arena Editions. And the book includes two essays, one by Charles Ashley Stainback and the other by Mark Alice Durant, as well as a dialogue between Muniz and Stainback. --Loren E. Baldwin

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Title: Seeing Is Believing
Publisher: Arena Editions
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Cloth
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

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