Convergence: No. 10 (After Jackson Pollock)
- medium Mural-sized chromogenic print
- edition 4
- size 118.00w x 69.00h in
- created 2008
COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Literature: Capivara, Vik Muniz: Obra Completa 1987-2009, p. 607
Series: Pictures of Pigment
Edition: One 4 artists proofs in addition to the numbered edition of 6.
– Photographer and mixed-media artist Vik Muniz is best known for repurposing everyday materials for intricate and heavily layered recreations of canonical artworks.
– Convergence: No. 10 (After Jackson Pollock) is part of the artist’s series Pictures of Pigment in which he uses pigment powder to reproduce emblematic paintings by Monet, Klimt, Matisse, and Rothko, among others.
– The very quality of the material necessitates particular handling, first of all, owing to the toxicity of certain colors, and secondly because the dispersing powder must be protected from draft. With the help of brushes and little spoons, Muniz succeeds in precisely dropping the powder onto the surface. Once in contact with the surface, the powder can no longer be retouched. Finishing each work can take several weeks, and then every drawing, its size about 30 to 40 centimeters, is immediately photographed. The pictures are then enlarged to very big formats enabling us to perceive their voluptuous and tactile colors.
– During the process of creation, Vik Muniz playfully and ironically takes up different roles, those of painter, sculptor, photographer, and theoretician. Even by reinforcing our feeling of familiarity, Vik Muniz deceives us. While his work, at first sight, leaves us with an impression of sensuality and ambiguity, it questions the very process of visual perception. He wants us to be doubtful, critical, and analytical: “Vision is, first of all, a form of intelligence, and recognition or identification a sort of comfort.” Although his pictures appear familiar, they indeed unsettle the process of identification.