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Vik Muniz: Reflex

July 7 – October 7, 2006
USF Contemporary Art Museum

Vik Muniz, Self Portrait (Front, Pictures of Magazines, detail),
2003. Chromogenic print, 92 x 72 inches.
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NYC.

For more than a decade, Brazilian born Vik Muniz has been dazzling audiences worldwide with his photographs of images created from an astonishing variety of materials such as dirt, diamonds, sugar, wire, string, thread, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, dust, ketchup, the circular paper remnants made by hole punches, junk and pigment. The images Muniz creates are often familiar, remembered from the news, history, or the media. After an initial moment of recognition, it quickly becomes clear that these images are not what they first seemed. It’s an approach to art that Muniz calls “the worst possible illusion.”

Muniz’ illusions have earned him critical acclaim and widespread recognition. Time Magazine named him one of its leaders of the new millennium and the New York Times has recommended his work as a sure-fire antidepressant, describing it as “an idea wrapped in surprise and laughter.” The exhibition will also include 50 photogravures produced at Graphicstudio.

Vik Muniz: Reflex was organized by Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, with support from Miami Art Museum’s Annual Exhibition Fund. Additional support provided by Duggal Visual Solutions.

The Vik Muniz project at USF is made possible by the Members and Corporate Partners of the USF Institute for Research in Art, and is supported in part with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Exhibition Checklist

Vik Muniz, Toy Soldier (Monads), 2003.
Chromogenic print, 96 x 72 inches.
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NYC.

Cloud Cloud

Saturday and Sunday, September 16 – 17, 2006

Pause, Look Up, Smile. Vik Muniz will move his art out of the museum and into the sky. High over downtown Tampa the artist will use a pilot and a plane to sketch his ilusion of clouds in the sky. You can only view this exhibition if you pause and look up. Try to catch it before it disappears.

Vik Muniz, Cloud Cloud, Manhattan
(Pictures of Clouds, detail), 2001. Chromogenic print.
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NYC.