Exposures on exposure

Group show opening this Saturday in Rosendale spotlights work by Vik Muniz

by Paul Smart
April 14, 2011 01:03 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo of Vik Muniz by Barney Kulok, courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Photo of Vik Muniz by Barney Kulok, courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Any work by Vik Muniz in our area needs mention here. You know whom we’re talking about? The Brazilian-born photographer started off as a sculptor. Then he drew pictures of photographs from memory, which he subsequently photographed. He began working with odd materials, from thread to chocolate, dust and caviar. He redid a Warhol portrait of the Mona Lisa in peanut butter and jelly. He recreated The Last Supper in sugar, wire, thread and Bosco Chocolate Syrup. More recently, he has hit a monumental scale building massive images out of piles of junk, in warehouses and on large fields, shot from perfect distances and shown as photos. A film about Muniz, Waste Land, directed by Lucy Walker, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, up against the Banksy film, Exit through the Gift Shop.

There’s going to be a Muniz piece in a storefront show at Roos Arts in Rosendale, opening this Saturday, April 16. “Enclosure,” a group exhibition curated by artist Janaina Tschäpe, is designed to explore “the theme of exposure and confinement in different media, offering perspectives into ways we create the laws we wish to break.” The curator has a long history, as her pulling in of some Muniz pieces demonstrates.

Also showing will be works by Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner, James Hyde, Barney Kulok, Michelle Leedy and Coke Wisdom O’Neal. There will be a series of “storybooks” by Fernanda Feher in Roos’s Flat Files Project Space – an upstate take, we surmise, on the popular old Pierogi means of showing works in their first Williamsburg space. It opens from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, then stays up Thursdays through Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. through May 21.

Roos is located at 449 Main Street, just across the street (headed west) from the Rosendale Café. Call (718) 755-4726 or visit for further information.

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