Vik Muniz the 49 year old Brazilian American photographer and artist renowned for his use of surprising mediums to reproduce classical imagery, stars in the award winning documentary film “Waste Land“ bringing him to a much broader audience. The documentary film directed by Lucy Walker tracks the development of a series of photographic portraits made from garbage. The series called “Pictures of Garbage” were created by Muniz at Jardim Gramacho one of the largest open air dumps on the outskirts of Rio. The work was a collaboration with the dumps underclass catadores, the informal workers who scour the dump for recyclables providing Brazil with an infamous reputation for its success in reclamation efforts.
Political Arts | Ian Bunn Visual Artist
My digital art work is essentially politics and art. It’s about iconic people, places and events of our day. Recorded visually through daily compilations of manipulated digital images, posted online and disseminated via online media and social networks. The works are diaristic in nature that metaphorically record a spectator’s experience of the contemporary digital age. The resulting work intentionally has a painterly aesthetic acknowledging my historical painting practice.
Adapting Pop Art’s notion of mass media imagery into a context of the contemporary digital age, the work draws on a myriad points of reference. Utilizing fractured images to provide an allusion to the digital noise pounding away daily into our sub consciousness. The work is essentially popular culture arts, diverging from the traditional Pop Art notion of a pronounced repetition of a consumer icon, instead this work focuses on the deluge of contemporary digital content. The compilation of the fragmented imagery is vividly distractive, not unlike cable surfing or a jaunt through Times Square.
This digital photo manipulation art work is premised on the basis that Pop art in its beginnings, freeze-framed what consumers of popular culture experienced into iconic visual abstractions. With the advent of the techno age, visual information circulates in such quantities, so rapidly and exponentially, that to comprehend a fraction of it all becomes a kind of production process in itself. Hence this work considers fragmented elements of Popular Culture through an artistic and conceptual exploration of specific people and events of the day.