The Junk Portraits of Vik Muniz

Using domestic and industrial junk, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz is able to recreate anything, from photographs to famous paintings.

Just because the artworks of Vik Muniz is made of junk, doesn’t mean it stinks. he’s actually been living in New York for the last 27 years, and is now recognized as one of the most original artists in the Big Apple. Over the years he has worked with various mediums, from chocolate syrup to caviar and even diamonds, but it seems garbage has become his favorite.

The “Junk Portraits” series of Vik Muniz features reproductions of classic paintings like Saturn devouring one of his children, by Goya, Mars, God of War, by Velasquez, or Sisyphus, by Titian. They have all been recreated from various junk items, on a giant warehouse floor and photographed from an elevated position, to make individual objects hard to distinguish.

Although the actual recreation of his junk portraits from garbage, might seem like the most important part of his job, his work isn’t completed until he takes photos of them.

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

Above photos via Sikkema

 

Photo by Vik Muniz

 

Photo by Vik Muniz


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