THE BRUCE MEYER FAMILY GALLERY: PICTURES OF CAR PARTS (AFTER ED RUSCHA) BY VIK MUNIZ
Vik Muniz built a career on interpreting the work of other great artists, using perishable and impermanent materials to recreate their most famous pieces. He would then photograph these recreations and destroy them. This latest series took a slightly different tack in that Muniz recreated Ed Ruscha’s iconic scenes of Los Angeles with pieces of various vehicles. These works, created using car parts, represent a distinct departure from the temporary nature of Muniz’s other work which was produced with ephemeral and perishable materials. Muniz, 55, was also the subject of a recent documentary film, “Waste Land,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.
Throughout his career, Ed Ruscha’s work has managed to capture Los Angeles both at its best and its most banal. Whether it is his series of prints featuring Standard Oil stations in various stages of immolation or his photo book both featuring and titled “Every Building on The Sunset Strip,” his output has become an important part of LA’s cultural identity.
Open December 2016 – April 2017
Image courtesy of J. Carter Tutwiler Family Trust; artwork (C) Vik Muniz