Walter Martin (b. 1953) and Paloma Muñoz (b. 1965), who have been partners in life and work since 1994, are best known for their photographs and sculptures, surreal landscape dioramas in which absurd and bizarre scenes play out.
The meticulously manufactured and extraordinarily detailed snow globes of the Travelers series document the fates of those who set out on journeys. Each a miniature world unto itself, they feature an icy wilderness of snowy mountains, blocks of ice, and dead trees, with various characters stuck in more or less hopeless predicaments. Their disconcerting interactions and the calamities that are about to befall them or have already occurred suggest the precariousness and darker aspects of human relationships. Martin & Muñoz’s “hilarious nightmares” undermine the nostalgia and sentimentalism that are all over the cultural history of the snow globe. Meanwhile, the dreamy atmosphere engendered by the interplay between glass globe, water, the motif, and...driving snow lets them stage eerily beautiful stories, turning a tacky souvenir into a microcosm of existential wintry moods and vehicle for a distinctive deep-black humor.
The presentation includes sculptures, dioramas, and photographs for a multifaceted introduction to Martin & Muñoz’s dystopian universe.
Entrada actualizada el el 25 nov de 2019
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