VIK MUNIZ & Wasteland

Artist Feature, vol. 3 If you haven’t yet heard, this Brazilian native turned world-renowned visual artist went to one of the largest dumpsters in the world (Jardim Gramacho outside of Rio de Janeiro) to create portraits of the “catadores”. The catadores are the individuals who work at the site separating recyclable materials from general waste. This 2011 Oscar nominated documentary entitled “Wasteland” shows Vik and his colleagues throughout the course of a year getting to know each of these characters and their lives as he develops an “image” for the project. He decides to depict each of them in a…

WILD BEASTS: ” Les Fauves”

Before ever knowing what I was looking at, every time I have ever seen a work by Matisse I’ve been drawn to it. Though he painted traditional subjects – portraits, landscapes and still lifes – as opposed to abstractions, his use of “un-naturalistic” vibrant colors and “undisguised brushstrokes” produces something truly unique. Though I personally enjoy some abstraction, the distortion of reality  to express emotion draws me in as it introduces new possibilities to the world I see around me. Is my skin really tan? Is the sky always blue? Is the grass always green? I come to realize that, first of…

SALVADOR DALI in Florida?

So I recently discovered one of Salvador Dalí’s most important collections is housed right here in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sure, sure some “Miami-ans” might think the 4 hour drive is excessive to go look at some crazy paintings on a wall… but for those old-school folks, who still appreciate the first-hand experience of art, this is a true find. Given the limited nature of available art collections in South Florida (in comparison to major centers like New York, London, Paris…) this Dalí Museum brings to me a fresh sense of inspiration and hope right in my backyard- it reminds me…