Vik Muniz Petri (2015) plate set includes six limited edition plates titled: Diffuse Salmonella, Chiral Jam, Tepid Tip-Splitters, Tip-Splitting Morphotype, Bacteria Chirality, Chiral Colony, and Soft Splitting Bacteria.
Made in France.
About the Artist:
Vik Muniz (Brazilian-American, born 1961) is distinguished as one of the most innovative and creative artists of our time. Endlessly playful and inventive in his approach, Muniz harnesses a remarkable virtuosity in creating his renowned “photographic delusions.” Working with a dizzying array of unconventional materials—including sugar, tomato sauce, diamonds, magazine clippings, chocolate syrup, dust, and junk—Muniz painstakingly builds tableaux before recording them with his camera. From a distance, the subject of each resulting photograph is discernible; up close, the work reveals a complex and surprising matrix through which it was assembled. That revelatory moment when one thing transforms into another is of deep interest to the artist.
Muniz collaborated with French porcelain maker Bernardaud to produce this limited edition of 2,500 plates. To capture the designs, Muniz suspended various strains of bacteria in Agar gel, creating what Muniz called “a microscopic traffic jam,” and then photographed the bacteria. The bacteria, when photographed through a microscope, make for vibrantly colored, abstract decoration, while echoing the texture and effects of typical ceramic glazes.