Sunday, February 8, 2009

Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz

Working within the constraints of a snow globe format, Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz collaborate to create mesmerizing miniature winter wonderland environments, and then record them in color photographic format. At first the work appears to be whimsical and playful, but on closer observation it is rather eerie, and sometimes downright macabre. Martin & Munoz create the figures, paint, and then position them within the environments they construct. The final compositions are then captured in photographs.

Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz live in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania and maintain a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their work is in the collections of many prominent institutions, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Miami Art Museum. The artists are represented by P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York.





A Winter Walk, 2006, C-print, 39" x 65", edition of 6


Cold Front, 2004, C-print, 26" x 60", edition of 5



Crossing the Watery Glass, 2005, C-print, 30" x 72", edition of 6



The Orchard at Night, 2005, C-print, 35" x 72", edition of 6



Meanwhile Further South, 2007, C-print, 35" x 72", edition of 6



Facing Silence, 2004, C-print, 40" x 33", edition of 5


Traveler 204, 2006, snowglobe, 9" x 6" x 6",
C-print, 40" x 33", edition of 5


Traveler 78 at Night, 2003, Snowglobe, 9" x 6" x 6", edition of 5


Travelers, 2000-2006, Snow Globes, mixed media, 9" x 6" x 6" each
(from the ongoing Traveler series, 2001-2007)


If you are like me, you can't afford much art, but here is a great book of their work:

18 comments:

Char said...

wow - I've never seen those before - you're right, they're fantastic.

hmstrjam said...

love these- we saw their opening in Chelsea last fall! How can you go wrong with snow globes?!

Dooder City said...

i love this. i watch that show on the food network ace of cakes and they make the little figures for the cakes and these remind me of that.

The Seeker said...

OMG I LOVE this!!!!
Thanks for sharing.
I love art, can't afford much of it, but love to see.

xoxo

Kitten said...

They make winter look beautiful!

Awesome Sara said...

These are stunning!!! Me want.

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Thanks for showcasing these quietly moving (disturbing) works. Love 'em! Brilliant.

Michelle said...

Wow, soo stunning

thereddeer said...

Wow these are amazing!!! I love them!

Girl Japan said...

These are stunning, esp the couple.. see this is why I LOVE snow globes....

The Man Who Knew Too Much said...

These are crazy cool!

Life With Dogs said...

I love this work. Amazing feel.

...love Maegan said...

I love them ..you know :) ...the first is my fave. I want a print of it ...but it's 10K now ...boohooo.

Fabulástico said...

Found it quite interesting! I remember seeing other artist (don't remember the name thought) in ARco (Madrid art fair) with a similar work only more depressive and ironic.Thanks for sharing.

Detta said...

oh how i love those.sigh,i too wish i could afford to buy art.

p.s. they remind me of this
http://little-people.blogspot.com/

creative kerfuffle said...

snow globes and art--what a perfect combo!

Chris said...

These are stunning! It seems like such a perfect medium to explore.

Paul Pincus said...

love m&m. ... we have the cliff and the mail boat. i'm obsessed with their work!