1.23.2011

VIC MUNIZ ON BEAUTY

I'm catching up on an old file of clippings torn from newspapers and magazines, the sort of thing I put aside to save because something touched me--and then promptly misplace. So I've just found an article describing a film, Waste Land, about photographer Vik Muniz' 2008 project, Pictures of Trash. Bonni Benrubi first introduced me to Muniz' work, a photographed recreation in chocolate of an iconic Manet painting. Eventually, I hope, I'll get to see this film, in which documents the creation of enormous portraits made of garbage.

But I saved the article because of this quote: "The really magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A lot of time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a bit more intention, you see it."

13 comments:

Madgew said...

Just watched the trailer. Put it on my netflix queue. Beautiful movie.

Bruce Barone said...

That is a wonderful quote.

Thank You for sharing it.

I am reminded of another quote; one of my favorites:

"Absolute attention is prayer."
~Simone Weil

Which, in turn, I use with this one:

"Seeing: We might say that the whole of life lies in that verb - if not ultimately, at least essentially."
~Tielhard de Chardin

Stay warm!

Daniel said...

Saw Vik's documentary at a preview at Art Basel Miami this past December. It is both moving and inspiring!

mary said...

This quote touches right at my point of growth. The gift of being present in the moment and knowing that you are part of it. Thanks for reminding me of the joy of being.

Grace said...

Yes, the quote hits me straight at the heart! Thank you for sharing. The movie trailer intrigues me. Surely, I could find and watch the movie here in the UK...

Streams Full of Stars said...

So many threads to comment on! First, your wonderful words: "the air is tinseled". Exquisite.
About the roller coaster of life - and writing about it as openly as you do - please know that the sharing you do makes everyone feel like a kindred spirit. Isn't that the most amazing part of all this global technology?
And the dreams - and those mornings after, I find that growing older, much reassurance is coming from poetry - back to H.S. lit.? But it reads so much better now! I am enamoured with Billy Collins and re. the long nights, Fleur Adcock's poem Things captures the dark feelings and just knowing one other person in the entire world expresses those feelings - so instantly recognizable - somehow makes everything bearable.
Things
"There are worse things than having behaved foolishly in public.
There are worse things than these miniature betrayals, committed or endured or suspected; there are worse things than not being able to sleep for thinking about them.
It is 5 a.m. All the worse things come stalking in and stand icily about the bed looking worse and worse and worse."

About your trip to India, I think you would enjoy her poem Leaving The Tate. What marvelous sights will you see there that you will 'choose to frame'? Happy adventuring! (For inspiration, any of the 19th or early 20th century women travellers like Mary Kingsley or Delia Akeley fill me with boundless admiration! How did they do the things they did? Crossing Africa virtually alone? Impressive!)

Holly said...

I'm so glad you came across that article again. I clip little things out all the time from magazines or newspapers and then forget about them. When you stumble back upon, them it's a small gift that can make your day. Thank you for introducing me to Vik Muniz, what a talent.

lilly said...

The documentary "Waste Land" filmed over nearly three years (here in Brazil was awarded the title of "Special Waste"), known through the trash.
The shooting follows the renowned artist Vik Muniz in which he travels from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil to reach one of the largest landfill in the world, Gramacho Garden, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There Vik photographed an eclectic group of collectors, who call themselves collectors of recyclable materials, the monitors showing the developments that the film back into the lives of scavengers.
Another strong point of the movie is the soundtrack, which is signed by Moby.

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