If you have read a few of my posts, you will know of my slight Van Gogh obsession – who doesn’t love a ear slicing genius who knew how to paint the night sky. But I am not such a Gogh purest that I can’t enjoy the quirky reinterpretations of his work.
I came across the work of Vik Muniz in the Center of Contemporary Art in Malaga. Low and behold he had recreated Van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Cypresses by making a collage of pages ripped from magazines. First up, it is done really well; it is a beautiful impressionist work in its own right – everything from the colours to the movement are just so. But it also gives the work a new meaning, the artist who was driven mad by voices has his work recreated using the voices of journalists (potentially the most insidious type of voice).
It also created something bigger than the sum of its parts – literally. The work was created from magazines and then photographed, which meant that the image displayed in the gallery was huge. Giving you the chance to see the infinite detail (and read the everyday words) that make up this intriguing take on a classic.