Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz

16.11.2011 in15:12 in Art -->


The holidays are on the horizon and what a perfect time to explore the work of Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz. Living in Pennsylvania and Spain, Martin and Munoz create magical worlds encased in the timeless snowglobes. Walter does much of the construction and Paloma does much of the photography. These tiny tableaus are irresistable and are now featured in a book published by Aperture, and also in their print program.

” Within the simple constraints of a glass globe, the captivating images in Travelers conjure up entire sequences of imaginary worlds and events. Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz collaboratively create mesmerizing miniature snowbound environments, then record them in chilly color photographs. At first glance the work is playful; on closer observation, it often reveals darker narratives: lone wanderers survey the frigid landscape, people and creatures exhibit unnatural tendencies, and ill-defined crimes are committed.

Martin and Muñoz create the figures—either adapting ready-mades or shaping them out of clay—then paint and position them within environments that they also construct. The final compositions are then captured in photographs that are meticulously stitched and adjusted digitally for the final effect. Curator Dan Cameron has complemented the artists on their ability to juggle both visual and psychological charges: “At the same time that they produce riddle-like parables about modern existence, they do not shirk the artist’s obligation to invent a new formulation of tactile and even sensual pleasure.”