The Gallery: Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz

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Traveler 78 at Night, 2003. Snowglobe, 9x6x6” & C-Print, 40x33” ed. of 5

Summer heat getting you down? Take a look at this work by the husband and wife team Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz, who are putting the "edge" and craftsmanship back into snowglobes.

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Blindness, 2007. C-Print, 35 x 71” ed. of 6

Martin & Munoz construct miniature scenes and insert them into snow globes. When they chose to, they shift these landscapes to a monumental scale through photography (ltd. ed. prints $1,200, snow globes, $10,000).

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3 Snow Globes from the Traveler Series

Some would argue that the wilderness is the main character... others have stated that the artists take "tragic or cult-related real-life incidents... and recontextualize them as snow-globes to symbolically 'contain' the situations and thereby make them more accessible to the public."

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After the Fire, 2006, C-print, 35 x 72” ed. of 6

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Alone Together, 2005. C-Print, 40 x 33” ed. of 5

Whatever... they are thought-provoking, intricate and sublime. And, well, cool -- in temperature and intrigue. Enjoy.

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The Nursery, 2007. C-Print, 36 x 60” ed. of 6

My friend Vicki assures me they fashion the trees by hand, and find "stock" figures to repaint and transform. All in the Poconos no less. Bravo!

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Traveler 204, 2006. Snowglobe, 9x6x6” & C-Print, 40x33” ed. of 5

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Snow Globe installation, Kiasma Museum


Thanks Vicki, and Art Candy/NYMag!

Inquiries about the works featured here? Please contact the artists directly via email or see the P·P·O·W Gallery, New York or best yet.... check out the show (about to close on Friday!) at George Adams Gallery at 525 West 26th Street, First Floor

Know any artists whose work would make a home a lovelier place? Send ideas o The Gallery. Thanks!