Shredded postcards create stunning collages of destinations around the world

Via Creative Boom submission. All images courtesy of the artist and the Ben Brown Fine Arts gallery

Sao Paolo, Brazil-born artist Vik Muniz is debuting a new series of shredded collage artwork at the Ben Brown Fine Arts gallery in Hong Kong, his second solo show there.

The exhibition features his recent Album and Postcards from Nowhere series for which he obsessively collected vintage photographs and postcards and then shredded and collaged them to create bold new imagery magnified to a staggering scale.

The works offer a meditation on the personal versus the collective, the precious versus the ephemeral, nostalgia and modernity. Muniz is renowned for his ingenious employment of unusual materials, including dust, sugar, chocolate, diamonds, caviar, toys, paper hole-punches, junk, dry pigment and magazine shreds, to reconstruct images that tap into the viewer’s subconscious visual repository and beg for further investigation.

As Ben Brown Fine Arts states: "In the Postcards from Nowhere series Muniz similarly explores ideas of memory, nostalgia and intimacy through his collection of vintage postcards repurposed to create vibrant vistas of iconic cities and landmarks around the world, including the Hong Kong and Shanghai skylines, the Great Wall of China, and Piccadilly Circus in London.

"Muniz is interested in the history of sending and collecting postcards as a recollection of one’s travels and a form of communication, which has since been replaced by the instantaneous nature of modern technology. The thick format of the vintage photographs collaged together, coupled with the studio lighting used to photograph them, result in a three-dimensional, tactile quality in these monumental photographs."

The exhibition runs until 4th March 2015. If you're in Hong Kong, make sure to check it out.