Mayhem and Chaos in Snow Globes and On Islands (15 Pics)

The Well

Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz are geniuses at creating beautiful but tragic stories. What you once thought was playful and innocent is actually a world of chaos; lone wanderers survey the frigid landscape, people and creatures exhibit unnatural tendencies and ill-defined crimes are committed. These imaginary worlds and events will shock you into believing that this world is more cold than we think; where every man is out for himself.

Like fairy tales or dreams, the tiny tableaus work as psychological metaphors: specifically, a stage everyone is bound to enter when life has lost its warmth and promise, at which point finding a new way becomes desperately urgent. They speak to isolation and environment, cause and effect, connection and disconnection on individual, global, and ideological levels all within the confines of a snow globe (Travelers) or on landscape panoramas (Islands).

TRAVELERS

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Alone Together

A Strange Mob

Between Too Much and Me

Meeting and Passing

The Labyrinth

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Untitled

Untitled

ISLANDS

Pantano

The Wind

Running

Blindness

Almost Home

Upcoming Exhibitions:
NewNow,
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
Open January 23, 2009 through March 29, 2009

The Garden at 4 A.M., Gana Art, New York, NY
Open February 12th, 2009 through March 14 , 2009

Martin & Muñoz: Wayward Bound,
Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Open March 1, 2009 through May 31, 2009

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Open May 16, 2009 through January 14, 2011 (Group show, travels)

Ultrasonic, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Open September 18, 2009 through October 27, 2009

You can find Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz: Travelers Book on Amazon.

Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz website

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Comment by PANDA JU on February 3, 2009 at 5:09pm
Imagination x (too much Alfred Hitchcock Presents + Twilight Zone) + obsession with snow
Comment by alice on January 28, 2009 at 2:18pm
Down. That's way down the line. But let's put it in our calendars.
Comment by Will on January 28, 2009 at 2:18pm
Oh yeah... and the first one reminds me of the Ring. It gives me the creeps.
Comment by Will on January 28, 2009 at 2:17pm
Yase... they're pretty sweet. I'd like to see "Lemmings" one where there are a bunch of people wearing business suits clutching stacks of Washington Mutual stock certificates walking over the edge of a cliff into the sea in a snowglobe. (Was that a run on sentence?)
Comment by Eugene on January 28, 2009 at 2:17pm
I do!
Comment by sAm on January 28, 2009 at 2:09pm
Those are crazy cool! The artists will be showing on the Westside in September. Who wants to go?
Ultrasonic, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Open September 18, 2009 through October 27, 2009
Comment by Eugene on January 28, 2009 at 10:10am
These are hilarious! Nice post!!
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