Sunday, January 21, 2007

Works by Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz

Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz... Traveler 170 at Night (2005, Snowglobe, 9x6x6 inches, Photograph 40x33 inches C-Print). From Works by Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz. "...Few things are more gratifying to the eye and the imagination than a good snow globe. The collaborators Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz have taken advantage of this foolproof form to tell evocative tales of lonesome travelers in frozen wildernesses. Each water-filled six-inch sphere, mounted on a round wooden base, contains an arctic topography of snow-clad hills and boulders and dead trees where one or more little plastic people (bought at model-making supply stores) are passing through or stranded.
In most cases they are carrying suitcases, briefcases or backpacks and are dressed not for polar exploration but in ordinary street clothes. A woman stoops to peer into the hollow at the base of a tree. A little schoolgirl finds her path blocked by a stocky bald man in a shirt and tie. A wolf stalks a woman in red. A man sits disconsolately on a rough wooden platform high in a dead tree. An S.U.V. gone off track is buried in snow. Snow falls gently on these sad scenes when the globes are jostled."


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