Martin & Munoz’s life force is tangible
New York duo Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz have a bewildering knack for manifesting what I’ll delicately call “life force.” They are equally adept at realistic sculpture as they are in creating fairy tale microcosms (they’re particularly well known for their mind-blowing snowglobes). In both cases they achieve maximum effect through the allowance of space to the terrible and the fantastic, and in any event their work is wondrous to behold.
Particularly inspiring is their common treatment of these opposing realms. Whether realistic or fantastic, one may perceive a disregard for the rules governing humanity’s relationship with nature. This playfulness results in a rich vividness, a tangible and organic sensation which animates and invites to make believe.
Martin, a Virginian, and the Madrilenian Munoz have compliled a marvellous body of work, and their resumes include pages of exhibitions, grants, and collections. The easiest way to check it out is to take the A,C, or E lines to Canal Street Station, NY, where you’ll see “The Gathering,” a permanent installation of 181 bronze birds.