The artist Vik Muniz is known for exploring the nature and techniques of photography and the way society reads and consumes photographic images. He does this by creating photography-inspired images using fleeting, unorthodox materials: chocolate syrup, dirt, paint chips, spaghetti--and ink--and then he takes photographs of them.
Which, to a kid making faces out of macaroni at preschool, makes perfect sense.
Christies is selling Pantheon I (American Men) Mr. Rogers (From Pictures of Ink) on July 10th in NYC. It's large, 40x30 inches, and is estimated to go for $8-12,000, which, in this freaked out art market, is a pretty affordable neighborhood. result: it sold for $18,000, including a 20% buyer's premium [christies.com]