High Museum

Art at the High

If you have ever had an inclination to visit the High Museum in Atlanta, you should do it now.  

Vic Muniz

The portrait above is made out of tiny toys.  Vic Muniz is so prolific at using so many different materials to create art - toys, marinara sauce, diamonds, sand, sugar, trash.  He is interested in the moment when everyday objects transform into something else as you step away from the art piece.   

Vic Muniz

Thousands of tiny photographs become...

Vic Muniz

...a birthday party.  He said that he has been accused of using "unconventional materials", but really he uses the most conventional materials available.  

But he does take the materials farther than anyone has previously imagined (except maybe every small child with a plate of spaghetti).  He hired a sky writer to draw "cartoon" clouds over city skylines and then photographed them - 

Vic Muniz

He hired a scientist to help him draw pictures with a laser onto a SINGLE grain of sand and then photographed the picture through a microscope.  You have to see it in person.

While Vic Muniz's art seems so planned, Jean-Michel Basquiat's art seems "train of thought".   

Jean-Michel Basquiat

There are notebooks filled with incomplete thoughts.  Ideas.  Words.  Phrases.  Even words that are incomplete.  It has inspired me to play more with words.  But out of all of it, I found this photograph of Basquiat by Warhol the most riveting -  

You will not be able to leave these exhibits without thoughts of what you can do...

Atlanta at the High

I went to the High Museum today to see the Iris Van Herpen exhibit, but there were also a lot of interesting people and outfits.

The dressses by Iris Van Herpen are really more like sculptures than wearable fashion.  She says in the video that she is inspired by nature, but the materials tell her what to make.  She is attracted to materials that she doesn't know how to work with.  


The exhibit is well worth seeing.

In the rest of the museum, the contemporary art and photographs are my favorites - 

Painting by Gerhard Richter

Photograph by Sarah Hobbs

Beth Lilly's photograph is haunting, and I love how she hand writes descriptions of her scenes -

And as we were leaving, a girl walked right into my tree photograph.  Lovely.