Summer is flying by and one thing I suggest you do if you live in Atlanta or visiting the area, is to visit the Vik Muniz exhibit at the High Museum of Art. The exhibit is in it’s final weeks and closes on August 21, 2016.
I was introduced to this amazing artist by Vern Yip when we were lucky enough to be invited to dinner at his home with Fabricut , one of our favorite fabric lines during the 2015 Design Blogger’s Conference. You can read that blog post HERE!
He and his husband are big art collectors. I was very intrigued by a particular piece in their collection. The piece is called The Raft of the Medusa from Pictures of Chocolate by Vik Muniz. He does photographic representations of work using ordinary objects such as industrial garbage, peanut butter and jelly, wire, sugar, chocolate and grains of sand.
I was so excited to take my granddaughter to experience this interesting art medium. The first piece we saw was a self portrait of Muniz himself.
When you look closely, this is what you see:
Muniz’s use of junk and garbage as building materials for his compositions is truly amazing. To make his Pictures of Junk and Pictures of Garbage series, he placed his camera on a platform raised by a crane high above a warehouses floor. Using the open space below as a canvas, he arranged debris into sculptural compositions.
Here is some more of his incredible work:
When Muniz begins work on a new series and with a new set of materials, he almost always experiments first with a self portrait. This is from the Album series, 2014
Vik, 2 Years Old
and the close up detail…
We were pleasantly surprised to see that there was also an Eric Carle exhibit. This exhibit runs through January 8, 2017. I have fond memories of reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and so many other stories to my daughters and and enjoying his bright illustrations. Now, I am reading those same books to my granddaughter!
“Art gives us an experience like nothing else can, a chance to connect, understand, and explore perceptions, feelings, and innovative thoughts. Museums provide a space for reflection, experimentation, inspiration, creativity, enjoyment and allow for authentic learning experiences and play. Bringing children to the museum reveals children and adults as being equally active in learning, putting them on equal standing as they create a shared understanding. It’s a democratic process.” —Jamee Yung, Education Coordinator, Weisman Art Museum
So go do something cultural and “exposure yourself: 🙂
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