Staying Cool in Atlanta: Vik Muniz at The High Museum of Art

Atlanta summers are hot! This isn't news to me or anyone else who lives here, but I sometimes forget how much it impacts what I do and where I go.  For someone who loves to be outside, I'd never take a long walk in the middle of the day.  Lately, whenever I meander down to Ponce City Market [which mind you, isn't far at all!] I arrive in a puddle of sweat.  Let me tell you, it's not a cute look.  Oh Atlanta.  How dependent I've become on air conditioning because of you.  Let's not forget the random [or lately, increasingly predictable] mid afternoon thunderstorms. It's sunny one minute and a monsoon the next.  Sigh.  Between the heat and the daily storms, I've been spending a lot of time working and working out indoors.  Sometimes I get a bit stir crazy, so it's nice to have options of places to go in the city where I can do something fun or entertaining or informative while staying cool. One such place for me would have to be The High Museum of Art.

I was here last month with friends, and it reminded me how much I love museums. When I lived in New York and Boston, I'd spend hours inside museums. Art is so relaxing for me, and though I'm not necessarily studying up on what I'm viewing, I do get so much inspiration and peach from seeing other people's creativity realized. 

I wanted to give this particular exhibit a quick mention because it really resonated wit hme and I'm always excited to art from an artist who's putting out work right now. Vik Muniz, an artist from São Paulo, Brazil, does incredible things with unconventional materials.

He seems to get the most attention from his work with food [like the pair of Mona Lisa's shown above in peanut butter and jelly], and though they are so striking and innovative, what really piques my interest is his collage work. [shown below]

The use of colors and materials is really quite something.  The art feels so three dimensional. The piece of Paris below was a favorite of mine. I may need to pick up a print of it soon!

I was also intrigued by the pixelated images he created using Pantone paint chips to recreate existing works of art.

This last piece really needs to be appreciated in person, but if you look closely, the many rectangles of color are actually individual quadrants of pure pigment.  For someone who works with paint and pigment sometimes, I'm just amazed how he was able to perfectly position each rectangle! For me, the colors are so beautiful and are the essence of paint and art. 

The Vik Muniz exhibit is nearing it's end [August 21st], so I highly recommend spending one of the many hot or rainy Atlanta days checking out his work.  The scale of his work is large and dynamic, and he works with such a variety of mediums, there's something for everyone to appreciate.