We went to the wonderfully art deco Asian Art Museum to see the works of Vik Muniz who does some original works, but most striking were the recreation of famous works using nontraditional mediums. The one exception was his recreating Monet's Waterlilies with hole-punch confetti was just too many layers of impressionistic abstraction for my liking. But his work with junk, toys, string, clouds, cotton balls, food, dirt, ashes, etc were all very impressive. And the range of scale he works at, from a couple square inches to several football fields in size is just amazing. The larger stuff is the sort of thing you would expect from Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
Some examples of Muniz's work:
And Muniz's webpage:
The museum also has a nice, though small, art deco section to go with the building and they have an exhibit of Buddhist ritual art. One this I really liked about some of the Buddhist art was the sense of motion the clothing the statues have. The forms themselves are always motionless and serene, but the clothing often looks like it's fluttering in a maelstrom. I suppose this is to show how the person is a island of calm in the chaos of the world. But what ever it's symbolism, it's a nice effect.
Anyway, I recommend the show. I would recommend Emily too, because she's so awesome, but I'd rather not share her, so I'm not recommending her. So there. :-P
Tonight, for those that know Beau, the museum he works out of, Suite 100 Gallery is having an opening tonight. The show is entitled "Made You Look" and should be a fun/silly one. Emily and I will be there. Any of you who can should join us.