Our trip to the contemporary museum of art was inspiring and mind expanding. We felt like movie stars as we entered, walking along a long red carpet with “paparazzi” clicking away. Some high school students had been doing special art projects and this was part of their whole presentation.
My favorites of the show were the giant Chuck Close self portrait, the cigarettes left in an ashtray off to the corner, the large piece of what looked like cardboard but was actually bronze, the small boy by Ron Mueck (I have been wanting to see a Mueck in person and it did not disappoint) …oh there were just too many to even mention.
Everywhere you looked there was a little treat for the eye. Little weeds growing out of the corner of the room that were actually made out of wood, an elevator for very tiny creatures, a giant milk bottle…on and on.
Here’s the link if you would still like to go. They will be up until the end of May.
And here’s the description from the website…
Is it real? Lifelike invites a close examination of works based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, often playful, and sometimes surreal. This group exhibition, which debuted at the Walker Art Center, features artists variously using scale, unusual materials, and sly contextual devices to reveal the manner in which their subjects’ “authenticity” is manufactured.
Avoiding the brand-name flashiness embraced by 1960s Pop and the slick urban scenes introduced at that time by the Photorealists, the artists in Lifelike investigate the quieter side of the quotidian, choosing potentially overlooked items or moments as subject matter: a paper bag, an eraser, an apple core, a waiting room, an afternoon nap. They also favor a handmade, labor-intensive practices rather than technological enhancements. The resulting works—including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, and video—transform the ordinary into something beguiling, loaded with narrative and metaphor, and imbued with an arresting sense of humanity.
Afterwards we had a nice dinner overlooking the ocean. It was a beautiful night to hang out with my fellow illustrators.