I Visited the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia Sunday with the Rome Art Coterie to view the Fast Forward and Thornton Dial exhibits. Both exhibits were enjoyable though I came away with no clear cut favorite piece from either exhibit. However, there were several notable and / or interesting works. The Fast Forward exhibit provided my first opportunities to view works by personal favorite artists Rene Magritte and Max Ernst, as well as Willem de Kooning. De Kooning's Woman I is a piece I had seen online and in a magazine article and was bothered by the piece. Seeing it in person, I came away with the same feeling much of which is tied to the execution of the face and that rabid expression. Also, interesting was Jean Dubuffet's work The Jewish Woman. I can't say that I enjoyed the piece but was taken by its directness. The Thornton Dial exhibit was intriguing for the scope and size of the mixed media works as well as their darker themes but I, more enjoyed, his drawings but I do tend to prefer drawings and their rawness to the some, if not often, times overinflated look of completed works.
Eric was conceived in the silence of a simple hand gesture and born in January of ‘78. He grew up interested in simple doodles of flowers and big trucks, photos of shadows and dark faces and maps, and old men with fake hair. Since, his studies have narrowed to a focus on papier-mache sculpting, acrylic painting and ink drawing. The grounds he works on vary from paper to wood to canvas.