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Chamber Concert Series
Georgia Southwestern State University has announced its 2011-2012 Chamber Concert Series: Feb. 9 - Ensemble Chaconne, "European Masters in 18th c. London," Feb. 27 - Roger Chase, viola and Michiko Otaki, piano. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at GSW's Jackson Performance Hall. Season tickets for all concerts are available: adults/$45, GSW faculty and staff/$40, senior citizens/$35 and Habitat for Humanity volunteers/$25. GSW students and children 15 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets to individual performances are also available. For more information call 931-2204.
Lake Blackshear Regional Library
The Sumter County Friends of the Public Library host their 23rd
annual theater event Jan. 27-29. Tickets will go on sale in January.
The Macon County Historical Museum is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment. Call the Montezuma Downtown Development Authority at 478-472-4777 for more information.
The High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
• A major multi-site exhibition of work by Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS. “KAWS: Down Time” will open on Feb. 18, 2012, with a 22-foot-high, site-specific mural painted in the Margaretta Taylor Lobby of the High’s Wieland Pavilion, along with a 24-foot-long triptych hung in of the Museum’s Robinson Atrium. In addition, a gallery installation of paintings, drawings and sculpture will feature a grid of 27 tondo paintings, each 40 inches in diameter. Visitors will be able to watch KAWS over the course of a week in early February as he creates the mural exclusively for the High. The exhibition will also include KAWS’s monumental sculpture “Companion” (2010), which will be installed on the Museum’s piazza on November 18, 2011. “KAWS: Down Time” has been organized exclusively for the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and will be on view from Feb. 18, 2012, through May 27, 2012.
“From their saturated palettes and seductive surfaces to their complex spatial geometries, KAWS’s paintings have a formal elasticity that is humorous and playful as well as complex, sophisticated and discursive,” said Michael Rooks, the High’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “KAWS has created a new order of American Pop—one that suggests the protean universe of New York abstraction re-imagined within the frame of Cartoon Network. His work is uncannily familiar but foreign at the same time, like in a dream, and it unites the often distant worlds of fine art and youth culture.”
An influential member of a new generation of street artists who have successfully united commercial enterprises with their artistic practices, KAWS employs his skill and delight as a designer of toys and other objects in his practice as a painter and sculptor. The objects he produces for commercial consumption are in direct dialogue with his art; in fact, he thinks of his t-shirt designs as “drawings.” His new paintings in this exhibition allude to pop culture sources such as Sponge Bob Square Pants, as well as the more obscure work of artist H. C. Westermann, who also drew upon popular cartoon imagery in his work. “Companion,” which will be installed on the Museum’s Sifly Piazza, represents one of several hybrid figures created by KAWS who are part of a growing cast of characters. Enlarged to a monumental scale, “Companion” fuses a Mickey Mouse-inspired body with an inflated skull-and-crossbones head, an image that has become emblematic of KAWS. The sculpture’s contemplative pose recalls Rodin’s famed “The Thinker,” provoking us to wonder what is on the character’s mind and inviting us to empathize with its tragicomic posture.