The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia is definitely on the list of “Top Things I Ever Spent $5 on.” The museum is part of Tula Art Center, a self-described hidden treasure (agreed) in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. Bennett Street is also home to the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery.
For some reason, this exhibit just sprang to mind tonight. It must be that Halloween is in the air. Richard Scott Hill created some of the best Halloween art I have ever seen. I don’t think that is what he was doing, but to me, it is perfect Halloween art. Hill took self-portraits of Rembrandt and then cut the eyes and nose out and pasted them onto images of other people. It is brilliant and hilarious and disturbing all at once. I love it and think it is just so wildly creative. His images actually remind me of the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Take a look.
The expression of Rembrandt pasted on the pregnant woman could actually be very close to her real facial expression. This is the most true to life example.
Next, we have the toddler.
A toddler acting or appearing as an old man kills. Every time. Think of the baby commercial where he is talking in his grown-up voice when he finds out that riding the dog is “apparently frowned upon in this establishment.” It kills me, it really does.
Lastly, we have a skeleton with a face.
Need I say more? He actually looks happy to me. He could practically join the animated cast of Nightmare Before Christmas.
I love Halloween.
January 13, 2018 at 9:04 pm
I’m the kid under the mask, and the pregnant lady is my mom. Both of these pieces are hanging in my mom’s home. Richard is one of my favorite artists, and probably my favorite of my parents friends to go spend time with as a kid.
December 28, 2018 at 10:13 am
He did not just paste the mask on a photograph. He made a mask out of Rembrandt’s self portrait, and then he went around Atlanta taking photos of people wearing the mask. Also dogs. He also had people come into his studio. I bought 7 different ones from him, and they hang in a row like an ugly family galkery. We are all Rembrandt.