This Saturday July 28th, the white walls of the High Museum of Art will become a screen for artist Micah Stansell’s stunning projection, The Water and the Blood. Specially formatted to cover the Museum’s exterior, this is the first time the video installation will be screened outdoors and it will take a full 8 projectors situated on the roofs surrounding Sifly Piazza to pull it off. Even the still images from Stansell’s piece are rather breathtaking and put into motion on such a large scale, the aesthetic effect alone is sure to be overwhelming. As the Art in America review describes, however, The Water and the Blood offers some narrative reflection as well as it “explores the way in which information is pieced together to create a narrative. Rather than develop a plot, Stansell constructs character sketches and allows viewers to connect the dots.”
The projection will run from dusk to midnight as part of the High’s Culture Shock: Homegrown event, which will celebrate the work of a variety of Southern artists. The night will feature music from The Whiskey Gentry and Ashanti “the mad violinist” Floyd and will also highlight exhibitions currently on display in the galleries, including Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals fromTalladega College, Picturing New York/Picturing the South, and Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley.
*Image courtesy of Micah Stansell